Gronkowski caught six passes for 79 yards, including arguably the biggest catch of the night. Down four with 54 seconds left in regulation, the former Arizona Wildcat hauled in a 25-yard pass on third down to put the Patriots at the Kansas City 4-yard line.
Rex Burkhead rushed for a touchdown on the next play, giving the Patriots a 31-28 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Chiefs drove the field for a game-tying field goal to send the game to overtime, where Patriots quarterback Tom Brady engineered a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to seal the win. Gronkowski reeled in a 15-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 to extend the drive.
Gronkowski surpassed 1,000 career postseason receiving yards in the victory. One more win and the 29-year-old will add a third Super Bowl ring to his collection.
It could be Gronkowski’s last NFL game. The nine-year veteran is expected to mull retirement in the offseason so he can possibly pursue an acting career.
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