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50 Best Games of the 2016 NFL Season

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NFL: New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals

39. Patriots vs. Cardinals, Week 1

The Arizona Cardinals knew they were catching a major break opening weekend since the team would be facing the New England Patriots without Tom Brady, who would be serving the first of a four-game suspension. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, this game coincidentally happened to be the first of many frustrating losses from the 2016 season after failing to take advantage of a matchup without Brady.

Arizona seemed to have this game in the pocket in the final minute before Chandler Catanzaro missed what most likely would have been the game-winning field goal from 47 yards out. Whether most of the blame should have fallen on Catanzaro or the rookie longer snapper, nothing could take away from how the Cardinals simply gave this game away to the Patriots.

Who knows how different this season could have turned out for Arizona if they started off the year on a positive note with a win, but it shouldn’t take away from how impressive New England played on defense. For a team that was already playing at a disadvantage without their star quarterback in Brady, the Patriots defense deserves plenty of credit for shutting down all of the dangerous weapons on the offense of the Cardinals.

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