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Rob Gronkowski’s late penalties prove costly

FOXBOROUGH — Against the odds, when Danny Woodhead sprinted into the end zone with less than a minute left in Sunday’s game, it appeared that the Patriots would pull off an unlikely comeback against the Arizona Cardinals, improve to 2-0, and extend their streak of never losing a home opener in Gillette Stadium’s history.

A yellow penalty flag changed the course of the final, frantic minute. Rob Gronkowski was called for offensive holding, nullifying Woodhead’s touchdown. The Patriots’ All-Pro tight end had another costly penalty after a 12-yard completion, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a game-winning field-goal attempt from 42 yards.

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