Gronkowski Makes Crucial Plays in Comeback Win

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Despite dealing with a groin injury this week, Rob Gronkowski told NFL reporter James Palmer “Yeah, I’m good to go,” on Friday. Gronkowski’s play on Sunday proved his statement to be true.

Gronkowski played a crucial role in the New England Patriots’ 36-33 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, his biggest moment coming late in the fourth quarter on the game-winning drive. With the game on the line and backs against the wall on second-and-20, Gronkowski got the drive’s momentum rolling with back-to-back catches of eight and 15 yards.

“It was a crossing route,” Gronkowski said of his 15-yard catch on third-and-12. “I just caught the one pass before on second[-and]-20 and we had to get the drive going.  I know a lot of people look up to me to get the drive going. I saw the coverage and knew I had to make a play there.”

The Patriots tight end finished the afternoon with eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. His score came early in the first quarter on a five-yard fade from Tom Brady and gave New England (2-1) an early 7-0 lead. Gronkowski’s score marked his 70th career receiving touchdown, and 69th career touchdown reception from Brady.

Gronkowski has scored in back-to-back outings, and the eighth-year tight end has started the 2017 campaign strong. This season, Gronkowski has brought in 16 receptions for 238 yards, good for 14.9 yards per reception. 

Written by: Ben Faunce 


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