Rob Gronkowski victim of cheap shot by Jaguars? NFL reaction

Charles Krupa  AP

Charles Krupa AP

The New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LII after their awesome come from behind 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. But the Jacksonville defense has come to play with a berth in Super Bowl LII on the line, and now (barring something unforeseen) they don't have to worry about taking away "Gronk" in the second half.

It's worth noting the Patriots made their run to a Super Bowl win last postseason when Gronkowski was injured, so they have proven they can function this time of the year without him.

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Gronkowski took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church on an incomplete pass.

While head injuries are impossible to predict, the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reported that there's early optimism to Gronkowski's availability for the Super Bowl, which will be played on February 4.

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The referees called ONE penalty on the Patriots the entire game.

Fortunately for Gronkowski and the Patriots, they have the bye week between now and the Super Bowl.

He had been part of the Patriots' first 26 offensive snaps of the game.

As the best weapon the team has, the Patriots were able to overcome a large deficit and still come back to defeat the Jaguars.

Tom Brady floated a ball to Gronkowski down the seam of the field. Hopefully, he's OK. It's a tough shot he took. They can either aim high and risk making helmet-to-helmet contact, or they can go low and risk seriously injuring an opponent's legs.

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