ATLANTA (AP) – Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski partnered Sunday to continue to make NFL history. It is an unbeatable connection.
Brady threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to his favorite target – and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were closer to the NFC South’s title by beating the Atlanta Falcons 30-17 on Sunday.RELATED
The 44-year-old quarterback completed 38 of 51 passes, including touchdowns of 27 and 11 yards with Gronkowski – his first touchdowns since the second week against the Falcons.
The pair have combined for 90 touchdowns, leaving Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates behind for second place on the NFL’s all-time roster. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison lead with 112 touchdown passes.
Including the playoffs, Brady has 104 touchdown passes to Gronk.
“Tom knows what he’s thinking before he does it,” said coach Bruce Arians. “Tom threw a couple of balls before Gronk was ready, because he knew where he was going. It has a great tune ”.
Gronkowski missed four games this season after suffering a severe blow to the Rams, which left him with cracked ribs and a punctured lung.
But he will continue to catch passes from Brady as long as he can.
“We help each other,” Gronkowski said.
Brady added: “It makes life easier for the quarterback.”
The Bucs (9-3) won their third game in a row and increased their division distance to four games over Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans (all 5-7) with five games to play.
Brady is 10-0 in his career against the Falcons, with four consecutive victories in the past two seasons after leaving New England to play in Tampa Bay.