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Patriots pull away with 27-13 win at Arizona, keep playoff hopes alive – Boston Herald


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Perhaps in six days the Patriots’ season will die in the desert.

A sluggish offensive operation undone by predictable problems, finally broken by an old lieutenant now holed up in Las Vegas.

But not Monday.

Not against the clueless Cardinals, not even while losing their star running back to injury after already ruling out a starting wide receiver and cornerback. Because the Patriots came to Arizona to start what they described as a new season. Driven by that purpose, they succeeded and kept alive the hope they might start a third season come mid-January.

The Patriots pulled away with a 27-13 primetime win at Arizona, as their defense outscored the Cardinals over an ugly second half. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan scooped up a DeAndre Hopkins fumble midway through the third quarter and raced 23 yards for a touchdown that cut the tension of a tied game. After Marcus Jones killed Arizona’s next possession with an interception, fellow rookie Pierre Strong burrowed for a 3-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, the first of his NFL career.

The Pats (7-6) benefitted from the early exit of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who succumbed to a non-contact knee injury on the night’s third play from scrimmage and did not return. Neither leftover quarterback, Mac Jones nor Arizona backup Colt McCoy, did enough to seize the game and finished with nearly identical stat lines.


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