The New England Patriots have suffered their second defeat of the season and it came at a very costly price.
Not only did they lose 31-24 in a rematch from Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, but they may have also lost their star receiver.
A big loss
Star tight end Rob Gronkowski has been having a very impressive year despite only really starting his season in week five.
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It appears that a big hit on Gronkowski by Seahawks' safety Earl Thomas is now set to sideline Tom Brady's favourite target for next week's match.
Gronk took the hit from Thomas and was then taken to the sideline to be evaluated - missing the next five plays.
He soon returned to the game and when speaking about the hit in a press conference later on, he was filled with admiration for it.
""That was a big hit -- probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career, for sure," - Gronkowski on the hit that injured him
The Patriots visit the 1-9 San Francisco 49ers next week so the fans will surely be confident that the absence of Gronk won't be too damaging to their chances.
New England will surely want to return to winning ways next week as the loss to Seattle saw them fail to move ahead of a very challenging AFC conference.
The Patriots are now 7-2 - a record they share with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs atop of the conference.
New England are aiming for the #1 overall seed and a match up next week against the 49ers will certainly be a welcome one.
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