Mac Jones, Patriots use dominant second half to seal win over Cardinals
After Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was carted off three plays into the game, Mac Jones and the New England Patriots toughed out a 27-13 victory on "Monday Night Football."
No team has scored more points off turnovers than the Patriots (7-6), and that was the formula they needed to overcome the Cardinals (4-9).
Safety Kyle Dugger's forced fumble that linebacker Raekwon McMillan returned 23 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter was the turning point in the game.
The Patriots then turned an interception by rookie cornerback Marcus Jones on the ensuing Cardinals drive into a rushing touchdown.
Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy brought a sense of calm in a situation that rattled the Cardinals in the immediate aftermath of Murray's injury, but he was sacked five times as he played behind a patchwork offensive line.
The Patriots have scored 92 points off turnovers, followed by the Eagles (80) and Cowboys (80).
McMillan's fumble return for a touchdown was the team's fifth non-offensive touchdown of the season, which ties the Cardinals for most in the NFL.
Winning with defense seems like it will have to be the Patriots' formula if they have hope of making the postseason.