FOXBOROUGH — Big Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was smiling wider than his Dunkin’ Donuts cardboard version after catching two touchdowns in the Patriots overtime win over the Jets today. Even if the win wasn’t pretty.
“Well, a win’s a win,” Gronkowski said from his locker after the OT victory. “I’ll take it whatever way. You can win some ugly and you can win some pretty and it just doesn’t matter. We work together as a team and we got the victory.”
Gronkowski scored on a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter for his first two-touchdown receiving game of 2012 and the 10th game of his career with two or more touchdown receptions.
“We just went out and completed passes, got the run game going a little bit and everyone was just doing their job,” Gronkowski said. “O-line was doing good and Tom [Brady] was putting the ball where it needed to be caught and the receivers were making good plays. Overall, we executed as an offense to get where we needed to [be] to kick that field goal.”
Gronkowski gave Brady props for the two of them being in a good rhythm today.
“I just got to be ready at all times; passing wise, blocking wise, and when your number’s called you just have to go out there and do your job. And when the ball is thrown to you, you got to catch it and protect it. It was just going good and everyone was just doing a good job out there.”
Gronkowski set an NFL record for a tight end last season with seven games with two touchdown receptions. Since he entered the NFL in 2010, Gronkowski has 32 touchdown receptions and 33 total touchdowns. He can become the first tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons.