New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals : Patriots keep playoff hopes alive with 20-17 win over Cardinals

The Patriots’ rebound began with an objective line remain to end the principal half and finished with one more enormous win to keep alive their season finisher trusts.

Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field objective as time lapsed, and New England mobilized in the subsequent half to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 Sunday.

James White scrambled for two scores for the Patriots (5-6). It was the second time this month that Folk hit a very late match dominating field objective. His 51-yarder beat the New York Jets 30-27 on Nov. 9.

Cam Newton battled, completing 9 of 18 for 84 yards and two interferences. Yet, New England dominated the match regardless of getting done with 179 yards by exploiting botches by the Cardinals (6-5).

“I’d rather have an ugly win than a pretty loss,” Newton said. “We didn’t play our best game offensively. But when we needed it, we got the job done and that’s all that counts.”

New England’s safeguard was strong all through, holding Arizona’s highest level offense, which entered the game averaging 414 yards, to 298 yards.

The Patriots had a significant objective line remain before halftime and furthermore had a 53-yard the opening shot return by Donte Moncrief — raised from the training crew on Saturday — to set up their first score of the game.

Kenyan Drake scrambled for 78 yards and two scores for Arizona.

Kyler Murray completed 23 of 34 for 170 yards and a capture. Murray had 31 hurrying yards and was held without a score relax this season. Be that as it may, he said he wasn’t restricted by his ongoing shoulder injury.

“I didn’t adjust anything,” Murray said. “I wasn’t going to play if I couldn’t be myself.”

Following 10-0 early, New England utilized a turnover in the second from last quarter to take its first lead of the game.

Confronting third down, Murray’s pass expected for DeAndre Hopkins was avoided at the line of scrimmage by Adam Butler and caught by Adrian Phillips at the Arizona 31. Six plays later, White scored on a 1-yard race to make it 17-10.

“Today we really made sure that no matter what we’re gonna pressure this guy, we’re gonna bring it after him,” Phillips said of Murray. “We’re not just fixing to let him run around.”

Following a Patriots’ punt, Arizona tied it up again in the final quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Drake with 8:02 leftover.

A promising drive by New England was then stopped when Dre Fitzpatrick caught Newton’s short pass expected for Damiere Byrd with 4:37 leftover.

Arizona got an opportunity to start to lead the pack, yet Zane Gonzalez missed wide right on 45-yard field-objective endeavor with 1:47 left.

Newton’s dash of four sequential games without a capture attempt finished only three plays into the Patriots’ initial drive.

Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks was unblocked on a rush and hit Newton as he tossed, permitting Markus Golden to concoct the simple pick.

Arizona took over on the New England 23 and utilized a 19-yard pass from Murray to Andy Isabella to set up a 1-yard TD run by Drake two plays later.

The Cardinals expanded their lead to 10-0 in the second quarter when confronting fourth-and-2 on the 7, White found the end zone on a choice pitch from Newton.

Arizona seemed to broaden its lead not long before halftime on a 8-yard score pass from Murray to KeeSean Johnson. Be that as it may, an audit demonstrated Johnson’s knee was down before he crossed the objective line.

The Cardinals took the plunge on fourth-and-1, however Drake’s shown was held back to Akeem Spence and Ja’Whaun Bentley as time lapsed.

“It’s an unfortunate turn of events,” Murray said. “Obviously we get points right there, we put ourselves in a better situation. I didn’t see anything wrong with the play call. We just didn’t execute.”


Heavy weapons specialist Olszewski seemed to give the Patriots the lead right off the bat in the second from last quarter when he handled Andy Lee’s short punt and returned it 82 yards for a score. The score was invalidated, however, after newbie Anfernee Jennings was required an unlawful bushwhack block.

New England headed to the Arizona 4 after the punishment, however needed to agree to Folk’s 22-yard field objective to tie the game at 10.


Cardinals: Defensive lineman Zach Allen left the game in the second from last quarter.


The Cardinals have the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

The Patriots visit the Chargers on Sunday for their first of two successive games in Los Angeles.

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