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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski connect for 90th regular-season touchdown, second-most all-time of any duo

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When Tom Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he brought along an old friend in tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has proven to be an incredible addition, as he scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl LV last season, and is having an even better regular season campaign in 2021. 

On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Brady and Gronk connected for their 90th regular-season touchdown. That ranks second-most by any duo in NFL history, per ESPN’s Field Yates, and they are now only behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison — who connected for 112 regular-season scores. 

Gronkowski scored two touchdowns to reach this mark on Sunday, as he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brady in the second quarter, and then an 11-yard score in the third quarter. The future Pro Football Hall of Famer is starting to heat up, as he caught seven passes for a season-high 123 yards against the Indianapolis Colts last week. Gronk came into Sunday averaging 63 yards receiving per game compared to 38.9 from last year, and he has now scored six touchdowns in seven games played.

“The biggest difference is just feeling comfortable,” Gronkowski told CBS Sports about his second season in Tampa. “Just knowing the playbook, knowing how everything works, knowing all my teammates. You just got a lot better feel than just stepping right in last year and getting to meet everyone, learning the playbook during training camp. So it just feels so much more comfortable this year with overall everything.”

As for Brady, he’s playing solid ball as well, and is one of the favorites to win NFL MVP at the ripe age of 44. 

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