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In three completely different seasons, Baltimore Ravens security Bernard Pollard has made a major influence on the New England Patriots’ Tremendous Bowl hopes.
Pollard’s team-high 12 tackles throughout Sunday’s AFC Championship Sport had been overshadowed by one play he made on the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, a play that left the All-Professional tight finish’s left ankle critically injured.
In the course of the third quarter of New England’s 23-20 victory, Gronkowski hauled in a go from quarterback Tom Brady and was awkwardly pulled to the bottom by Pollard. The 16-yard catch quickly turned irrelevant for Pats followers as soon as they realized that No. 87 wasn’t getting up.
Immediately, horrible flashbacks infiltrated the minds of Patriots Nation.
In recent times, a number of devastating accidents have minimize promising seasons for the Patriots brief. Who was it that contributed to all of the horrible anguish?
It was Pollard who hit Tom Brady within the knee when he was a member of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in 2008. On that play in the course of the season opener 4 years in the past, Brady tore his ACL and MCL, collectively ending the season for each him and the Patriots.
In a Week 17 recreation between the Patriots and the Houston Texans in the course of the 2009-2010 NFL season, Pollard was taking part in for the Texans. When Pats receiver Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL, who was it that tackled him?
These three accidents over the previous 4 years have given Pollard the nickname “Patriots Killer.”
After limping off to the locker room throughout Sunday’s recreation versus the Ravens, Gronkowski stunned everybody when he returned within the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the Arizona alum didn’t document one other catch.
In keeping with Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald, Gronkowski’s left ankle has ligament harm, and the tight finish is carrying an ankle boot. Regardless of the severity of the harm, Gronkowski has two weeks to recuperate, and ought to be able to play for the Lombardi Trophy.
“I will take it daily and the whole lot, and clearly attempt to get again onto the sector as quick as attainable,” a resilient Gronkowski stated after Sunday’s win.
However, Pollard has put a dent in one other season for the Pats and is formally thought-about a pariah in New England.
Pollard spoke on KILT, a Houston discuss radio present, and appeared unfazed by his status as a “Patriots Killer.”
“That is superb and dandy. It is a part of the sport,” he stated. “When you do not prefer it, so what? I’m going to go on the market and I’ll play me.”
When the Patriots face the New York Giants in Indianapolis for Tremendous Bowl XLV, Gronkowski’s ankle will play a pivotal position within the recreation. In the event that they win, perhaps Pollard’s stigma will disappear. In the event that they lose, the infamy will stay on.
Who’s Pollard rooting for?
“I hope the Giants put a thrashing on the Patriots, I actually do,” Pollard stated.
Maybe the three accidents are a coincidence, however Pollard’s robust dislike for New England actually just isn’t.