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2016 Season Blog. 

Pats Vs. Bills.

2nd Quarter.

By TOM

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The Mighty Gronk.

By TOM

The Bills lined up in a Wacky 2-Wide shotgun, with two Backs making an L with Taylor, after a 50-minute 1st quarter. The Pats stayed in the 3-4. Taylor threw wildly at Powell. He had been very erratic in the 1st Quarter. 2nd and 10, same-same. They ran Gillislee. He was able to cut inside of Hightower and got to the 2nd level. Roberts finally caught him, and they continue forward for nine.

3rd and 2, the Bills motioned into a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 2-5, without the slightest respect for the passing game. Taylor hit Justin Hunter, who I didn't even know was on the team, on a short out. He beat Rowe.

1st and 10, the Bills lined up in a 3-Wide Winged shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 4-3. They ran the ball with Gillislee. Hightower set the edge with a vicious hit on Felton. Sheard cracked him, and Butler and Hightower helped bring him down.

2nd and 9, the Bills lined up in their wacky College Shotgun again. But they motioned Clay outside. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with Rowe in the slot covering some-WR-named Powell. Taylor threw around Sheard out in the flat to Bush. He turned up field for a 1st. But the Bills are finally called for an illegally ugly formation, with five men in the backfield in their Wacky College Shotgun.

2nd and 14, the Bills lined up in a 2-Wide Winged-shotgun. The Pats matched up in a 3-4 with both OLBs lined up on the Blindside. Sheard and Ninkovich test the edge, but both get Held as Taylor threw to Bush outside in a screen. McCourty met him at the line and he tripped over him. Plus, the refs called that stupid pass interference call on the screen again.

2nd and 24, and the Bills just don't have any weapons in the passing game. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with a Chung in the box. Collins delayed blitzes a little. As Valentine stunted outside. He crashed inside behind him, and crashed into Taylor as he threw. The ball is short and McCourty leaped up for the INT, but Clay knocked it down like a DB.

3rd and 24, the Pats matched up in a 2-3 Dime, and dropped way back into a prevent. Taylor had to throw underneath to Gillislee and Flowers attacked from behind. He brought him down well short to force the punt. The Pats almost blocked the punt.

1st and 10 at the 18, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. Brady dropped, and the O-line formed a warped pocket, but held. Brady had to dump it off underneath to a well-covered Bennett. He grabbed it and held on as two defenders ran over him.

2nd and 8, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The O-line gave Brady too much time. He did a little jig in the pocket like he didn't know what to do. Then like a little Leprechaun, he threw a deep rainbow downfield, but there was no pot o' gold underneath it.

3rd and 8, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Bills blitzed. Brady can't find anyone, and just as he tried to get outside. Preston Brown hits him from behind to force the punt.

The Bills lined up and in their Wacky College Shotgun, and get called for Holding. 1st and 16, and the Bills lined up Empty. Taylor threw deep to Clay, and he hurt his shoulder diving for the pass. And that removed the best pass catcher they had left.

2nd and 16, the Bills lined up in a Stacked up Weak shotgun. Taylor dumped it off to Felton, and Roberts thunder cracked him down. 3rd and 12, and the Bills have their best offensive play in the game, a 37-yard pass interference call.

1st and 10 at the 32, the Bills lined up in a 2-Wide Winged shotgun. The Pats lined up disrespectfully in a 4-3, with six guys on the LOS. Taylor hit Reggie Bush in stride on a wheel route. McClellin tackled him inside the Ten, with some help from Chung.

1st and goal at the 7, and the Pats got called for a jury box foul. 1st and goal from the 3 and half, the Bills lined up in a confused 4-Wide shotgun. BB called timeout as they had 12-men in the jury box again. The Pats are killing themselves. 1st and goal, again, from the 3 and a half. The Bills lined up in a 2-Wide Wacky Shotgun. The Pats matched up in a wacky 3-4 with three guys down on one side of the line, and three guys standing up on the other. Gillislee runs full speed forward, runs over Collins, and twists and falls through two huge hits for a TD. Pats-14. Bills-10. Over-Officiousness-5. 

The Pats lined up in a Singleback. Brady handed it to Blount and he hop-cut a couple of times for four. 2nd and 6, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Singleback. Brady dropped and threw a back shoulder Fade in rhythm to Hogan. "I mean, especially after the first game that we lost," Hogan said. "You know it wasn't really my best game and it wasn't our, as a team, best game, but to come back here. You know, we played, we wanted to play really well. It's always fun to go up against old teams." Hogan leaped up over Darby grabbed the ball, and crashed into the ground as the Darby tried to pretend that he hadn't caught the ball.

1st and 10, Pats lined up in a twins-twins Singleback. Blount tried to get outside, but Kyle Williams dived into his feet from behind. He held his balance, stopped, and cut straight up field for another tough four. 2nd and 6, the Pats lined up Empty, as they balance that fine line between running out the Half, and not outsmarting themselves.

Brady had a great pocket. "I'm just trying to find open guys," Brady said. "That's what I'm trying to do, and Gronk was the guy on that play. He does a good job all day of getting his opportunity. Sometimes they double him with coverage and squeeze him from inside and out but on that particular play he had a seam running down the defense and it was just good to put it out there and let him make a play." He stepped up into it with his new found elite footwork.

He threw a perfect pass to Gronk over his inside shoulder. "It's a great accomplishment," Brady said. "He is a dynamic player for us. He makes great plays in the pass game: down the field, intermediate, short, he's tough to tackle. He has a great enthusiasm about him. He's just done a great job since he's been here, so it's a credit to him and his toughness, his mental toughness. I've always talked about that with him and his ability to overcome the difficulties that he's faced over his career to get to this point. We need it because he's such a great player for our team." Gronk lined up outside, but inside the numbers.

Gronk and Brady read the coverage the same. "I saw, I think it was a cover four I think," Gronk said. "But I just kind of had a feeling just had to get up on the safeties toes, give him a little move, and cross his face. Tom read it super well, and it was a great throw and great play overall." He beat the Safety inside, with a little outside shoulder fake.

He got a step on him. "It was definitely a two call play," Gronk said. "It's a lot of times, like 50% of the time in games, you get two calls, and whatever looks better he's going to change it to. So he did a great job of reading the play, and I just ran the route that I needed to run and he put an excellent ball out there to do what I had to do to score." He turned back as Robey jumped up and swiped at the ball, and stumbled a little.

Gronk caught the ball casually and ran it in for another record. "Nope, we never envisioned it like that," Gronk said. "I never envisioned it like that. Definitely envisioned big things though, but nothing like that on a scale of being like this so, it's just unbelievable. And to come back to my hometown where I grew up watching all the Bills games vs. the Patriots, so it's just an unbelievable honor and just got to give a lot of credit to this organization overall for giving me all the opportunities and helping me to get to where I am." He did a little Deion Sanders dance as he crossed the goal line.

Then he gave a little bow to the crowd, and the super Gronk spike. "Definitely an honor to come home to my hometown and get that record. To hold the record for most franchise touchdowns is just unbelievable," Gronk said. "I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates, my coaches. We're just always working together making strides every single day that we step out onto the practice field and just seeing everyone how the way they work, seeing all the opportunities the coaches gave me and giving some credit to myself coming in and working hard every single day to get to where I need to be and its just an awesome experience." It was his 69th career TD pass to set a Patriots record, you know what I mean. You know, what I mean.

Incredibly, he broke Morgan's record in less than half the games (80) that Stanley played in for the Patriots (180). "Stanley Morgan actually called me to congratulate me and he was an awesome player, awesome guy. He said congratulations and it was pretty cool so to get a phone call from him already right after the game in the locker room was something special, and its cool, but I mean the win is definitely way more important. Its awesome to get that win for sure and that's what's most important is going out there and having your team win which we did today on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Overall, it's definitely an honor, but I just got to keep working keep on grinding every single day." We are watching something very special when Gronk is on the field. That TD really put his greatness into perspective, at least for us old farts who watched Morgan play in the 70s and 80s. Pats-21. Bills-10. Over-Officiousness-4.

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