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Rob Gronkowski praises Gillette Stadium crowd for 'going ham up in the stands'

Ryan Hannable
October 23, 2017 - 2:05 am

FOXBORO -- Even before kickoff Sunday night, it was clear Patriots fans were going to be into the game from the start.

Night games typically bring better atmospheres and it was no different against the Falcons when Gillette Stadium was as loud as it has been in years following big plays in the Patriots' 23-7 win over the Falcons.

"The energy in the crowd tonight was up there," tight end Rob Gronkowski said. "It’s always great when we’ve got our home crowd just going ham up in the stands."

Gronkowski finished the game with three catches for 51 yards, but his biggest play may have came in the blocking game when Brandin Cooks caught a very short pass from Tom Brady on a play very similar to a jet-sweep in the second quarter. He used his tight end as his lead blocker for what turned out to be a 11-yard touchdown and the first score of the game.

"Just make a little move on the D-end, like I’m going inside, I run around and just go get the outside guy, go block him," Gronkowski said. "What’s funny is Cooks is a lot faster than me. He caught right up to me and was like hiding behind me. I heard him at like the 2-yard line and he was like, ‘Go Rob, go!’ I had the little block and he made it into the end zone, so it was a great play by him."

The win was the Patriots' most complete game of the entire season and certainly something to build on.

"Just overall, we played a great game," Gronkowski said. "It was a great team win and it was a big win tonight."

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