By Levan Reid, WBZ-TVBy Levan Reid

BOSTON (CBS) – Coming home to play a game in front of the hometown crowd is always tough. This is the second time for Rob Gronkowski and at first it looked as if he was going to have a rough afternoon. A fumble and then a dropped pass, the game was not looking good for the Patriots star tight end.

“Yeah, it’s tough, I had a fumble and everything, a couple of drops, and I just need to execute plays,” Gronkowski. “I can’t be having that. It hurts the team a lot, I need to be protecting the ball better. No doubt about that. It’s awesome that Tom came back to me, trusted my abilities, trusted me the whole game, kept throwing me passes.”

Despite all the bad stuff that went on in the game, Rob said there was no giving up or pointing fingers at any point in the game. The players stayed together.

“It wasn’t the end of the game, it was only the second half, we knew we were kind of making some plays, we just had to keep on executing and making plays,” he said. “You don’t want to panic because when you panic, nothing good happens, and we just stick to what our offense does, our game plan. Everyone on the offense was doing a great job: the O-linemen to the receivers, the running backs, the quarterback, everything went well from there.”

The Pats kicked it into gear and Rob says everything started to fall into place.

“It’s not as easy as it looks,” Gronkowski said. “It’s the NFL, those guys are out there, they are great players, you’ve got to work your butt off, you’ve got to be going full speed in order to execute in order to make plays. Overall, everyone just came together, chemistry, and worked hard, and things went rolling from the third quarter on.”

And it’s always better visiting with family after the game, when it comes after a win.

“It’s great coming home, friends and family, it’s great to give them that victory too, but I’m proud to be a New England Patriot,” he said.


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