Gostkowski's missed FG seals Pats' fate in 20-18 loss


Gostkowski's missed FG seals Pats' fate in 20-18 loss

FOXBORO -- The last time the Patriots played at Gillette Stadium, a game -- indeed, a championship -- was decided by a shanked field goal in the south end zone.

Nine months later, it happened again. Only this time, they were the shankers, not the shankees.

The Patriots seemed on the verge of a miracle comeback victory Sunday when Stephen Gostkowski was set up for a 42-yard field goal with six seconds left. The kick -- which would have been Gostkowski's fifth FG of the day -- was about to complete a comeback from a 20-9, fourth-quarter deficit and erase a multitude of New England sins over the course of the afternoon.

Only he missed it. He missed it nearly as dramatically as Billy Cundiff missed the potential game-tying field goal for the Ravens in last January's AFC championship, pulling it to the left and never coming close to the goal posts.

It allowed Arizona Cardinals to come away with a 20-18 victory over the Patriots, New England's first-ever Opening Day loss in the 11-year history of Gillette Stadium.

In the end justice may have been served, because this was a game the Patriots hardly deserved to win. Their statistical advantages (387 total yards to 245 for Arizona, 25 first downs to 16, three-minute edge in time of possession) camouflaged a mistake-riddled, inconsistent afternoon for New England.

"You miss kicks, you throw interceptions, you fumble the ball, you miss tackles . . . I mean, over the course of a long season, those things happen," said quarterback Tom Brady. "There's not one play that lost this game. We did a lot of things that allowed us to lose this game. We had a lot of opportunities out there to make more plays than we did.

"Hopefully, it never comes down to a 42-yard field goal at the end. Hopefully we do a much better job on offense so it's not that kind of game at the end."

More to come . . .

How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?


How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

In this week's episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast" presented by Papa Gino's, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Patriots players and coaches that could be either coming or going. Also, former offensive lineman and current sports radio host Rich Ohrnberger is this week's guest to talk about his years with the team, including some great stories on O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

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Here's this week's rundown:

  • (3:10) Can Cyrus Jones recover next year, and does he need to with the potential loss of Logan Ryan?
  • (9:54) What to expect the end result to be for free-agent Dont'a Hightower. Is the franchise tag acceptable for both parties?
  • (20:30) Is Jimmy Garoppolo here to stay...(25:30) and how does Jacoby Brissett's development answer that question.
  • (30:58) The loss of tight end coach Brian Daboll to Alabama
  • (42:28) Interview with Rich Ohrnberger
  • (1:04:22) Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on the Patriots draft board

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”