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Rob Gronkowski sets record for most passing yards from Tom Brady

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski was an ironman in the New England Patriots' 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, playing all 70 offensive snaps. In the process, he climbed up the franchise all-time charts in two categories.

Finishing the game with four receptions for 80 yards, Gronkowski moved past Wes Welker (6,300) to have the most-ever receiving yards from quarterback Tom Brady, with 6,338. He had needed 43 yards entering the game.

Also, Gronkowski passed Troy Brown and is now in third on the Patriots' all-time receiving list with 6,413 yards. He entered the game 34 yards behind Brown and passed him on a 43-yard play in the second quarter.

Gronkowski, as one would expect, was more focused on the outcome than his personal milestones. There was disappointment.

"We had two great drives in the fourth quarter, but we have to be doing that the whole game," he said.

Gronkowski's whole-game effort is the springboard for this week's snap-count analysis:

Offense: 70

Defense: 63

TIGHT END

Rob Gronkowski -- 70

Dwayne Allen -- 9

Jacob Hollister -- 3

As the numbers show, the Patriots didn't run many multiple-tight-end groupings, preferring instead to go with more of a three-receiver attack. Allen was open on an underthrown pass early in the third quarter, as he has now been targeted six times this season without a catch.

RUNNING BACK

James White -- 43

Mike Gillislee -- 18

Dion Lewis -- 14

The heavier usage of White reflects how the Patriots were in more of a pass-first approach, with White targeted 12 times and finishing with 10 catches for 47 yards. There wasn't much production after the catch for White. The Patriots ran five plays with both White and Lewis on the field together.

FULLBACK

James Develin -- 16

Short-yardage running was one of the bright spots, which generally reflects well on Develin, who also chipped in with two receptions for 14 yards.

WIDE RECEIVER

Chris Hogan -- 68

Brandin Cooks -- 64

Danny Amendola -- 36

Phillip Dorsett -- 9

The playing time is a snapshot of the depth chart, with Hogan and Cooks in the No. 1 and 2 spots, and Amendola the clutch third option. Dorsett has been used sparingly the past two games since Amendola's return from a concussion.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LT Nate Solder -- 70

LG Joe Thuney -- 70

C David Andrews -- 70

RG Shaq Mason -- 70

RT Marcus Cannon -- 70

Cannon returned from missing a game and had some trouble with Julius Peppers, but this seemed to be Solder's most consistent performance.

QUARTERBACK

Tom Brady -- 70

He didn’t seem to have his trademark accuracy at various points of the game, but was still more than good enough to win (if the defense could have stiffened) in his 239th career start, which ties Fran Tarkenton for fourth place all-time among quarterbacks. Brett Favre (298), Peyton Manning (265) and Dan Marino (240) top the charts.

CORNERBACK

Malcolm Butler -- 63

Stephon Gilmore -- 62

Eric Rowe -- 19

Jonathan Jones -- 18

When the second half began, Gilmore was kept on the sideline in the base defense, with the coaching staff electing to play Rowe in his place. That could have been a bigger storyline had Rowe not injured his groin on the first play, with Gilmore summoned back to the field.

SAFETY

Devin McCourty -- 63

Duron Harmon -- 55

Patrick Chung -- 34

Jordan Richards -- 1

Chung has been used in more of a situational/package-specific role since he had some struggles in Week 2 against the Saints. He has traditionally been a player who seldom, if ever, comes off the field.

LINEBACKER

Kyle Van Noy -- 63

Elandon Roberts -- 33

Marquis Flowers -- 22

When Roberts left the game in the second half with an ankle injury, it thrust Flowers -- who was acquired in an early September trade from the Bengals -- into the defensive rotation. Veteran David Harris was inactive; if Roberts misses time, perhaps that leads to Harris' return to the game-day roster.

DEFENSIVE END

Trey Flowers -- 63

Dont'a Hightower -- 37

Deatrich Wise Jr. -- 25

Cassius Marsh -- 18

Hightower, who missed two games with a knee injury, was eased into the mix as part of the base defense and then summoned in obvious passing situations. He showed up with a sack in the fourth quarter.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Malcom Brown -- 48

Lawrence Guy -- 46

Alan Branch -- 12

Adam Butler -- 11

Branch, who at one point in 2016 was called the team's most consistent interior defensive linemen, has slipped behind Brown and Guy on the depth chart.