FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The field-goal sailed wide left – much to the chagrin of the Gillette Stadium crowd who had never seen such a result – and the Arizona Cardinals had clearly decided to take their heart-stopping ways on the road.
A win in New England against the Patriots was unexpected by many beforehand, and the way the 20-18 Cards’ victory came about – when Stephen Gostkowski missed his final 42-yarder, after running back Ryan Williams seemed to have surely fumbled away the Cards’ hopes – may have been even more unexpected.
This team, though, likes its dramatics.
“If it is close,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said, “we have a pretty good chance to pull it out.”
In the opener, the Cards needed a defensive stand inside their own 10-yard line. Sunday, in order to hand the Patriots (1-1) their first loss in a home opener since the team moved into their new building in 2002, they had to withstand New England’s two-point conversion attempt that would have tied with just over two minutes left, Williams’ turnover and Gostskowski’s normally sure attempt.