NFL: Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski ties NFL record with two TD catches
- Rob Gronkowski tied the NFL record for consecutive games with multiple touchdown
- He had two scoring catches against Atlanta Falcons in the first half
- Gronkowski caught touchdown passes of 20 yards and 1 yard from Tom Brady
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski went into the NFL history books as he tied the league record for consecutive games with multiple touchdown catches by tight ends. He had two scoring catches against Atlanta Falcons in the first half.
Gronkowski caught touchdown passes of 20 yards and 1 yard from Tom Brady in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons. Including the playoffs and this year's regular-season opener, Gronkowski has two scoring catches in three consecutive games.
Meanwhile, he also has set the Tampa Bay record for consecutive games with at least two touchdown catches for a player at any position.
New England tight end Ben Coates also had three consecutive games with multiple TD catches in 1994.
At his peak, the 32-year-old was an absolute force, not just catching the ball from Tom Brady but blocking as well. He came out of retirement last season to follow Brady to Tampa Bay, started slow but came on strong and conquered the Super Bowl.
Meanwhile, the long-running Brady and Gronkowski show keeps rolling on with no real signs of slowing down.
The prolific duo — now in their second seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after nine highly successful years in New England — moved ahead of Steve Young and Jerry Rice into third place on the NFL’s career list for regular-season TDs by a passing combo during last week’s 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Brady threw for 379 yards and four TDs, including a pair to Gronkowski, who has been on the receiving end of a TD pass from the 44-year-old quarterback 86 times during the tight end’s stellar career with the Patriots and Bucs.
With inputs from the Associated Press