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January 15, 2012
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Tom Brady tied the record for touchdowns in a playoff game with six against the Broncos, as the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship game.
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Tight end Rob Gronkowski spiked the ball after scoring his third touchdown of the night against the Broncos.
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Wes Welker and Tiquan Underwood (#10) joined the celebration.
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Rob Gronkowski caught a 10-yard pass from Tom Brady as the Patriots took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
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Patriots fans held signs spelling "Gronk" for star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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Tom Brady celebrated with Deion Branch after his 61-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Sterling Moore tackled Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to cause an incompletion.
Patriots defensive lineman Gerard Warren sacked Tim Tebow in the first half.
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The Patriots' sustained their defensive pressure throughout the game.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was brought down by Broncos safety David Bruton in the first quarter.
These fans at Gillette Stadium were looking for the Patriots to put an end to Tim Tebow's hot streak, and they did.
It was another big night for Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots as they advanced to next Sunday's AFC title game.