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Another Rob Gronkowski touchdown has Patriots on top

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In his first half as Colts defensive coordinator, Mike Murphy pushed a lot of the right buttons.

His defense held the Patriots in check on their first two drives and showed a lot more fight than we’ve seen on that side of the ball in a few weeks from Indianapolis, but there’s still work to do. Priority one will be to remind the defenders that the Patriots like to throw the ball to Rob Gronkowski in the red zone.

Gronkowski caught his 12th touchdown of the season — one off the NFL single-season record for tight ends — when the Colts inexplicably decided not to cover him in the end zone. The score broke a 3-3 tie and moved Tom Brady into a tie with Johnny Unitas on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list. It also gave Brady a touchdown pass in 28 straight games.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a second touchdown with a few seconds to go in the half, extending the Patriots’ lead to 17-3 after a start that made it look like everyone had read this game incorrectly. Much of that had to do with a Colts drive that lasted 10:19 before a field goal, but Murphy’s unit was doing a nice job until they gave up ground in the final minutes of the half. Now they’re well on their way to a 12th straight loss, which is pretty much what we expected heading into the game.

A little less expected was the frosty reception for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri when he came on to kick the aforementioned field goal. The Gillette Stadium crowd greeted him with loud boos, choosing to save a standing ovation for Chad Ochocinco’s 12th catch as a Patriot later in the first half.

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9 Responses to “Another Rob Gronkowski touchdown has Patriots on top”
  1. clevername1 says: Dec 4, 2011 2:33 PM

    Let me save you clowns the trouble, Vinatieri won all the Super Bowls for the Pats and they cheated at that. Lest we not forget the Pats fans are idiots.

    Now go away and GO PATS!

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 4, 2011 2:36 PM

    Why do I keep seeing Gronk running around by himself without a defender in the same area code? How many more TDs does he need to score in order to for his existence to be adequately acknowledged by the defense?

    (This is coming from the guy getting burned by him every week in fantasy.)

  3. nepatriots128154 says: Dec 4, 2011 2:38 PM

    Booing of Vinateri is a joke… guy won us two Super Bowls and made one of the greatest kicks in NFL history (Raiders game.) How can you boo that, no matter what team he plays for?

  4. damko12 says: Dec 4, 2011 2:48 PM

    Beast

  5. commandercornpone says: Dec 4, 2011 2:53 PM

    meanwhile, a standing ovation for ohsostinko is a helluva joke.

  6. drewsylvania says: Dec 4, 2011 2:55 PM

    I predict the Colts will suck next year, too. Spending the whole season tanking is going to lead to bad habits when they’re actually trying to win.

  7. gallyhatch says: Dec 4, 2011 2:59 PM

    And he has two more today to break the season record for TD recptions by a TE.

    Teams have no answer for Gronk, this guy is a stud!!!

  8. drewsylvania says: Dec 4, 2011 3:03 PM

    I got that beat. I’m facing both Gronk and Brady this week.

  9. CKL says: Dec 5, 2011 12:21 PM

    nepatriots128154 says:
    Dec 4, 2011 2:38 PM
    Booing of Vinateri is a jokeā€¦ guy won us two Super Bowls and made one of the greatest kicks in NFL history (Raiders game.) How can you boo that, no matter what team he plays for?
    ________________________________
    Two reasons:
    1) the way he left
    2) who he went to

    With #1 being the biggest thing. There are other Pats who have left who I wished well like Willie Mac, Givens, etc.
    I appreciate what AV did as a Patriot and he’s a HOFer at his position….but I sit at home and boo him every time and love every time he misses.

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