Gronkowski got off to a fast start with three catches for 62 yards in the first half. However, with the game well in hand, Gronkowski was limited to only two grabs for 16 yards n the second half. He caught five of 10 passes thrown his way for 78 yards. He has 58 catches for 812 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.
New England will face Green Bay in Week 13.
Gronkowski's touchdown was a thing of wonder, as he hauled in a short pass to the left side of the formation for a first down before shaking off three defenders and breaking free towards the end zone. He hurdled one more defender at the goal line and crashed into another in the end zone to deliver his fifth touchdown in his last three games.
Gronkowski didn't see the 9-11 targets he's managed over the last five weeks in Sunday's win as the Patriots leaned heavily on the running game, but he still contributed in a big way on the impressive scoring play. Now with 53 receptions, 734 yards and nine touchdowns, Gronkowski will match up with the Lions in Week 12.
Gronkowski led the way for New England, hauling in nine passes for 105 yards. While Gronkowski was dominant throughout the outing, he didn't find the end zone until the final quarter. After making a tremendous one-handed catch to get the team to the 1 yard line, Gronkowski finished off the drive with a score on the next play. Gronk later caught a nine pass, putting him over 100 yards on the day. It was the 15th 100 yard game of his career.
Gronkowski is on a bye Week 10.
Ward, who was playing for the Browns last season, ended Gronkowski's season in Week 14 last season with a helmet-to-knee hit that tore Gronkowski’s right ACL and MCL. Ward said he has no regrets about the play and wasn’t purposely trying to take out Gronkowski’s knee, per The Boston Globe.
"I feel bad he got hurt, you know, but that’s about it," Ward said Wednesday. "I’m just playing fast out there, and coincidentally, it was a bang-bang play. I think if he wouldn’t have gotten hurt, then it wouldn’t be an issue."
Ward, who is seven inches shorter and 65 pounds lighter than Gronkowski, said the only way to tackle Gronkowski is by going low.
"Gronk’s a big dude. He gets hit, and he keeps going. Guys bounce off him, and he’s throwing guys left and right," Ward said. "I was taught that if you can take a guy’s wheels away from him, he’s no longer mobile, and that’s what you’ve got to do with big guys. I’m not going to go in there and bang heads with somebody that’s 60 pounds more than me. I’m going to hurt myself."
After being limited early on by his recovery from a torn ACL,
This is what he can do, folks. If you've wondered why he's achieved near-mythical status in Fantasy despite all the injuries over the years, it's because he's proven capable of performances like this one any given week. He has the size to run over anyone who gets in his way, as he did on his third touchdown in Week 8, and yet the athleticism to make a leaping grab along the sidelines, as he did on his first two. And of course, he has a quarterback in Tom Brady who can make the most of his abilities.
Now, for the record, Gronkowski certainly wasn't a scrub prior to Sunday. Week 8 was his third game in four with at least 90 receiving yards. But his scoring rate through seven games was actually a bit lower than it had been in recent years. He may have a few more multi-score games in his future to make up for it.
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