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Tom Brady excited about win but feels sorry for Rob Gronkowski

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  December 8, 2013 05:52 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdowns within a span of two minutes, to lead his team to a 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

And he couldn't have been more proud of the outcome, having his offense shut out in the first half of Sunday's game and overcoming a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to finish for the victory.

"That was awesome, " said Brady, who finished with 418 receiving yards on 32 of 52 passing. "What a game. I'm just proud of the guys. We fought through a lot of adversity. A lot of mental toughness. We grinded it out, so it was pretty sweet."

However, after the serious injury to Rob Gronkowski, who took a crushing hit to the knee in the third quarter by the Browns' T.J. Ward, admitted the happiness of the win was tempered by the injury.

"Yeah, it hurts to see any of those guys go down," Brady said. "Certainly with Gronk, we've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players, so we've got to just keep bouncing back. No one feels sorry for the Patriots. I think we all feel sorry for Rob, but I don't think anyone feels sorry for the Patriots. We're with him. We support him."

Brady was also asked about players like Ward targeting the body low, a direct outcome of new NFL rules that penalizes and fines players for shots to the head and shoulders.

"You know, I've seen it all at this point," he said. "They make the rules and you try to play within them. You can't hit in the head, so you've got to ... Those guys, they're lowering their target area. It's unfortunate to see anyone get hurt. It's a physical game and you hate to see guys get hurt."

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