Rob Gronkowski and Vontaze Burfict are both players who could be described as explosive personalities. Tempers flared between the two during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Burfict put a target on his back earlier in the game when he undercut Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett away from the ball. Gronkowski took exception to the low blow and that’s when the war began.
Later in the fourth quarter, Gronkowski and Burfict exchanged words after Gronkowski hauled in a 29-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Players from both teams converged, but the referees eventually defused the situation before any flags were thrown.
The situation wasn’t settled for long, however. One play later, Tom Brady hit Gronkowski again on a 12-yard completion and Gronkowski wasn’t shy about letting Burfict know about it. Gronk was eventually flagged for a taunting penalty and the Patriots settled for a 31-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to extend their lead to 28-17.
Burfict has a reputation around the league as an occasionally dirty player. In fact, he was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown during Cincinnati’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.
It appears Gronk and the Pats will get the last laugh, however, as they are on their way to beating the Bengals and improving to 5-1 on the season.