The Arizona Cardinals' offense and special teams both contributed to the surprising 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots, but the story of the game was the outstanding play of 'Zona's defense. Behind several standout individual performances, the Cardinals were able to hold Tom Brady's explosive offense in check.
The Cardinals employed a two-man defensive front, featuring Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett. They both dominated the line of scrimmage against the run and created consistent pressure against the pass. Campbell had an especially disruptive afternoon; he registered 10 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.