New England Patriots beat the Cleveland Browns 27-26, Rob Gronkowski suffers likely torn ACL

The Patriots pulled off a miraculous win against the Browns, but another Gronk injury dims SB hopes

12/8/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offense celebrates a touchdown by New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY SportsIt felt like it was over. It really did. With 2:39 left in the game, Jason Campbell connected with Jordan Cameron to give the Browns a 26-14 lead.

About 2 minutes (game time) later, the Patriots drove 95 yards for a TD, recovered an onside kick, and then drove 40 yards for another TD within 30 seconds of the first one, and the Browns were left with a 1-point deficit at their own 20 yard line and only 31 seconds to make a comeback of their own.

Campbell did a great job marching the Browns down the field efficiently, but they had to settle for a 59-yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff as time expired.

Cundiff's kick fell short, and the Patriots got the win.

The win was a costly one, however, as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski went down late in the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Sources said after the game that it appeared to be an ACL tear, and Gronkowski will undergo an MRI tomorrow.

In case you didn't see the injury, here's an animated GIF of the play:



The Patriots offense is very different without the dominant presence of Gronkowski, and his injury could be the nail in the coffin for their Super Bowl aspirations. It's going to be extremely difficult to keep up with teams like the Broncos, Colts and Bengals without their star TE.

Do you think the Patriots can hang on and do damage in the playoffs without Gronkowski? Or are they done?
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