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Nancy Lane | Boston Herald

Tom Brady’s record book keeps expanding.

In a game with huge playoff implications, the New England Patriots quarterback orchestrated his 53rd comeback from a fourth-quarter deficit, landing him at second place all-time.

The Patriots outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in a score of 27-24, to propel them to the top spot in the AFC. The win also helped the Patriots clinch their ninth straight AFC East title, and 14th out of the last 15 years.

These honors are thanks in part to a huge game-winning drive by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

With New England taking over at the 23-yard line with 2:06 remaining, Brady and Gronk marched the Patriots down the field for a touchdown and two-point conversion.

“You kind of run out of ways to describe the guy,” Matthew Slater said of Brady. “When the guy is under pressure, he just doesn’t flinch – year after year, situation after situation, in big moments. That’s not something you can coach. That’s not something you can prepare for. You got it or you don’t. And he certainly has it.”

As for Gronkowski - who made his return very known after a one-game suspension – the tight end totaled a career-high 168 receiving yards. This was the 26th time in his eight-year career that he’s totaled 100 yards receiving. The only tight end with more 100-yard games in a career is Tony Gonzalez with 31. Stanley Morgan and Wes Welker are the only two in Patriots history ahead of Gronk with more 100-yard receiving games, with 38 and 28 respectively.

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Megan Carnahan 12/18/2017 09:35:00 AM Edit
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