New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was held somewhat in check against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night as Seattle won 31-24, gaining 56 yards on three catches. That’s in part due to the massive games had by Martellus Bennett (102 yards) and Julian Edelman (99 yards), but also some credit must be given to the job done by the Seahawks’ secondary, specifically safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
Among those plays by Thomas was a hit on Gronk that left him stunned in the second quarter:
Earl Thomas with the BOOM on Gronk. pic.twitter.com/ySkzHW9aeM— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) November 14, 2016
Seattle fans remained quiet for a couple seconds after the play, praying that no (incorrect) flags were thrown for unnecessary roughness, and the pass fell incomplete.
Gronk got popped, love how Earl Thomas walks off LOL pic.twitter.com/Gic8yP9cgC— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 14, 2016
Gronkowski underwent concussion protocol and returned to the game for the second half, ultimately playing part in the final play as Chancellor covered him on 4th-and-goal to ensure the victory for the Seahawks. After the game, Gronkowski spoke very highly of Thomas, saying it was one of the hardest hits of his career and calling Earl a “missile.”
Rob Gronkowski on Earl Thomas hit: "Probably one of the hardest I got hit in my career, for sure...Good clean hit ...[he's] like a missile."— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 14, 2016
Thomas weighs about 60 pounds less than Gronkowski, but it certainly didn’t show there. He’s clearly made of some of the densest known material on our planet.
Earl Thomas is half the size of Rob Gronkowski ... he's made out of Platinum.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) November 14, 2016