FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are getting plenty of attention going into Sunday's AFC championship game.
But the Baltimore Ravens can't let their guard down against Wes Welker, who led the NFL in catches and yards receiving this season. In Sunday's 45-10 divisional playoff win over the Denver Broncos, Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes, Hernandez caught one and had a 43-yard run, and Welker had one scoring catch.
As this season has progressed, the reputations of Gronkowski and Hernandez have grown as they've built on rookie years that gave a glimpse of their multiple talents when they combined for 87 receptions and 16 touchdowns. Their totals this year are 169 catches and 24 scores.