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Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Gronkowski had two more touchdowns Sunday in New England’s 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins. He finished the day with six receptions for a career-high 160 yards.

Gronkowski’s first touchdown of the afternoon was his 14th of the season, setting a new NFL single-season mark for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Gronk has 71 receptions for 1,088 yards and 16 total touchdowns this season.

Additionally, Gronkowski became just the second New England tight end to go over 1,000 yards for the season on Sunday. Ben Coates set the franchise mark for a tight end with 1,174 yards in 1994. Gronkowski needs 203 yards in the final three games to set the NFL record for most yards in a season by a tight end, held by Kellen Winslow, who had 1,290 yards in 1980 with San Diego.

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