Cardinals dodge a bullet after Gostkowski's miss


Cardinals dodge a bullet after Gostkowski's miss

FOXBORO -- There was nothing Ryan Williams could do.

The damage was already done. He fumbled at his own 35-yard line with one minute left in a two-point game. The Patriots recovered, milked the clock down to six seconds, and a 42-yard field goal would give them a one-point win over the Cardinals

But as the young Arizona running back stood on the sideline for what should have been a game-winning kick, Stephen Gostkowski let Williams off the hook.

He shanked it, wide-left. And the Cardinals held on for a 20-18 win.

"This team has resiliency," said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt afterwards. "It finds a way to win. They never give up. So, that's the first thing that came to my mind when Williams fumbled.

"I didn't like it, that the win came that way. I've got a lot less hair, because of that. But our guys worked hard enough, and we deserved to win today."

Williams had the ball knocked out from under his arm on a 3rd-and-13 carry to the left, as Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes put his helmet into it. Vince Wilfork recovered, and it gave New England a chance to win.

But when that didn't happen, Williams went from being the goat, to having nothing more than a learning experience.

"Look, the guy's helmet hit right on the ball," said Whisenhunt. "It wasn't that Ryan was swinging it out from his body. But, in that situation, you've got to understand what's on the line. He's a young player, and he'll learn from that."

When asked what the Cardinals were thinking as Gostkowski ran out for the kick, cornerback Patrick Peterson said he was thinking, "Go get it."

"I think we put a lot of pressure on a lot of teams with our field-goal block team," said Peterson. "With me coming off the edge, Calais Campbell in the middle, we create a lot of havoc for a lot of teams. We just want to continue putting pressure on field-goal teams, so things like that can happen."

Things like, Gostkowski missing a game-winning field goal at home in the final seconds.

But if the kick went through the uprights, could the Cardinals imagine how they would have felt?

"Ya, but, he missed it," said Peterson with a smile.

Indeed he did. And it takes a whole lot of the spotlight off Williams.

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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