Gronk closing in on all-time postseason receiving records for tight ends

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, and he’s now within striking distance of the NFL’s all-time postseason receiving records for a tight end.

Gronk now has 835 postseason receiving yards in his career, moving him ahead of Shannon Sharpe into second place, behind only Dallas Clark. In the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Gronkowski needs just 13 yards to pass Clark for the most postseason receiving yards for any tight end in NFL history.

With 58 career postseason catches, Gronkowski is just six behind Clark’s all-time record. And with 10 postseason receiving touchdowns, Gronkowski already has the most for a tight end in NFL history and tied for third-most among all players, behind only Jerry Rice’s 22 and John Stallworth’s 12.

Asked about those records after the game, Gronkowski changed the subject.

“What’s most important is getting that win and that’s what we did,” Gronkowski said, adding that having a record is “great to hear and everything but that’s not really the main goal. Maybe down the road you can look back and look at that stuff but as of right now what our main goal is just keep on grinding, get the win and that’s what we did tonight.”

Thats what the Patriots have done throughout Gronkowski’s career, and those performances are why Gronkowski, at age 28, is already among the great tight ends in NFL history.

29 responses to “Gronk closing in on all-time postseason receiving records for tight ends

  1. .
    It all began with the words, “We have a trade. New England acquires pick #42 from Oakland. The Raiders receive pick #44 and the Patriots 6th rounder, #190. New England is now on the clock.”
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    The rest is history….
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  2. marcuswelby70 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Give me Gronk and Mark Bavaro in a two tight end set, and I be a very happy offensive coordinator.

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    Hell yes, Bavaro’s back didn’t let him make the mark he should have but at his peak he was the closest thing to Gronk I’ve seen. that two TE set could go deep or run it down your throat or anything in between, whatever personnel group you put out would become the wrong one.

  3. Gronk – GOAT Tight End.
    Brady – GOAT Quarterback.
    Belichick – GOAT Head Coach
    Kraft – GOAT Team Owner

    It’s so hard to be humble when you’re a Patriot but Foxboro is the land of the GOATs…

  4. “marcuswelby70 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Give me Gronk and Mark Bavaro in a two tight end set, and I be a very happy offensive coordinator.”
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    I could take a Tony Gonzalez there as well. Dag Bavaro was a beast.

  5. What always impresses me the most about Gronk is that he is 6′ 6″ but has shown that he can catch footballs that are thrown at the height of his ankles. This allows Brady to sometimes throw safe passed that are difficult to defend and impossible to intercept. Someone his height is suppose to catch the high passes and fades. Gronk catches the those high passes but also being able to catch those low passes is most impressive.

  6. so gronk can shove and push a guy 5 yards, turn and receive a critical 3rd down catch. no problem
    decker barely rubs a guy as he runs by him, well within those same 5 yards on a critical 3rd down – penalty
    this was the turning point of the game.
    titans were forced to punt to NE giving them great field position.
    next round, NE gets a bs encroachment call on the next drive, again critical.
    what happened after that – the titans caved. threw in the towel and the game was over.
    in the world of parody football it doesnt take much to make a good team great. a player or two will do it – or in the case of NE, a zebra or two at the right times.
    THIS is why the WWNFL is losing ratings.
    and for all you pats fans that want to grandstand and call me “salty” – blow me.

  7. Uncle Rico Is Baaaaack!!! says:
    January 14, 2018 at 8:51 am
    so gronk can shove and push a guy 5 yards, turn and receive a critical 3rd down catch. no problem
    decker barely rubs a guy as he runs by him, well within those same 5 yards on a critical 3rd down – penalty
    this was the turning point of the game.

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    So you’re saying that the 3 touchdown loss was because of these 2 calls not going YOUR way?…. WOW.

    Every successful team plays above the refs Malarkey himself said that at halftime.The Pats do it all the time. It’s called discipline.

    The titans are good young team, but they did not have the seasoning to pull of an upset against a more experienced team. If they learn from this, show some discipline, and get a little better at clock management. they will be back in the mix next year.

    Besides… think of us poor Pats fans…. we don’t get to make any plans on Sundays, for another month.

  8. Ginormous catch radius, great hands, crushing blocker, fast, reliable route runner, high effort/motor – the guy is to playing tight end what a great white shark is to eating, the perfect organism for the task.

  9. Ole Uncle Rico needs to take off his rose colored homer glasses and actually watch Decker. He pushes off on almost every play he’s in.

  10. 315judman says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:30 am

    He’s pushing off the competition

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    We all remember that recent game against the Bill’s where the refs were helping Bills by calling a phantom OPI call on Gronk and then on another play the refs allowed a defender to commit several non-called penalties against Gronk. The refs are always out to favor any team is playing against the Patriots.

  11. What you people call pushing off is typically trying to shed DBs that are hanging all over him well after 5 yards downfield. If the refs called all those Gronk would draw at least a half dozen penalties a game. If they’re going to allow the DBs to mug him after 5 yards they have to allow him to try and break free as well.

  12. Uncle Rico Is Baaaaack!!! says:
    January 14, 2018 at 8:51 am
    so gronk can shove and push a guy 5 yards, turn and receive a critical 3rd down catch. no problem
    decker barely rubs a guy as he runs by him, well within those same 5 yards on a critical 3rd down – penalty
    this was the turning point of the game.
    titans were forced to punt to NE giving them great field position.
    next round, NE gets a bs encroachment call on the next drive, again critical.
    what happened after that – the titans caved. threw in the towel and the game was over.
    in the world of parody football it doesnt take much to make a good team great. a player or two will do it – or in the case of NE, a zebra or two at the right times.
    THIS is why the WWNFL is losing ratings.
    and for all you pats fans that want to grandstand and call me “salty” – blow me.
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    Ohhhh, you mean like how defenders essentially tackle gronk they’re so wrapped around him before the ball is even thrown. Yah.

  13. I wish it was possible to display a catalogue of comments by noted sports writers and radio shock jocks.
    The thing I’ve noticed but have difficulty documenting exhaustively is the opportunistic disparagement of anyone….only to be followed by contradictory claims that “I always said player X was great”

    swivel headed noise makers for hyper coffeed opinionators in thrall with the sound of their voice.

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