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Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

The New England Patriots were lucky to have one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history in Rob Gronkowski for nine years, and at one point, another legendary player at the position nearly joined the roster.

That's right, Hall of Fame tight end and current FOX Sports NFL analyst Tony Gonzalez revealed Sunday in a behind-the-scenes video that joining Gronkowski in New England "almost happened." Gonzalez didn't specify when the move could have occurred, but it does create a pretty interesting "what if?" scenario for fans to wonder about.

Check out the exchange between Gonzalez and hist FOX Sports colleague Gronkowski in the tweet below:

Gonzalez was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and played with them for 12 seasons before joining the Atlanta Falcons for the final six years of his career. He retired after the 2013 season and is currently No. 3 on the league's career receptions leaderboard with 1,325 over 17 seasons.

Gronkowski had a shorter career than Gonzalez due to injuries and retired in March, but he arguably was the most dominant tight end we've ever seen. Gronk tallied 79 touchdown receptions in 115 career regular season games, and his postseason résumé (which includes three Super Bowl titles) is quite impressive, too.

A Gronkowski-Gonzalez combo would have been really fun, especially with Tom Brady at quarterback, and maybe the Patriots would have won another Super Bowl if Gonzalez had come to Foxboro.

The only question now is if Gronkowski will put his retirement on hold and return to the Patriots this season. On Sunday morning, he teased a "big announcement" coming Tuesday.

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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots don't lose at home very often. Don't believe me? Just take a look at couple of remarkable stats.

According to CLNS Media's Evan Lazar, the Patriots are undefeated at home with both Julian Edelman and Tom Brady in the lineup.

Additionally, the Patriots hold a remarkable record against sub-25-year-old quarterbacks at home for the better part of the past two decades.

Here's a look at the exact numbers, per Lazar.

Safe to say, these stats would seemingly indicate that the Patriots should be favored to beat the Chiefs. And they point to the massive homefield advantage that the Patriots hold playing at Foxboro.

While all trends are meant to be broken, the Chiefs are going to be fighting an uphill battle on Sunday, especially after they left some of their equipment on a flight to Newark and had to scramble to get it to Foxboro ahead of the game.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

An important member of the New England Patriots defense will return Sunday after missing the last two games.

Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty is back to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. McCourty's return from a groin injury comes at the perfect time for New England as it prepares to face arguably the best quarterback in the league in Patrick Mahomes, who on the AP NFL MVP award last season.

There aren't any surpise inactives for the Patriots entering Week 14. Veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu will both play despite being on the injury report as limited participants in practice all week.

The Chiefs will be without running backs Damien Williams (inactive) and Darrel Williams (injured reserve). Kansas City likely will use running back Darwin Thompson quite a bit against the Patriots run defense. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark will play despite being questionable after missing two practices this week.

The outcome of this game will have a huge impact on the AFC playoff picture. The Patriots are trying to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the conference's No. 1 seed, while the Chiefs are aiming to strengthen their hold on first place in the AFC West and also improve their chances of earning a top two seed.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

Cody Kessler, QB
Damien Harris, RB
Ryan Izzo, TE
Ted Karras, C
Korey Cunningham, OL
Byron Cowart, DL
JoeJuan Williams, CB

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

Chad Henne, QB
Damien Williams, RB
Jackson Barton, OL
Nick Allegretti, OL
Deon Yelder, TE
Morris Claiborne, CB
Rashad Fenton, CB

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