No one believed it could happen, but the Arizona Cardinals went into Foxborough and defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 by a strong performance by the Arizona defense, a passing touchdown and a running touchdown by Kevin Kolb and a Stephen Gostkowski missed field goal at the end of the game.
Arizona scored first and second with two field goals in the first quarter by Jay Feely, and the Patriots answered with a field goal of their own by Stephen Gostkowski. Gostkowski would kick another field goal in the second quarter to tie things up.
In the third quarter, Arizona would hold the Patriots to another field goal, but then the big plays came for the Cardinals.
Quentin Groves blocked a Patriots punt and Kevin Kolb found Andre Roberts on a wide receiver screen for a touchdown to give Arizona a 13-9 lead. They would add another touchdown to the lead in the fourth quarter on a five-yard sneak by Kevin Kolb to make it 20-9.
New England would make things interesting with Gostkowski's fourth field goal of the game and then Tom Brady, going no-huddle, took New England 82 yards in 11 plays to find Rob Gronkowski in the end zone to make the score 20-18. The two-point attempt failed and then Arizona had a chance to run the clock out.
Ryan Williams picked up a pair of first downs and then New England burned its final timeouts. All Arizona had to do was hold on to the ball. Unfortunately, Ryan Williams coughed the ball up and lost the fumble. New England took over at Arizona's 30-yard line.
Danny Woodhead ran for a 30-yard touchdown, but the play was nullified by a penalty. The would make it to the Arizona 24 and Gostkowski came on to kick the game-winner, which would have been his fifth field goal of the game. The kick was wide left and the Cardinals went into victory formation.
It was the surprise of the early season. Now the national media can start talking about the team's dominant defense. It is for real.
Kevin Kolb threw 140 yards and a TD, completing 15 of 27 passes. He also rushed for 20 yards and a score.
Tom Brady threw for 316 yards on 28/46 attempts. He threw a pick and a touchdown.
The Arizona running game was nonexistent. Beanie Wells ran for 44 yards on 14 carries and Williams ran for 13 yards on 10. For the Pats, Stevan Ridley, who ran for 125 in Week 1, was held to 71 yards on 18 carries.
The 2-0 Cardinals will host the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles next week.
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