Game notes: Patriots 23, Cardinals 21


Game notes: Patriots 23, Cardinals 21

Notes from the Patriots' season-opening 23-21 win over the Cardinals on Sunday night, courtesy of the New England P.R. department:

-- The Partriots are a league-best 84-45 on the road since the start of the 2000 season.

-- The Patriots are now 46-11 against NFC opponents since the 2002 realignment.

-- The Patriots are now 2-3 in season openers against NFC teams. It was their first opening-day victory over an NFC opponent since a 26-20 win over the Packers at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 8, 1985, which was the first year the team went to the Super Bowl.

-- The Patriots extended their league-best streak of games with at least one sack to 30, when rookie Vincent Valentine sacked Arizona QB Carson Palmer in the first quarter. The franchise record for consecutive games with a sack is 36, set from Oct. 31, 1976 to Dec. 10, 1978.

-- The Patriots' touchdown on their first offensive drive was the first time they'd scored on their season-opening offensive drive since Sept. 12, 2011 against Miami.

-- Bill Belichick now has 224 regular-season coaching victories, two behind Curly Lambeau for fourth place overall on the all-time NFL list.

-- Stephen Gostkowski's game-winning 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gives him a 78.3 percent success rate on kicks from 50 or more yards (18-of-23), the highest percentage in NFL history among kickers with at least 15 attempts

-- Gostkowski has now kicked eight game-winning field goals. Sunday's was his second-longest, behind the 54-yarder that beat the Giants with one second to play on Nov. 15, 2015.

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.