FOXBORO -- The Patriots suffered a big blow in their Divisional Round matchup with the Texans when tight end Rob Gronkowski re-fractured the forearm that he first broke against the Colts on Nov.
FOXBORO -- We're just days away from playoff football in New England. The game is different. The speed is different. It's a one-game season.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick's response when asked to look ahead is usually predictable: We're just trying to get ready for the next opponent.
Not so, in Week 17.
FOXBORO -- All he has to do is stand at his locker and look his left to realize just how far he's come.
If you look up tackling numbers for Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, you'll see they look similar to those of 2011.
Total in 2011: 48
Total in 2012: 49