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It’s just like old times for this dynamic duo.
A late, first-quarter touchdown from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski put Tampa Bay up 7-3 ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 2021, but the touchdown is even more shocking than it seems.
The pass was Brady’s first first-quarter touchdown in ten Super Bowl appearances.
“Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have now connected for 13 postseason touchdowns, the most by any two players in NFL history,” ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted. “Elite chemistry.”
“SUPER BOWL GRONK SPIKES ARE BACK,” NFL on ESPN tweeted.
“Now THAT was a vintage Tom Brady TD drive,” Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless tweeted. “Nobody’s ever done it better. Living legend, better than ever at 43, shattering the mold.”
The two connected for a second touchdown — this one from 17 yards out — to put Tampa Bay up 14-3 in second quarter. He joined Jerry Rice as the only two players in NFL history with multiple receiving touchdowns in multiple Super Bowls, according to NFL Research.
“Gronkowski (5) & Rice (8) are the only players with 5+ career receiving TD in the Super Bowl,” the NFL Research Twitter account added.
Brady, 43, has the most Super Bowl starts of any player in NFL history, leading John Elway (5) and Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly and Roger Staubach (4). He entered the game with the most all-time pass completions (256), passing yards (2,838), passing touchdowns (18) and wins (6) in a Super Bowl.
The longtime Patriot joined the Buccaneers this offseason via free agency after twenty years in New England. He and Gronkowski were teammates on the Patriots from 2010 through 2018 and won three Super Bowls together during that span.
Gronkowski, 31, briefly retired in 2019, but came out of retirement to reunite with Brady in Tampa Bay.
The internet also took this moment to take jabs at the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick.
“Does it count as a NE Super Bowl win if the only Bucs who score played most of their careers for the Patriots…….. #SuperBowl #SBLV #BigGameBound (pats fan crying over here),” ABC News’ Allie Berube tweeted.
“Players drafted by Bill Belichick have led touchdown drives in each of the last five Super Bowls,” Concord Monitor’s Dave Brown tweeted.
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