Rob Gronkowski on win over Chiefs in AFC title game: It was one of my sweeter victories

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2019 - 1:30 am

KANSAS CITY -- Rob Gronkowski did something he had never done before Sunday night by way of beating the Chiefs in the AFC title game: win a playoff game on the road.

Before the 37-31 overtime win, the last time the Patriots won a road playoff game was in 2005.

Gronkowski was very excited afterwards.

"It felt good," he said. "The way the guys have been fighting all year long -- the way we fought this game -- I couldn't be more proud to be on this team," he said. "I'm more proud to be out here with the boys -- how hard we just kept fighting. Defense, offense, special teams, a victory on the road, AFC championship game.

"It was one of my sweeter victories, definitely, in my career."

Gronkowski finished the game with a season-high 11 targets, six catches and 79 yards. This was much different than last week when he was primarily a blocker against the Chargers.

"It's just basically what the doctor orders," he said. "Or what the coach orders -- coach/doctor orders. Whatever it is. I have to block, I have to receive. It's crucial. The team depends on me in many situations in the run game and in the pass game. I've just been fighting all year long, so whenever situations come like this I'm ready to go and ready to make some plays. So whatever coaches ask me to do I'm always down to try my best and give it my all."

Even late in the fourth quarter after Gronkowski had a ball go through his hands and get intercepted, but get negated because of an offsides penalty, Tom Brady went right back to him.

"It's crunch time, you make the play or you're done, you're out of the playoffs," he said. "It's huge. It's the trust that we have in each other. We love playing with each other. Just the bond we have to always be on the same page when we need to be is huge."

Gronkowski and the Patriots will take on the Rams in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

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