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Rob Gronkowski making major impact

Patriots tight end scoring touchdowns at record clip, becoming New England folk hero

Updated: November 22, 2011, 12:12 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was nothing subtle about the hit. It was designed to upend, undercut, undermine, undo. When Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson hurtled himself at Rob Gronkowski's hip and knees, he intended to negate the seemingly indestructible tight end -- or, at the very least, slow him down.

"I was trying to cut him, get him out of bounds," Johnson explained. "I was trying to stop a score."

Good luck with that.

Johnson ...

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