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Patriots 35, Bengals 17

Brady, Gronk back and looking lethal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady had just finished his postgame news conference Sunday when he stepped off the podium and was greeted by a familiar grin and outstretched hand.

A few seconds later, Rob Gronkowski grasped his quarterback's hand and pulled him in for an embrace.

"Good job, man," Gronkowski said as Brady patted his sure-handed tight end on the back.

It was a moment a long time coming for the Patriots.

Brady sat out the first month of this season to serve his Deflategate suspension, and Gronkowski had a mostly secondary role while shaking off a hamstring injury.

But in routing the Bengals, New England's stars were showcased on a day that was reminiscent of some of their best performances together.

"It's good to be 5-1," Brady said. "I think we're at a decent place, so we've just got to keep stringing these things together. There's a ton of football left."

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