Here's how open Gronk was on the Patriots' missed two-point try

You know the situation. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski had just worked the New England Patriots down the field near the end of the AFC title game to cut the Denver Broncos' lead to 20-18.

Brady had hit Gronk for 40 yards on fourth-and-10 from the 50-yard line, then found him again on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line to put the Pats in position to attempt a game-tying two-point conversion.

Brady rolled out of the pocket almost immediately upon the snap, anticipating pressure. He was right. The pressure came pretty much right away. But then he tried to throw back across his body to Julian Edelman and had the pass broken up and then intercepted.

That's a tough throw to make, and it seems like maybe he should have taken this one:

It's possible that Brady saw something else during the play, of course, but man, it's tough to see not throwing Gronk's way with that much open space in front of him, especially after the back-to-back catches over the top of multiple defenders Gronk had just made.

Gronk has got some room. (NFL on CBS/Twitter)
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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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