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Look no further than Gronkowski’s first catch. He caught a short out from Brady, then broke away from attempted tackles by Doughty and fellow safety DeJon Gomes next to the sideline, while somehow managing to say inbounds. A few feet away, cornerback DeAngelo Hall stood, watched and didn’t intervene.

Then Gronkowski sped along the sideline for his record-breaking touchdown.

“We both hit. We both wrapped,” Doughty said. “I think I kind of hit him a little bit and knocked him off. I think we both thought he stepped out of bounds. He made a good play. He’s a big guy. I told [Gomes] that can’t happen.”

Left behind were the chances the Redskins‘ defense gave the team to win, such as Wilson’s fourth-quarter interception of Brady in the back of the end zone. So, the Redskins were left praising Gronkowski’s route-running, his size, his strength, his speed and, well, everything.

“I’m glad we were able to keep it to a minimum,” Wilson said, “if you call that a minimum.”