NFL

The New England Patriots Squeaked by the Arizona Cardinals in a Nail-Biting Victory of 20-17

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 in Gillette Stadium in New England was a day of celebration for the New England Patriots fans, as their team squeaked by the Arizona Cardinals in a 20-17 victory. The Patriots rode a rushing game that produced 110 yards and two rushing touchdowns, to go along with a Cam Newton performance of 84 yards, no touchdowns.

Newton helped the Patriots in this victory by attempting 18 passes and completing 9 of them. This led to a final QB production of 84 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns for the game.

Damien Harris and James White led the rushing game for the Patriots. Harris rushed for 47 yards from carrying the football 14 times. Harris was helped by White who carried the football five times for a total of 18 yards. In the passing game, Newton was most successful throwing the ball to Damiere Byrd and Jakobi Meyers. Byrd caught three passes for a total of 33 yards, while Meyers contributed with 52 yards from five passes.

On the defensive side of the football, the Patriots produced zero forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and no defensive touchdowns.

On the losing side of the game, Kyler Murray of the Cardinals ended the day with zero touchdowns, along with 170 yards, one interception, and a 67.00 passer rating.

The Cardinals’ rushing game was led by Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. For the game, Drake carried the ball 22 times, rushed for 78 yards, and two touchdowns. Edmonds supplemented and carried the ball a total of six times for a total of 29 yards. Meanwhile DeAndre Hopkins and Andy Isabella were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Cardinals. Hopkins caught five passes from Murray for a total of 55 yards, while Isabella contributed with 33 yards from four passes.

In a losing effort, the Cardinals defense contributed with three sacks , zero forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.

After this game, the Patriots improved to a record of 5-6, while the Cardinals dropped to a 6-5 record.