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Christopher L. Gasper

Losing Rob Gronkowski may be too tough to overcome

FOXBOROUGH — As Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the Gillette Stadium field Sunday, nothing but uncertainty and a trip to the hospital ahead of him, he waved to the crowd. It was hard to feel like Gronkowski was not waving goodbye to the Patriots’ plans to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Patriots won a football game against the Cleveland Browns in stirring, remarkable, miraculous fashion, sandwiching two Tom Brady touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds between a perfect Stephen Gostkowski onside kick to win, 27-26. But they lost their sui generis tight end, and, maybe, yet another golden opportunity to add the elusive fourth Lombardi Trophy to their mantel.

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