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Rob Gronkowski blitzes Steelers with 2 first-half scores

Gronk is back and looking as good as the All-Pro tight end has ever looked.

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The New England Patriots were quick to flex their muscles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first regular-season game of 2015.

Well, it was mostly Rob Gronkowski doing the flexing as he abused the Steelers defense in the first half. He scored the first and second touchdowns of the 2015 season and helped give the defending Super Bowl champs an early 14-0 lead.

The first came on a busted coverage after the Patriots ran the hurry-up offense to perfection to catch Pittsburgh off guard:

The second score was more typical Gronk simply going up and getting a ball only he could get as he scored over two defensive backs:

Those two scores helped give New England a 14-0 lead toward the end of the first half. More importantly, football is back in our lives.