Watch wild turn of events that lifted Patriots to victory over Cardinals
The Patriots defeated the Cardinals in a wild affair.
Right after the two-minute warning, the New England Patriots had to stop the Arizona Cardinals on a 3rd and 2. It didn’t look promising for Bill Belichick’s side, which was getting gashed by its opponent all day, though the scoreboard didn’t suggest that.
But on a read-option, Kyler Murray handed the ball to Kenyan Drake when the star quarterback should’ve just kept it and tested the Patriots on the outside. Instead, Drake was swarmed and stopped short of the first-down marker. If they had moved the chains, this was one undoubtedly over. The Pats had no timeouts left and the Cards would’ve been much closer to a field goal.
But instead, Zane Gonzalez pushed the 45-yard attempt on fourth down, giving the Patriots life. Cam Newton and the offense got the ball back with a chance at redemption after the quarterback’s ghastly interception that put New England in this initial mess.
And man, did Cam come through! Despite an awful pass on a screen to kick off the drive followed by an incomplete pass, Newton escaped the pressure on 3rd and 13 to get to the first-down marker with less than 50 seconds to go … and he absorbed this monster hit which tacked on another 15 yards.
That was fast! Already in Cardinals territory. Eight yards later and the Patriots had set up Nick Folk for a field goal right around his maximum range of 50 yards (let’s be honest, we wouldn’t want Folk kicking from much farther away).
With three seconds remaining, the veteran once again made every Patriots fan forget about the team wasting a fifth-round draft pick on Justin Rohrwasser.
That baby’s good! Between a horrific display on offense (179 yards of total offense), a largely putrid performance on defense (298 yards allowed, 138 rushing), and getting no help from the refs, the Patriots somehow escaped this one with a 20-17 win to move to 5-6 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
That was sure a wild one and we’ll be remembering this for a while if the Pats are able to sneak into the postseason.