Patriots escape with unexpected win over Cardinals (Shutdown Corner)

You don’t want to read this, and I don’t want to write it, but the truth is here, inescapable: We will never be free of the New England Patriots. Team They-Hate-Us-Cause-They-Ain’t-Us took on the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals down two marquee stars, and the result was an unexpected 23-21 New England victory. The Cardinals, we know: borderline MVP quarterback, franchise running back, three-headed receiving attack, sling-it-long head coach.