How the New England Patriots' Offense Can Thrive Without Rob Gronkowski

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How the New England Patriots' Offense Can Thrive Without Rob Gronkowski
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How can Tom Brady and the rest of New England's offense minimize the absence of Rob Gronkowski?

The New England Patriots are moving on to the AFC Championship Game to face the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

But star tight end Rob Gronkowski won't be a part of the action.

The two-time Pro Bowler broke another bone in his left forearm against the Houston Texans in the Patriots divisional round win. He had season-ending surgery to repair the damage on Monday, as reported by Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com.

Even though Gronkowski's campaign is over, New England's is anything but.

After No. 87 suffered the initial break in Week 11, the Patriots went 4-1 in his absence. And if head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can make the necessary offensive adjustments versus the Ravens, that Gronkowski-less record will improve by one win.

Here is how New England's offense can continue to excel without the help of Gronkowski.

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