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Patriots turn around and beat Cardinals 27-13

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones runs with the ball in a game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones runs with the ball in a game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mac Jones threw for 235 yards, Raekwon McMillan made a crucial touchdown return on a fumble and the New England Patriots rallied to beat the New England Patriots 27-13 on Monday night. Arizona Cardinals, who were without quarterback Kyler Murray in the first quarter with a possible serious knee injury.

New England trailed 13-10 at halftime, but tied it at 13 early in the third quarter on a short field goal. Later in the quarter, the Patriots got the game-changing play to go up 20-13 when McMillan recovered a fumble and ran 23 yards for the score.

Kyle Dugger forced the fumble by stripping three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who caught the pass.

The Patriots extended their lead to 27-13 early in the fourth quarter on Pierre Strong Jr.’s 3-yard run, and relied on his defense for the rest of the game to complete the much-needed victory.

Jones completed 24 of 35 passes with one interception as New England (7-6) snapped a two-game skid to stay in contention for an AFC playoff spot.

Arizona (4-9) has lost five of six games, including the last three.

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