Rob Gronkowski on unreviewed catch: I had it stable in my hand

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The replay process wasn’t initiated quickly enough for a second, third and fourth look at a catch by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski late in the first half of Sunday’s victory over the Texans, so the 28-yard highlight reel catch stood and the Patriots would drive on for a touchdown.

After the game, Gronkowski recounted his thoughts about the big play. They included a firm belief that the catch would have withstood a replay review and initial questions about Tom Brady‘s decision-making process.

“Yeah, when I was running up the seam I had two guys on me and when I saw the ball in the air I literally thought first thing, “What is Tom thinking?” Gronkowski said, via a transcript of his postgame comments. “When that ball was in the air I had a guy grabbing me and I was just like, “I’ve just got to go for it.” I can’t let them make a play on it, so just went up for it, made the catch. I did make the catch. I don’t know how. When I went to the ground I had it stable in my hand, so it was definitely a catch, but Tom went up to the line really quick just to make sure. We got the play off, which was nice.”

Gronkowski had seven catches for 123 yards, a touchdown and a lost fumble in Sunday’s 28-21 win.

46 responses to “Rob Gronkowski on unreviewed catch: I had it stable in my hand

  1. All the Texans has to do is call a TO , they can’t challenge under 2 minutes but it when have been reviewed in NY because it was questionable.

    But we will see the usual PFT crybabies that are always on Patriots related articles telling us how it was the ref favoring the Patriots

  2. Great player, best of all time of the modern era. But dude… really?? I dont expect you to say you did not catch it. That would not of been ruled a catch. You trapped it against the turf. Water under the bridge but come on man.. really hahaha

  3. Nobody knows for sure how abvreview would’ve resulted. Last year there were times that similar ‘catches’ stood, and others were overturned.

    If they are looking for irrefutable evidence in order to overturn it, it wasn’t there. It’s just that simple.

  4. .
    Trump /Russia is a fan of the 1-35-1 Cleveland Browns. His point is that Tyrod Taylor is the GOAT and Tom Brady couldn’t make the Browns practice squad.
    .

  5. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Of course he did. PEDtriots starting season right, already cheating.

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    Good lord. If a player on your team makes a contested catch, you expect him to sell it. Why is it only cheating when the Patriots do it? The refs missed a call – that’s on them, not New England. Do you expect them to give the ball back to Houston and say “excuse me Mr. Official, but I don’t really think I made that catch.”

  6. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Of course he did. PEDtriots starting season right, already cheating.

    Well it’s the first game of the season wait till the GOAT is in mid season form and you will have a complete and utter meltdown !

  7. It wasn’t a catch, but it was a tough call live and there is at least one of these in every game around the league. Can we not make every single one a big issue because it’s the Patriots?

    It was also clear DPI btw.

  8. hand under it = catch

    it can touch the ground indirectly, which it did

    the ball was ripped out after he was down for about 1 second

    i also live he is mauled before the ball gets there, yet somehow the focus is on it somehow not being a catch.

    how is that safety not a safety in the 1st qtr, media and trolls?

  9. Gronk also thinks that Le’V is a great guy who cares about his teammates, Jameis is a high-character role model, Eli is the long-term QB solution in NYC, and that Roger Goodell genuinely cares about NFL players.

  10. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Of course he did. PEDtriots starting season right, already cheating.

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    And you are starting the season doing what you do…..crying

  11. Could have gone either way on review, and it was smart football by Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, to get a play off before any time out.

  12. @ Flash

    The Texans shouldn’t have to call timeout. Same old same old refs assisting the Patriots again.

  13. Belichick will call it a catch and all the cheatruot fans will agree which farther proves all patriot fans have zero uunderstanding of NFL rules.

  14. JUST STOP CHEATING ALREADY!
    ENOUGH!

    Why are people pissed? Because outside of the Super Bowl, I can say the Patriots have received the benefit of 8 straight catch/no-catch calls. Assume that they are 50/50 calls (which they weren’t.)

    The probability of getting those 8 calls to all go your way? 4 in 1000! Does everyone expect the next 990 calls to not go their way?

  15. At the very least the Patriots should have had the ball at that spot where he was mugged by 2 Texans. How did the announcers not mention that?

  16. It didn’t look like a catch although that doesn’t mean it would be overturned. Texans had to take a TO there either way. Also, if they went back to the old rule that the ball can’t touch the ground it would take away a lot of the controversy on these plays.

  17. vaphinfan says:
    Belichick will call it a catch and all the cheatruot fans will agree which farther proves all patriot fans have zero uunderstanding of NFL rules.
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    It was ruled a catch by the officials, it doesn’t matter what Belichick thought.

    Brady was smart enough to get the next play off. O’Brien wasn’t smart enough to call the time-out.

    One guy played chess, while the other played checkers ….. and you want to discuss who understands NFL rules???

    Brady does!

  18. vaphinfan says:
    September 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    Belichick will call it a catch and all the cheatruot fans will agree which farther proves all patriot fans have zero uunderstanding of NFL rules.

    And vaphinfan has limited ability to use grammar, spelling, and punctuation. “farther”?

  19. Love all of you claiming the refs help the Pats. I suppose the non call on the safety was helping? Or the other 6 or so calls they blatantly missed was helping. Please, quit the complaining.

  20. I would have hated to be the official making that review call. I personally think the call on the field would have stood. It was hard to see if Gronk had full control the entire time (he did before the ball touched the ground), because you lost site of it when it went under him.

    If it had been called incomplete, I think a review wouldn’t have changed that call either.

    That said, Gronk made so many big catches in that game. (Almost?) All of the 3rd down conversions seem to go to Gronk. He had a TD. One catch or not, that wasn’t like 4th down. It hurt Houston, but the decision on reviewing it did not win the game for NE.

  21. It was also a catch btw. New rules, it doesn’t matter what the ball does anymore after he has possession.

    And since it was called a catch anyway there was no clear evidence to overturn.

  22. superpatriotsfanismadteehee says:
    September 10, 2018 at 8:42 am
    Patriots fans logic:
    Controversial catch that goes into the Patriots favor = IT WAS A CATCH!!!
    Controversial catch that goes against the Patriots favor = IT WAS NOT A CATCH!!!
    —————-
    U mad? 😀

  23. If Gronkowski says it was a catch, then it definitely was not a catch. Whatever a Cheatriot says, believe the opposite.

  24. GoodellMustGo says:
    September 10, 2018 at 10:29 am
    superpatriotsfanismadteehee says:
    September 10, 2018 at 8:42 am
    Patriots fans logic:
    Controversial catch that goes into the Patriots favor = IT WAS A CATCH!!!
    Controversial catch that goes against the Patriots favor = IT WAS NOT A CATCH!!!
    —————-
    U mad? 😀
    ————

    I’m so in your head rent free

  25. superpatriotsfan says:
    September 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    September 10, 2018 at 10:29 am
    superpatriotsfanismadteehee says:
    September 10, 2018 at 8:42 am
    Patriots fans logic:
    Controversial catch that goes into the Patriots favor = IT WAS A CATCH!!!
    Controversial catch that goes against the Patriots favor = IT WAS NOT A CATCH!!!
    —————-
    U mad? 😀
    ————

    I’m so in your head rent free

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂 U so mad 🙂

    ❄️

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