In the Patriots thrilling 43-40 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, tight end Rob Gronkowski recorded his 500th career reception. The catch was a huge one of course, a 39-yarder to set-up the game-winning field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
Gronk is the 17th tight end to amass 500 career receptions.
- Tony Gonzalez - 1,325
- Jason Witten - 1,152
- Antonio Gates - 936*
- Shannon Sharpe - 815
- Ozzie Newsome - 662
- Greg Olsen - 641*
- Keith Byars - 610
- Heath Miller - 592
- Harold Carmichael - 590
- Jimmy Graham - 578*
- Vernon Davis - 554*
- Jeremy Shockey - 547
- Kellen Winslow - 541
- Ben Watson - 512*
- Dallas Clark - 505
- Frank Wycheck - 505
- Rob Gronkowski - 500*
* = active
As far as tight ends go, Gronk is 1st overall in yards per game, 4th in TD's (77), and 10th in yards. Gronkowski is 4th all-time for the Patriots in career receptions, behind Wes Welker (672), Troy Brown (557) and Stanley Morgan (534).
We've been having some trouble arranging prop bets lately here in Boston.
First, it was Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker firing up the crowd at last fall's World Series victory parade and announcing that California Governor Jerry Brown "never got back to us" about a prop bet, perhaps because "Maybe they knew what was going to happen."
Now, it seems Kansas City Mayor Sly James -- no stranger to the friendly poilitican's prop bet, between the recent championship runs for the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC -- is having trouble getting a return volley from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Any sort of BBQ-for-chowder arrangement won't be coming from the Mayor's office, James told reporters at a press conference Thursday, claiming, "Marty doesn't bet on games because every time Marty makes a bet they lose."
"So I tried to talk Marty into making another bet," he continued. "He wouldn't do it."
After assuming office in January 2014, Walsh indeed lost his first two prop bets with other Mayors -- the 2014 AFC Championship won by the Denver Broncos, and a Stanley Cup Playoff series between the bitter rivals Boston Bruins and Monteal Canadiens. He hasn't made one since.
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