Rob Gronkowski breaks out of brief swoon with 115-yard day
Even as controversial teammate Antonio Brown was completing his bizarre vanishing act as a Buc, Rob Gronkowski reappeared. Mired in a mini-funk (three catches, 52 yards in the previous two games), Gronkowski responded with seven catches for 115 yards - his second-best effort of the year in both categories - in his team's 28-24 come-from-behind triumph.

The effort was his 31st career game of at least 100 receiving yards, tying Tony Gonzalez for the most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Coach Bruce Arians said a respite from the bay area heat (kickoff temperature at MetLife Stadium was 57 degrees) and some favorable matchups with linebackers contributed to Gronkowski's prosperous afternoon.

Gronk's take: "We were on the same page," he said. "As players, we've got to step up. There's a lot of great plays last week that a lot of players stepped up into their role (to make), and this week I just had a lot more opportunities to go out there and make some plays. You just never know how the game of football's going to work."

Injury update
After a chaotic morning of travel resulting in his arrival to the stadium only minutes before kickoff, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was shaken up late in the first half and didn't return.

The nature of Murphy-Bunting's injury wasn't specified. He was joined on the sideline in the second half by Ronald Jones, who sustained an ankle injury after gaining 26 yards on 10 carries. Partially wincing his way through all 60 minutes was Arians, who acknowledged afterward that the Achilles he has been favoring for weeks is "50 percent torn." "But I'm fighting my ass off not to have any kind of surgery, I promise you that," he said.

Joey Knight, The Tampa Times, published 3 January 2022