The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 41-17 to end the regular season in the NFL.
Rob Gronkowski, the tight end, came into this game with the goal of accumulating the yardage required to earn two $500,000 performance bonuses. He had 48 catches and 665 receiving yards into the game, and he needed seven catches and 85 yards to win the extra cash.
Coach Bruce Arians wanted to bring out all of the starters when the reigning champions led 31-17, but Brady reportedly refused to come out because his good friend was missing a catch for one of the extras.
At the conclusion of the day, “Gronk” had seven receptions for 137 yards, resulting in further funds being deposited into his account.