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Steelers' Sean Davis focused on keeping Rob Gronkowski in check: He's not going to get deep shots this year

Ryan Hannable
December 13, 2018 - 10:15 am

The Steelers' Sean Davis would probably like to forget last year's game against the Patriots.

New England was trailing 24-19 when they got the ball with 2:06 left and Davis was the one who was on Rob Gronkowski during the final Patriots' drive of the game when the tight end caught three straight passes for 69 yards, leading to Dion Lewis' eight-yard, game-winning touchdown.

Of course, this was prior to the controversial Jesse James no catch and then Duron Harmon's interception.

Gronkowski finished the game with nine receptions for 168 yards and the Steelers are determined to not let it happen again.

“It has been lingering in the room, and the DB room, especially for me trying to get my run back," Davis told reporters Wednesday. "But, it is a little different this year, I am going to be playing deep. I am going to make sure the deep shots Gronk got on me last year, he’s not going to get it this year."

Mike Tomlin seemed to agree on a conference call with the New England media.

"I think that goes without saying, obviously," he said. "Those that were a part of us understand that. Those that weren’t care less. We better be concerned about preparing ourselves to minimize his impact and do what it is that we need to do to be successful this time around."

In six career games against Pittsburgh, Gronkowski has 39 receptions for 664 yards and eight touchdowns. His 110.6 yards per game are his highest average versus any team he's opposed more than once and the eight touchdowns are his most against any non-AFC East team.

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