VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Breaks Tackles, Redskins Defense On Long Catch-And-Run

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has broken out as one of the NFL's best tight ends and most exciting offensive players in 2011 as Tom Brady's go-to tight end. Plays like the nutty catch-and-run he had in the first quarter against the Redskins in Week 14 are part of why everyone seems to love the guy many call Gronk.

Gronkowski made a catch while falling down, got back up, broke two tackles, and rumbled all the way to the Redskins' 11. After a replay review, it was confirmed that Gronkowski was neither down by contact nor out of bounds at any point of the run.

Better yet for Gronkowski: he caught a touchdown pass on the next play to score his 14th touchdown of the season, setting a new NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end in a single season.

For more on Gronkowski and New England, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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