Patriots vs. Cardinals score: New England defense hounds Arizona without Kyler Murray to stay in playoff hunt

The Patriots moved to 7-6 on the season after pulling out the win on “Monday Night Football” over the Cardinals, 27-13. The victory not only pushes New England back above .500, but it slots it in as the No. 7 seed in the AFC playoff picture, leapfrogging the Chargers and Jets.

This was a game filled with a wide array of injuries, but none more noteworthy than Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. He suffered a non-contact knee injury on just the third play of the game and needed to be carded off the field. Initial tests reportedly indicate that Murray is feared to have torn his ACL, which would end his season if/when an MRI confirms. That would thrust Colt McCoy into the starting spot under center like he was Monday night.

Under duress, McCoy was solid and helped Arizona jump out to a field-goal lead by halftime. Thanks to back-to-back possessions sandwiched around halftime that both resulted in field goals, New England was able to knot things up at 13 apiece early in the second half, but it was largely another choppy outing on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots.

However, their defense was able to catapult them to victory after notching turnovers on back-to-back drives at the tail end of the third quarter. The first was a Kyle Dugger forced fumble on DeAndre Hopkins that Raekwon McMillan picked up and returned 29 yards for the touchdown to go up 20-13. On the following Cardinals possession, Josh Uche knocked a McCoy throw off his trajectory and landed into the arms of rookie Marcus Jones. The offense then put together a five-play, 63-yard touchdown drive headlined by a 39-yard reception from Hunter Henry to go up two scores en route to victory.

Mac Jones was 24 of 35 on the night for 235 yards and an interception. With the backfield banged up, rookie running back Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris picked up the slack, as each was able to find the end zone. On the Arizona side, McCoy finished with 246 yards and an interception on 27 of 40 passing. James Conner rushed 15 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

From here, the Cardinals will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, who currently have starting quarterback Russell Wilson in concussion protocol. Meanwhile, the Patriots will be out west again, as they are set to take on the Raiders in Las Vegas next Sunday.

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