(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Up until Sunday, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski had been 3-for-3 in his career on field goal attempts in the final two minutes with a chance to tie or win a game, now he is 3-for-4. Gostkowski missed a 42-yard attempt wide to the left and the Arizona Cardinals (2-0) flew out of Foxborough with a huge 20-18 win.
“Nobody really gave us a chance,” said Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt, “But our guys believed they could do it and it’s great to see them operate that way.”
Gostkowski was asked about his kick that went wide left after.
“I had a chance to win and it came down to me and I didn’t pull through,” said Gostkowski.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wasn’t blaming the loss on his kicker.
“You can’t go into the game just counting on one guy, any guy,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Everybody has to be ready to adjust. It’s not the first time a player has been injured in a game.”
The Patriots (1-1) also lost their tight end Aaron Hernandez who left in the first quarter after hurting his right ankle. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished with 316 yards, a touchdown, and one pick.
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb started on Sunday after John Skelton was out with a sprained right ankle and finished 15 for 27 with a touchdown and 140 yards.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN