FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton threw what may have been a backbreaking interception late within the fourth quarter Sunday and did not eclipse 100 yards passing, however he centered on the silver lining of his subpar efficiency — a victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
“I will be the primary individual to say I did not play my finest sport yesterday. However let’s be completely clear: I do not play this sport for statistic advantages. I do not play this sport for any kind of particular person accolades. I play this sport to win. I am not going to apologize for profitable,” Newton stated Monday morning on his weekly interview with sports activities radio WEEI.
Newton completed 9-of-18 for 84 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 23.6 passer score. He added 9 rushes for 46 yards.
“It is a unusual feeling, however on the finish of the day, I’ve had video games the place quarterback score, statistics and every part, effort and all that, amounted to a loss. And I’ve had video games like yesterday the place you probably did every part to attempt to lose and you continue to win by the grace of God,” he stated.
In recapping his efficiency on Monday, Newton known as his fourth-quarter interception — by which he threw the ball on to Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick — a “reckless” determination.
It may have price the Patriots the sport, if not for the Patriots’ protection forcing the Cardinals to aim a 45-yard subject purpose, which kicker Zane Gonzalez missed.
That opened the door for a brief closing Patriots drive — aided by a questionable Cardinals unnecessary-roughness penalty — that culminated in Nick Folk‘s 50-yard subject purpose with no time left.
After the sport, Newton might be seen on the Fox broadcast mouthing the phrases “I am sorry, man” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He defined the change in his radio interview.
“It was only a end result of every part. You do not know when the digicam is on you. … It was only a dialogue between me and Josh, man, and everyone was pleased, as was I. I simply knew I jeopardized the staff, in a means,” he stated.
Newton and the Patriots (5-6), who’re clinging to long-shot playoff hopes, go to the Los Angeles Chargers (3-8) on Sunday.