Gronkowski left Gillette Stadium in a walking boot following the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Ravens in the 2012 AFC Championship Game on Sunday. He injured his ankle when Baltimore defender Bernard Pollard rolled up on him while making a tackle. The injury looked gruesome when television cameras showed the replay.
But a source tells the Boston Herald that Gronkowski will be “ready to go” in two weeks when the Patriots take on the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The tight end posted 17 touchdowns this season while hauling in 90 receptions for 1,327 yards. To lose him would obviously be quite a blow to the Patriots’ offense.
Oddsmakers have installed the Patriots as 3-point favorites over the Giants for this year’s Super Bowl, while the over/under total opened at 55 points. The Giants covered outright as a 12.5-point underdog four years ago when they beat the Patriots 17-14 in the 2008 Super Bowl, and also knocked off New England 24-20 in Week 9 of the 2011 regular season as well.
According to latest NFL trends, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams in New England and 4-1 in the last five meetings overall. The Giants are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games versus the Patriots while the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!