The New England Patriots have a new franchise leader for touchdowns.
Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a 53-yard pass down the middle of the field for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game. Aside from giving the Patriots a 21-10 lead over the Bills, it was also the 69th time that Gronkowski has made it to the end zone, which broke a tie with Stanley Morgan for the franchise lead.
Of Gronkowski’s 69 touchdowns now, the total includes 68 touchdown receptions – all but one thrown by Tom Brady – and one rushing score. The lone rushing one came against the Indianapolis Colts back in 2011.
As you can imagine, there was a great deal of talk entering the week about Gronkowski setting the record against the Bills. That being said though, the tight end was not interested in thinking about records this week as he ensured reporters that his focus would solely be on the Buffalo Bills.
That’s the last thing I’m thinking about right now,” he said about the record. “We’ve got a big game here. We’ve got the Buffalo Bills, going into Buffalo. The crowd is going to be super loud. They’re always into it, lot of energy. That’s the last thing I’m thinking about. When it happens, if it happens, there’s another time to talk about it, but as of right now, I’m just focused on the Bills. That’s the last thing I want to talk about.”