Players react to controversial penalty with hit on Cam Newton late in Patriots win


The Patriots beat the Cardinals 20-17 on a last-second Nick Folk 50-yard field goal, but they would not have got into range without a controversial call.

On third-and-13 from the Patriots' 32-yard line with 56 seconds left, Newton ran up the Patriots sideline and got 14 yards. But then 15 yards were added because of a Isaiah Simmons personal foul penalty for unnecessary roughness.

It was a controversial call as the Cardinals did not like it at all -- they didn't think Newton was out of bounds -- and the Patriots players were upset with the hit on their quarterback.

The play got the Patriots to Arizona's 39-yard line and then seven more yards set Folk up for his game-winning kick.

Several Patriots reacted to the play after the game.

Jermaine Eluemunor: “I can’t really comment on that. It was a hit and we got the flag, put us in great field position. I am happy Cam got back up, that just shows how tough he is. He’s one of the toughest people I have been around and you feed off that energy. Him getting back up and running back to the huddle, you’re like, ‘Damn… we have to win this game.’”

Adrian Phillips: “You couldn’t even really be happy about the first down because he got smacked on the sideline helmet-to-helmet. Your first thing is making sure he is alright and going back into the game at quarterback because you never want to see your quarterback getting hit like that. I guess at the end of the day we were happy that he picked up the first down because we needed it and we didn’t want to possibly go into overtime with these guys. But, the main thing we wanted to make sure was just he was OK and make sure that we protected our quarterback because you have to protect your quarterback.”

Cam Newton: "As far as the last play, the play was called. We just wanted to execute it to the best of our abilities. The hit, that's just protecting myself at all times. Fortunately for us it got us an additional 15 yards."

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsberry: "I couldn't tell. You know, I just saw the replay like y'all did. Looked like the quarterback was still in play, but I didn't get a great look at it."