New England's Gronkowski sets record

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots set the record for most touchdown catches in a season by a tight end, raising his total to 15 with two in Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins.

New England's Rob Gronkowski scored on this 11-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter, setting an NFL record for TD passes caught in a season by a tight end.  EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
New England's Rob Gronkowski scored on this 11-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter, setting an NFL record for TD passes caught in a season by a tight end.

The previous mark of 13 TD catches by a tight end originally was set by Antonio Gates in 2004, then matched by Vernon Davis in 2009.

Gronkowski’s record-breaking 14th score came on an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady with 5:49 left in the first quarter.

Then, on the opening drive of the second half, Gronkowski caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brady.

• Brady got into a screaming match on the sideline with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien after being picked off by Josh Wilson with 6:30 remaining.

“I threw a pretty bad interception, so he wasn’t happy about it,” said Brady, who threw his first interception since Nov. 6. “And there was probably a long line of coaches and players that were pretty (upset) at me after that, but Billy got to me first. He let me have it; I deserved it.”

PACKERS: Green Bay’s 46-16 victory over Oakland might have been costly for the 13-0 team.

Star wide receiver Greg Jennings left the game with an apparent left knee injury in the third quarter.

“Well, it didn’t look very good,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “So we’ll see what the MRI says tomorrow. And hopefully, we’ve got a bye wrapped up, so he really has close to five weeks before our (playoff) game.”

Coach Mike McCarthy was more guarded, classifying the injury as a sprain and saying that it warranted further evaluation..

STEELERS: ESPN is reporting that the NFL is considering suspending linebacker James Harrison one or two games for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, according to an NFL source.

The debate about whether Harrison will be suspended will continue at NFL offices this morning.

TITANS: Matt Hasselbeck managed to return for one play after rookie Jake Locker had the wind knocked out of him. Tennessee’s veteran quarterback completed a pass, then hopped gingerly back to the sideline.

Hasselbeck, who is sidelined with a strained left calf, said after a 22-17 loss to New Orleans he figured he was a better option under center than tight end Daniel Graham.


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