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Gronkowski: We almost had the Hail Mary, but almost isn’t enough

New England Patriots Gronkowski is unable to reach last second pass in New York Giants endzone as the game ends in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis Reuters

On the final play of Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass reached the end zone, where Aaron Hernandez had a chance at catching it cleanly, and Rob Gronkowski nearly grabbed it off the deflection.

Gronkowski told NBC’s Alex Flanagan after the game that they had a chance of making the play, but having a chance doesn’t mean anything.

“It was just a jump ball,” Gronkowski said. “Aaron did a good job going up there and we almost had it, but almost isn’t enough.”

Gronkowski wasn’t at 100 percent after suffering an ankle sprain in the AFC Championship Game, but when asked about his ankle, Gronkowski said, “no excuses.”

Another close play in addition to that Hail Mary was Tom Brady’s interception on a pass intended for Gronkowski, a play when Gronkowski got open behind Chase Blackburn but couldn’t come back for the ball when Brady underthrew it. Gronkowski didn’t blame his inability to get back to the ball on his ankle, but he did seem to blame himself for not reaching the ball.

“It was just a deep ball, I’ve got to get up there and deflect it out of the way,” Gronkowski said. “The linebacker made a nice play.”

Gronkowski said he’s going to have a difficult time getting over this one.

“It’s really hard,” Gronkowski said. “We went through so much together as a team, we’re all there for each other as a team, we all fight for each other. It just didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we all worked hard, we all dedicated ourselves all season long. It just didn’t happen at the end.”

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38 Responses to “Gronkowski: We almost had the Hail Mary, but almost isn’t enough”
  1. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 6, 2012 8:50 AM

    well put rob. as they say, ‘second place is the first loser’

  2. 3octaveFart says: Feb 6, 2012 8:57 AM

    Anything that shuts up the obnoxious Pats fans for 6 months is OK by me…

  3. bleed4philly says: Feb 6, 2012 8:58 AM

    how many superbowls have the patriots won since they got caught cheating? Oh that’s right, ZERO!!!

  4. sj39 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:01 AM

    Hard to win with an aging, over rated QB and a coach that outsmarts hinself (a lot).

  5. truthfactory says: Feb 6, 2012 9:04 AM

    Sorry, but this team shouldnt have even been in the SB. They made it to the SB beating only 1 team with a winning record (and they should have lost that to the Ravens).

    They made a living this year on beating up on weak teams and struggled badly against good teams.

    Good news for them is they have a chance to do it again next year. Only 4 games out of 16 are against teams with better than .500 record this year. Their cakewalk may continue.

    Either way, great game last night…. The better team won.

  6. gdeli says: Feb 6, 2012 9:04 AM

    Hey goodell…what the heck were you thinking when you had madonna and m.i.a. do the half time show? how stupid is that? remember janet jackson? you couldn’t get john mellencamp or such? just stupid.

  7. lemmam says: Feb 6, 2012 9:05 AM

    the hail mary was almost there, it was so close yet so far away.

  8. melikefootball says: Feb 6, 2012 9:06 AM

    OH please..even in slow motion he never touched the ball.

  9. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Feb 6, 2012 9:08 AM

    Yea, good effort Porterhouse, or do I call you Ground Chuck. Enjoy the off-season, joke.

  10. randygnyc says: Feb 6, 2012 9:12 AM

    There’s nothing to be ashamed of by losing. In fact, the more you do, the easier it gets. Just as Brady.

  11. 3octaveFart says: Feb 6, 2012 9:16 AM

    When are you going to run a piece on the riots that followed the Pats loss? USAToday has it…

    ..and the crowds chanted “Bring back the cameras!”

  12. shea801 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:17 AM

    I give a lot of credit to the Pats simply because they aren’t walking away from what they did wrong and didn’t do on the field. I give the Giants even more credit for doing all the right things, but the Pats are being pretty respectable and responsible for what happened on the field. I hate it, but credit needs to go to both squads. What I hate even more is the fact Eli Manning is having one of the best quarterback progressions ever. From a tool who just threw a football to a general area and prayed for a receiver to catch it, he is now able to put a football anywhere he pleases. I’m amazed how well he can place a ball when compared to how bad he used to be at it.

  13. krose91 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:43 AM

    The officials were a joke. Vollmer held his opponent for 4 or 5 seconds before the hail mary. There were a bunch of other doubtful decisions against the Giants. The Giants beat the Patriots and the Refs. All Brady and Belichick do is choking in the playoffs since defenses got headsets. All Brady does is throwing 5 yard passes and as soon as he goes deep it’s more likely that the opponent catches the football. Most overrated QB in the history of the NFL.

  14. st1llerz1 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:46 AM

    Overheard during Bill and Tom’s conversation on the long flight back to New England….

    “Damn, these games are a lot tougher to win when we don’t know what play the other team’s running the entire game!!”

    Brady I can stomach. As far as Belicheat; couldn’t happen to a more miserable guy!

    GO STEELERS!

  15. pftcensorssuck says: Feb 6, 2012 9:53 AM

    It should never have come down to one last Hail Mary pass, Rob.

    The Giants just seem to have Brady andthe Pat’s offense stymied. I mean,they never get on track against the Giants and Brady never is able to light up that high powered offenseagainst the Giants.

    I give a lot of crdit to the Giants coaching for the scheming and the Giants players for the execution, and I ammystified how New England consistantly seems unable to counter what the Giants do.

    As great as Brady and Belichick are, Coughlin obviously has their number.

    This is coming from a hardcore Pat’s fan, by the way.

  16. waccoforflacco says: Feb 6, 2012 9:56 AM

    Thank you Bernard Pollard for screwing up Gronkowski’s ankle. Great Job. Keep up the good work.

  17. Derty Ernie says: Feb 6, 2012 9:59 AM

    Never a Manning fan – especially the dad, but give the guy credit he hung in there and delivered and made the plays when they had to be made.
    Cudos to the whole team, tackling, pass rush, running, the whole nine yards. they had a complete game going and played better.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 6, 2012 10:00 AM

    Rob Gronkowski was playing more like Rob Gronkowitz. He didn’t help his team at all in this game.

  19. lumpinyourthroat says: Feb 6, 2012 10:02 AM

    Dear Patriots fan’s-Close only count’s in horseshoes and hand grenades.

  20. mswravens says: Feb 6, 2012 10:17 AM

    Yeah, almost isn’t good enough.

    –Lee Evans

  21. mswravens says: Feb 6, 2012 10:20 AM

    Lets not get overly dramatic here…the interception was akin to a punt, which they would’ve likely been doing anyway. The “Hail Mary” is called a “Hail Mary” for a reason. It’s a prayer. It’s not like your receiver is holding the game winning catch in his hands in the end zone and drops it/has it stripped. Welker’s drop was at the 20. Giants won the game…Patriots didn’t lose it or hand it to them as the Ravens did for the Pats 2 weeks ago.

  22. westclaims says: Feb 6, 2012 10:25 AM

    The best part of this game, is the fact that Brady to Gronk had a chance at the very end on the hail mary. So close. Too bad.

    I love it.

  23. keoki732 says: Feb 6, 2012 10:27 AM

    Pays choke again!
    Beach boy Brady, to avoid getting his butt dinged by a real Defence, throws a timely Int

  24. cereal blogger says: Feb 6, 2012 10:32 AM

    Gutsy effort by Gronk being out there with a high ankle sprain. Not a Pats fan but that was cool to see. I hope he didnt cause any long term damage, Im sure he delayed the healing process.

  25. colemock70 says: Feb 6, 2012 10:36 AM

    Go patriots.you almost had them but at least you tried your best

  26. bozosforall says: Feb 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    Eli Manning > Tom Brady

    He throws TDs to win Super Bowls…not merely driving for chip shot FGs.

  27. irishking says: Feb 6, 2012 10:53 AM

    Eli has grown into a sensational NFL quarterback. One cool dude.

  28. footballfundamentals says: Feb 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    It should not have come down to that…the giants clearly outplayed the pats

  29. halflight420 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:10 AM

    i really like gronk and ima steelers fan

  30. vincentbojackson says: Feb 6, 2012 11:54 AM

    I can “almost” understand what Gronk says when speaks, but close doesn’t count.

  31. kristakay1 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    I feel bad for the guy. He had a great season and then got hurt in the last game before the superbowl. I think if he was healthy, the outcome might have been different.

  32. knn9413 says: Feb 6, 2012 1:16 PM

    If Gronk was healthy, it would have been a different outcome.. and for guys pointing to Pats, how many teams have reached the SB since 2007 …how many have even reached the playoffs? last i counted, there weren’t many teams that could say that..

  33. raidersfreak says: Feb 6, 2012 1:18 PM

    I watched the Giants beat their rival to get the the division, Crush the Falcons at home, take out last years champs on the road in Lambeau field who were literally unstoppable this season and head west to beat the 49ers after traveling across the country an playing 3 of the toughest playoff games I have seen.

    After watching the Giants on their quest to the Superbowl I did not expect any AFC oppenent to stop their winning streak. These guys were just to damn tough and made the hard plays when it counted.

    The Giants did not have any first round bye ‘s or anything handed to them they kicked ass all the way from NY to the west coast and then finished it in Indy.
    Congratz to one the most well rounded toughest team I have seen in a long time. I tip my Hat to these Giants.

  34. Brian Keith says: Feb 6, 2012 1:48 PM

    People want to say that the Patriots shouldnt have even been in the Super Bowl and never played anybody with a winning record, but they seem to forget that if the officials wouldn’t have blatantly botched the Cruz fumble against Arizona then the Giants wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. BUT, they got hot down the stretch, they won the NFC East, got on a roll and won every game they had to win…You’ve gotta hand it to them, they deserve it. But to say that New England didnt deserve to be there as well is ridiculous! After all, the Giants were 7-7 at week 14. The Patriots can’t help who the NFL schedules for them each week

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:22 PM

    I’m sure this guy listened to Brandy every weekend at U of A. She said it best, “Almost DOESN’T COUNT” HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:24 PM

    Brian Keith says:
    Feb 6, 2012 1:48 PM
    People want to say that the Patriots shouldnt have even been in the Super Bowl and never played anybody with a winning record, but they seem to forget that if the officials wouldn’t have blatantly botched the Cruz fumble against Arizona then the Giants wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. BUT, they got hot down the stretch, they won the NFC East, got on a roll and won every game they had to win…You’ve gotta hand it to them, they deserve it. But to say that New England didnt deserve to be there as well is ridiculous! After all, the Giants were 7-7 at week 14. The Patriots can’t help who the NFL schedules for them each week
    —————-

    So you’re going to end your mindless rant with that foolishness about schedules, but somehow what you claim about the Giants is valid? Whatever it takes for you to sleep better, pal.

  37. indianbob says: Feb 7, 2012 12:53 PM

    Had the 49ers not fumbled away the NFC Championship, this conversation would be mute!

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:38 PM

    indianbob says:
    Feb 7, 2012 12:53 PM
    Had the 49ers not fumbled away the NFC Championship, this conversation would be mute!
    ——–

    had the officials and scoreboard operator not been at it again, THIS PARTICULAR story about Gronkowski would be MOOT.

    You’re welcome.

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