The New England Patriots rolled to another AFC Championship Game with a pounding of the Houston Texans but made one very big mistake in the win. That would be letting Rob Gronkowski play in the game and now Gronkowski has broken his forearm again and will miss the rest of the postseason. I hate to say it but this was a game that New England could have won without Gronkowski even touching the field and now will pay the price for it.
Gronkowski is a huge part of the New England offense from the tight end position and was likely not ready to go in this game before falling after a catch and doing the damage again. While Aaron Hernandez is a great player, he isn’t Gronkowski. I remember that New England had a hobbled Gronkowski last year in the Super Bowl and nearly won but can New England survive without Gronkowski in the lineup at all?
I do think it will be a great game with the Patriots hosting the Baltimore Ravens and New England could lose this game strictly with the fact that they don’t have Gronkowski out there but I do think they should be able to get through the game and get to the Super Bowl yet again. It would likely be a different story there depending on who New England would play but the Patriots now must make sure that Hernandez stays healthy to keep the New England offense clicking. There is no doubt though that New England is not as good without Gronkowski.
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