Rob Gronkowski scored in his return to the Patriots after missing just one game with a knee injury, and the New England Patriots jumped back on top of the AFC with a 27-6 win over the Houston Texans.
Gronkowski missed last week’s game after spraining his knee in the Patriots’ loss to the Denver Broncos, but he didn’t appear to be favoring his knee at all after returning sooner than expected. He caught all four of his targets for 86 yards and a touchdown.
He made some history in the process:
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 14, 2015
Tom Brady completed 22-of-30 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
With both Denver and Cincinnati losing earlier on Sunday, the Patriots have the best record in the AFC at 11-2. The Patriots have remaining games against the Titans, Jets and Dolphins.
Earning a first-round bye with the top seed in the AFC could become more crucial if injuries continue to pile up. New England lost LaGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty, Dominique Easley and Jonathan Freeny to injury during the game.