Kingsbury-sized gaffes by Cardinals help keep Patriots’ season alive

FOXBOROUGH -- Every time Bill Belichick’s coaching prowess is questioned, a Kliff Kingsbury rolls into town and restores New England’s faith. Sunday afternoon’s 20-17 Patriots’ walk-off win energized the fandom and exposed both Kingsbury and the Cardinals as yet another team in the NFL heap of mediocrity. New England’s quest to not see this season dissolve into the abyss is still alive.

While all of Arizona claims foul on a controversial 15-yard personal foul call on Isaiah Simmons, the folks in the Valley of the Sun might be wondering why the self-proclaimed offensive guru Kingsbury chose to burn his final timeout just before the play, as New England faced a 3rd-and-13 with 56 seconds left.

What was Kingsbury doing? Was he trying to make sure that Cam Newton – 9 of 17 for 84 yards and two interceptions at the time – would let it fly to move the chains?

“I couldn’t tell, just saw the replay like you all did. Looked like the quarterback was still in play, but I didn’t get a great look at it,” said Kingsbury of the dagger/penalty.

He neglected to mention that if his team just lets the clock run, instead of calling the last timeout, we’re all headed to overtime and awaiting the coin flip. That timeout provided the Patriots a pulse, and Simmons gave New England’s season a shot of adrenaline with the penalty to push the home team into Nick Folk’s range.

“We didn’t do enough,” said the Cardinals’ coach and former sixth-round draft pick of these New England Patriots.

Actually, Kingsbury did plenty, finding a way to lose a game in which his defense held the Patriots to 179 yards of offense.