On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons meant a little more to quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. The duo hooked up for two touchdowns, the 89th and 90th time they had done so in the regular season in their time together as teammates.
They are now second all-time in NFL history for regular-season touchdown connections, trailing only Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, who did it 112 times when the two were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts. The second one on Sunday in Atlanta allowed Brady and Gronk to pass Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates for second on this list.
For the season, Brady leads the NFL in passing yards (3,771) and touchdowns (34), making a case for him to win his fourth MVP award. Despite missing five games due to various injuries, Gronkowski is third on the Buccaneers in receiving yards (436) and second in touchdowns (six). The defending Super Bowl champions are 9-3 with a comfortable four-game lead in the NFC South.