Patriots loss was a streak-stopper

It was a stunning finish that led to Sunday’s loss by the New England Patriots to the Arizona Cardinals, ending a series of streaks in Patriots history that was rather impressive.

Here’s a look at some of our best notes, stats and trends from that game, the first loss by the Patriots against the Cardinals since 1991.

Big yardage doesn’t make a difference

The Patriots outgained the Cardinals by 142 yards on Sunday.

The last time the Patriots lost a regular-season game in which they outgained an opponent by that much was Week 10 in 1989, when they lost to the New Orleans Saints, 28-24.

They had won their previous 45 regular-season games when outgaining an opponent by that much.

Un-Brady like

Tom Brady lost a home opener for the first time in his career. His 10 straight wins as a starting quarterback in home openers was the longest by any quarterback to start his career since the AFL-NFL merger.

Consecutive Games With Pass TD
Most in NFL History

Brady fell to 35-2 in his last 37 regular-season starts at home.

Brady was 3-for-12 for 80 yards on throws of at least 15 yards downfield. He’s 6-for-19 on such throws through the first two games. Brady connected on 51 percent of his 15-plus yard throws last season.

Brady had a pair of overthrows on pass attempts thrown 30 or more yards downfield in this game.

Since the start of 2011 has overthrown 12 of his 19 attempts at least 30 yards downfield (63.2 percent, highest rate in NFL).

One positive: Brady did extend his streak to 34 straight games with a touchdown pass, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

He also connected five times with Wes Welker, making him the top receiver in Patriots history, with 562 career receptions.

Almost perfect

Before that field-goal miss with a second left, Stephen Gostkowski had made 38 straight field goals in the 4th quarter during the regular season. That was Gostkowski's 1st regular-season miss in the 4th quarter at home (was 21-for-21)

Injury impact

The loss of Aaron Hernandez to an ankle injury in the first quarter Sunday which caused the Patriots to drastically alter their offensive personnel.

The Patriots used two more tight end on just 20 of 77 offensive plays. The Patriots used two or more tight end on 66 of 67 plays in Week 1 against the Titans and on 80 percent of their offensive plays (926 of 1149) since the start of the 2011 season.

The Cardinals are no slouch

The Cardinals, just like the Patriots, are 7-1 since Week 12 of last season. The method hasn’t quite been the same for the Cardinals, whose points per game differential in those games is two points, and whose turnover differential is minus-7.

The Patriots have a scoring differential of 12.5 points per game and are plus-15 in turnover differential in that span.

John Parolin, Jason York, Jeremy Lundblad, Sam Farber, Katie Sharp and Mark Simon contributed to this post