Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiverJulian Edelman
(11) celebrates with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 35-31. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
1. Rob Gronkowski’s 13.6 Yards Per Catch
The Patriots have themselves a game changing talent in tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk as Patriots fans affectionately call him, is averaging 13.6 yards per reception in the playoffs.
The Seahawks seem most equipped to stop Gronkowski, but if they cannot the Patriots have a major advantage. The Patriots receivers figure to be slowed down dramatically by the Seahawks terrific cornerbacks. Gronkowski may be the one man, they cannot stop.
In the Seahawks loss to the San Diego Chargers, tight end Antonio Gates had 3 touchdown passes and 96 yards. So it is not unthinkable that the Patriots tight end could put together a similar performance. If he does it will mean Super Bowl glory for the Patriots.