The Patriots win, but it's a costly one as their star TE goes down again
The Patriots' star tight end injured his forearm again and will need surgery, ending his season.
Gronk already missed 5 games this year, and was also hurt last year in the playoffs, which greatly impacted his effectiveness in the Super Bowl.
The Patriots still ended up winning the game 41-28, thanks to some outstanding play by Tom Brady, Rob Ninkovich, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and others.
Brady went 25 for 40 with 344 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions while picking up his record-breaking 17th playoff win as a starting QB.
Ninkovich made some big tackles in key spots, and picked off a Matt Schaub pass in the 4th quarter that stopped a potential Houston comeback.
Ridley, Hernandez, Welker, and Vereen were all outstanding as part of an offense that gained 457 total yards.
The Patriots will have to continue without Gronkowski. They face a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game against the Ravens, a game in which Gronkowski was their leading receiver. They'll have to look elsewhere this time.
Congrats to the Patriots for yet another AFC Championship appearance. It should be a fun one next week.