Rob Gronkowski victim of cheap shot by Jaguars? NFL reaction

Annette Crawford
January 22, 2018

Season grade: Near perfection.

After the Patriots' in the AFC Championship on Sunday, an official walked over to the and patted him on the back to get his attention. It was enough of a few National Football League players and enough to begin the complaints of every Patriots critic (meaning, every non-Patriots fan). The addition of Tom Coughlin played a big role, but general manager Dave Caldwell put together the bulk of this team.

He had been part of the Patriots' first 26 offensive snaps of the game. A 45-7 victory over the Houston Texans at home clinched the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2007, and the Tennessee Titans' loss the following week gave the Jaguars their first division title since 1999.


The tight end attempted to make a catch up the seam, but was leveled by Jaguars safety Barry Church on a helmet-to-helmet hit.

All afternoon the Patriots had stacked the box, forcing Bortles to make plays and he did, but when the box was still stacked late in the game, Doug Marrone and the coaching staff lost their creativity and pounded the ball up the middle. Three plays later, Josh Lambo kicked the game victor. "I need to go look at the rule book on [to define pass interference], because you're telling me the receiver can have his hands on me the whole way down the field, but if I look for the ball and try to protect myself from being pushed, it's a flag?" Our bar was set one week or two weeks from now, and we didn't get there. "And that's what we're going to strive for this offseason".

"To come this far, we expected more", Grant said.

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