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The Gronkowski effect

Two more reasons it's good to have Rob Gronkowski back.

His catch radius is larger than most players. Look at him scoop down low and snag this pass for a touchdown.

And look at him draw three defenders while Shane Vereen sits wide open for an easy touchdown.


Tale of two Tom Bradys

Tom Brady was OK in the first half, and excellent in the second, as has been the case in recent games.

Here in the second quarter he forces a third down throw to Rob Gronkowski in tight coverage, when he could've found Vereen or Julian Edelman for a first down.

But look at him feather this pass to Vereen over Whitney Mercilus in the third quarter. James Develin rammed it in on the next play.

And he drops it perfectly in the bucket to Edelman for 25 yards.