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Rob Gronkowski returns: Tight end's incredible combination with Tom Brady in numbers

  • With the help of Stats Perform data, we look at Tom Brady's combination with Rob Gronkowski.
Modified 22 Apr 2020, 07:54 IST
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are reuniting at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronkowski, 30, is coming out of retirement and his trade from the New England Patriots to the Buccaneers was confirmed on Tuesday.

The tight end formed an incredible combination with Brady during their time with the Patriots, where they won three Super Bowls together.

With the help of Stats Perform data, we look at some of the statistics to assess the star duo.

No topping Brady and Gronkowski in playoffs

Brady threw 90 TD passes to Gronkowski while they were together at New England. That ranks equal third all-time and is tied for the most among QB-TE duos, alongside Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.

When it came to the postseason alone, though, there is no topping Brady and Gronkowski. Brady's 12 TD passes to Gronkowski in the playoffs is the equal most all-time alongside Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.


A closer look at their combination

Brady's career completion rate in the regular season is 63.8 per cent, but sits at 65.7 to Gronkowski. In the postseason, Brady has a 63 per cent completion rate and 62.3 to the tight end.

Of his 74,571 regular-season passing yards, 7,786 have gone to Gronkowski. The numbers are similar in the postseason with 1,163 of 11,388 yards going to Gronkowski.

Brady has thrown 541 touchdowns in the regular season, with 78 – more than 14 per cent – to Gronkowski. That rises to more than 16 per cent in the playoffs with 12 of 73 TDs.

Published 22 Apr 2020, 07:54 IST
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