The New England Patriots have plenty of methods for beating teams, but when the going gets tough, the Patriots go to Gronk. That point was proven yet again, as Rob Gronkowski pulled a ball in for a touchdown that few other than him could even get to, and that was icing on the cake in an eventual 27-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It had been a quiet game for both Martellus Bennett and Gronkowski, as the dynamic duo of Patriots tight ends combined for just one catch in the first half as the Steelers seemed determined to take them out of the game. New England chose to settle for passes underneath to Julian Edelman and runs by LeGarrette Blount rather than forcing the issue.
The same held true for much of the second half, but with Pittsburgh having closed what had been a 14-0 lead all the way to 14-13, it was time for the big guys to show up, and Gronkowski did just that by outracing the entire Steelers defense into the end zone, with Tom Brady finding him for a beautiful 36-yard touchdown.
“I had a good look and Tom threw the ball perfectly for me to make the play,” Gronkowski said after the game. “I just had to make a little move.”
Gronkowski finished the day…