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He’s back! Rob Gronkowski shows up with gutsy effort in Patriots loss

Eric Edholm
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Rob Gronkowski is back for the New England Patriots, and he didn't take long to make his impact felt, even if it was in a losing effort.

Although Gronkowski did not start the game on the first offensive play, he caught a key first-down conversion for 12 yards on an out route. Five plays later, vintage Gronk: He ran freely down the seam for a play that reminded Patriots fans of what they had missed the first six games of the season. Gronkowski appeared to be in great shape, as he rumbled down to the 1-yard line.

 

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After a first-down stuffed run, the Patriots went back to the ground and — thrust by a big Gronkowski block on the edge — Brandon Bolden scored easily to tie the game for the Patriots against the New York Jets.

But the Jets were the tougher team Sunday and won in overtime — aided by a fluky penalty call on a field-goal attempt — by a score of 30-27.

Still, Gronkowski was outstanding, catching eight passes for 114 yards in playing 51 of the Patriots' 79 snaps in a gutsy effort.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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