Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stunner in New England; Cardinals 20, Patriots 18; Two-TD Underdog Arizona Survives on Missed Late Kick

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stunner in New England; Cardinals 20, Patriots 18; Two-TD Underdog Arizona Survives on Missed Late Kick

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Stephen Gostkowski lay face down on the field after missing a shot at a kicking a winning field goal. On the sideline, Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals celebrated their victory.

The most accurate kicker in New England Patriots history sent a 42-yard attempt wide to the left on the next to last play of the game - after making three longer field goals - and the Cardinals held on for a 20-18 win on Sunday.

"Nobody really gave us a chance," said Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose team was a two-touchdown underdog. "But our guys believed they could do it and it's great to see them operate that way."

Backup quarterback Kolb did his part by throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Arizona's defense contributed by sacking Tom Brady four times. And the special teams came through with a blocked punt that set up a touchdown.

"We knew what kind of game this was going to be," said Kolb, filling in for John Skelton, who sat out because of a sprained ankle. "We've been kind of stressing it all week, stay patient, don't get greedy."

The Cardinals (2-0) have won nine of their last 11 games.

The Patriots began their final possession after Vince Wilfork recovered a fumble by Ryan Williams at the Cardinals' 30-yard line with 1:01 left. A 30-yard run into the end zone by Danny Woodhead was nullified by a holding penalty against Rob Gronkowski. New England then moved to the 24 before Brady spiked the ball to stop the clock with 6 seconds left. But Gostkowski missed.

"I had a chance to win and it came down to me and I didn't pull through, and it stinks," said Gostkowski, who had been three for three in his career on field-goal attempts in the final two minutes with a chance to tie or win a game.

The Patriots were content to let Gostkowski try a 42-yarder at the end as Brady took a knee on two straight plays to run time off before spiking the ball. …

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