Sunday’s game was one of the more bittersweet experiences for fans of the Patriots. Down 26-14 with 2:39 left in the game, all hope was almost lost, fans made their way to the exits, and Tom Brady did what Tom Brady has done his whole career. With some help of a pass interference call, and a mistake on the Browns’ part by making contact with the onside kick, Brady mounted yet another 4th quarter comeback. The remarkable win came with a remarkable price: Rob Gronkowski is done for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL.
- The loss of Gronk is definitely a huge blow. The numbers don’t lie and the Patriots are better in every aspect of offense with Gronk on the field. There is no way to replace his production, but similar to the patch work defense that has been thrown out there due to injury, the offense will have to follow suit. The major difference in the offense this time around without Gronk is that they have Shane Vereen. Vereen has shown that he is a dangerous weapon on offense. He had 12 receptions for 153 yards on Sunday. On the drive where the Patriots scored their first touchdown, it was all Vereen. He had the huge 50-yard reception to start the drive, caught a 16-yard pass, and then ran it in for the score. Of course he can expect to see more attention with Gronk out, but his versatility allows him to be a mismatch for a lot of coverages. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Mount Another Improbable Comeback; Beat Browns 27-26 »
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