Well, the game dragged in the first half, tied at 6-6 as the Arizona defense was stout and the New England offense was droopy. Finally in the second half the Patriots came to life, waiting until the fourth quarter! They drove down to score a TD but missed the two-point conversion. A fumble gave them the ball back in the final minutes but a nice scamper by Danny Woodhead into the end zone was called back by an iffy holding call on Gronk, and the Pats decided to settle for a field goal after the next few plays. Steven Gostkowski was 4-for-4 on the day, hitting scores of over 50 yards more than once, but then he shocked the faithful by kicking the ball wide left! With one second left, the Cardinals won.
So ends the Patriots' streak of winning the home opener since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002. Wes Welker broke Troy Brown's all-time Patriots reception record, but the game left a bad taste in everyone's mouths. The defense performed well but the offense and special teams effed up, as there was a blocked punt earlier in the game that set up an Arizona score.
Bad all around. Hopefully the Pats can come roaring out at Baltimore next week (Sunday Night Football). A pity that the weekend they inducted Patriot great Troy Brown into the Patriots' Hall Of Fame, they blew the game. Bleh. Tom was NOT happy, so hopefully he can lead the offense to brilliance next week.
The Bills and Dolphins won but the Jets lost, so the entire division is 1-1 right now.
The thing was, it looked like classic Patriots with the last-minute touchdown before it was called back and the prospective field goal, but they couldn't pull it off. :(