The Cardinals Home Opener was spoiled Sunday night by a Tom Brady-less (and Gronk-less) New England Patriots team. That story will be beaten for the next week, and it will likely be used as a motivator for a team that struggled in nearly every facet.
Offensively, Arizona stalled at or near the 50 the entire first half. They're only first half Touchdown came following a strip sack. The Cardinals were outgained in total yards 363 to 344. The Cardinals played good Defense on first and second downs, but were unfortunately unable to capitalize on third down. They allowed the Patriots to convert 10/16 or 62%. The Cardinals offense managed to convert 6/12 (50%).
Time of Possession belonged to the Patriots. They held onto it for 33:59 compared to the Cardinals 26:01. The Cardinals allowed three sacks, while only getting two of their own.
The Cardinals did win the turnover battle however. They got two fumble recoveries, while not turning the ball over once. That happened despite Palmers numerous errant throws. There were four dropped interceptions, by my count.
Larry Fitgzerald caught his 100th touchdown of his career. He was the Cardinals top receiver on the night.
The Cardinals were outgained on the ground, 106-92. David Johnson broke off a 45 yard run to improve those stats.
The most important stat for both teams however are the wins. The Cardinals open their season 0-1 and have to start from behind to catch the Packers and Seahawks in the NFC. The Patriots are now 1-0 and have three games until Tom Bradys return.