* Gronk catch ball, Gronk set record: Rob Gronkowski had his 14th and 15th touchdown catches of the season on Sunday, setting an NFL record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end. Gronkowski’s first touchdown was his league-leading 11th of the season on passes thrown into the end zone. No other receiver has more than six. Gronkowski gained 34 yards after catch on his second touchdown, 30 of which came after contact. Overall, Gronkowski posted season-high totals with 120 yards after catch and 83 yards after contact on Sunday.
* Brady took what Redskins gave: Tom Brady threw for season highs with 300 yards and three touchdowns over the middle of the field. Brady’s success over the middle offset his problems outside the numbers, as Brady’s 57 yards were a season low.
* Grossman handles pressure well: Rex Grossman completed 7-of-12 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown against at least five pass rushers. When the Patriots got creative, Grossman was especially productive, completing all three pass attempts for 75 yards and a touchdown against secondary pressure.
* Rare end-zone mistake: Tom Brady threw his second interception of the season on a pass into the end zone Sunday against the Redskins. Brady entered Week 14 with the second-best TD-Int differential (+16) in the NFL on passes into the end zone, behind only Aaron Rodgers (+20).
--Compiled by John Parolin