Included in the sixth and final episode of “Tom vs. Time” was an inside look at Tom Brady’s first conversation with Rob Gronkowski following the AFC Championship Game.
Gronkowski, the NFL’s best tight end and the New England Patriots’ leading receiver, was knocked out of that game late in the first half with a concussion. The Patriots trailed the Jacksonville Jaguars by 11 points at the time and by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before rallying to win 24-20 to secure a spot in Super Bowl LII.
As Brady drove home from Gillette Stadium with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, he gave Gronkowski a call.
“You’re a (expletive) animal, just so you know that,” Brady said after checking in on the tight end’s well-being. “… That was a miracle of us winning without you out there, just so you know it. It was a (expletive) miracle.”
Gronkowski responded by praising Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the win.
“How does Danny get so good in the playoffs, man?” he said.
Gronkowski returned to action in the Super Bowl and caught nine passes for 116 and two touchdowns, but the Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33.
Reflecting on New England’s playoff run, Brady called the win over Jacksonville one of the best he’s been a part of.
“We practiced against Jacksonville this year (in training camp),” Brady said. “We knew the challenge it was going to be. It took everything we had to win it. We lost Gronk in the first half of the game. We played good. We played from behind. One of the great wins I think we’ve ever had.”
Check out the full “Tom vs. Time” episode below.
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