video: Gronkowski Scores 69th Career Touchdown, Patriots Roll Buffalo 41-25
Monday, October 31, 2016
New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 41-25 on Sunday afternoon at New Era Field in Buffalo.
"Definitely an honor to come home to my home town to get that record,to hold the franchise record for most touchdowns is unbelievable. Stanley Morgan actually called me to congratulate me, he was an awesome player, an awesome guy. It was pretty cool," said Gronkowski after the game.
Gronkowski's touchdown came near the end of the first half on a 53 yard strike over the middle from quarterback Tom Brady giving the Patriots a 21-10 lead.
The win moves the Patriots move to 7-1 on the season and a three game lead in the AFC East. Buffalo drops to 4-4 on the season.
Patriots in Control
Trailing 3-0, the Patriots offense scored 14 straight points with both scores coming on third down plays.
New England’s first score came with 4:35 left to play in the first quarter when Brady scrambled away from pressure found Danny Amendola near the pilon for a nine yard touchdown pass to put the Patriots up 7-3 after a Gostkowski extra point split the uprights.
After the Patriots defense forced a three and out from the Bills, the Patriots were faced with a a third and 13 from their own 47 yard line after Marcus Cannon was called for being an ineligible receiver.
Brady took the snap and fired down the left side to former Buffalo Bill Chris Hogan for a 53 yard touchdown pass to put the Patriots up 14-3 after the Gostkowski extra point was good.
Stephon Gilmore, the loudest Bill of the week, was torched by Chris Hogan for a 53-yard TD.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 30, 2016
The Patriots went five for five on third down in the first quarter.
Following Gronkowski's record breaking touchdown, Gostkowski would convert a 53 yard field goal with three seconds left in the half to give the Patriots a commanding 24-10 lead at the break.
Patriots Blow it Open in 2nd Half
The Patriots blew the game open in the first minute of the second half after Amendola took the opening kick off 73 yards to the Buffalo 24 yard line.
Two plays later, Brady found Julian Edelman for a 12 yard touchdown pass, putting the Patriots up 31-10 after Gostkowski's extra point.
After Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor made a 26 yard touchdown run to give Buffalo life in the third quarter, Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would add his ninth rushing touchdown of the season to put the Patriots back in firm control up 38-17.
Brady completed 22 of 33 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns, while Gronkowski had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Tom Brady's on pace to throw for 3957 yards, 36 touchdowns and 0 picks in 12 games, with a 133.9 rating.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 30, 2016
Hogan hauled in four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in his return to Buffalo.
The Patriots have a bye week next week.
They return to action on Sunday, November 13 when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
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ESPN Body Issue
In 2012, Rob Gronkowski was one of many athletes who posed nude for the ESPN The Magazine body issue
Gronkowski did not look like he was uncomfortable.
Photo courtesy of Cody Collier 36501/flickr
In November of 2014, Rob Gronkowski posed with kittens for an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot.
As the picture shows, Gronkowski loves kittens.
Photo courtesy of DGB Productions/flickr
Has His Own Cereal
In 2012, Rob Gronkowski launched Gronk Flakes which were sold in Stop & Shops all across New England. A portion of the proceeds went to his Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Daniel DeCristo/Flickr
Plays Mortal Kombat
A few days before the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski and Marshawn Lynch sat down for a game of Mortal Kombat X on Conan.
Parties with Porn Stars
During the bye week of the 2011 season, Rob Gronkowski hung out with porn star Bibi Jones and even let her wear his jersey.
Photo courtesy of Carmine19jock/flickr
Spikes Hockey Pucks
Gronkowski spiked a hockey puck prior to a Bruins game in a ceremony honoring the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl.
The puck bounced off the ice and went about six rows into the crowd.
Answers Crazy Question
In April of 2012, Rob Gronkowski visited the URI campus and answered questions from students.
Gronkowski even answered one crazy question about who he would rather "F, Marry, or Kill."
How many athletes would actually answer that question?
Gronkowski has one of the best touchdown celebrations in the league, just a simple spike of the football. That celebration is what has helped launch him into superstardom.
Like this spike from the Super Bowl.
Dances on Duck Boats
Rob Gronkowski took his dance moves to the Duck Boats during the Patriots Super Bowl parade.
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