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Gostkowski’s Miss Seals Patriots 20-18 Upset Loss to Cardinals

All day it seemed the Patriots were just a little bit off.

They paid for it in the end.

New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski pushed what would have been a game-winning 42-yard field goal wide left in the final seconds, sealing an Arizona 20-18 win over the Pats in their home opener.

The loss for the Pats was their first to the Cardinals in 21 years, and puts them at .500 on the young season at 1-1. Arizona is a surprising 2-0.

They beat the Pats with their backup QB, as Kevin Kolb played for the injured John Skelton who sat with an ankle sprain.

New England had a shot for the win, as they got the ball back late when Vince Wilfork recovered a fumble at the Cardinals 30-yard line with 1:01 left.

A 30-yard run into the end zone by Danny Woodhead was nullified by a holding penalty against Rob Gronkowski.

The Pats then moved to the 24 before Tom Brady spiked the ball to stop the clock with six seconds remaining.

Gostkowski had been 4-for-4 till he missed the field goal that could have won the game.

Kolb was good enough, going 15-for-27 for 140 yards with one TD and one on the ground. Brady was 28-for-46, 316 yards with a pick and a touchdown.

The Patriots outgained the Cardinals 387 to 245, but failed to finish on Sunday, much to the happiness of Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals.

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