Gronkowski and Chancellor set for epic battle

Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:18pm EST
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By Simon Evans

PHOENIX (Reuters) - There will be no shortage of fascinating match-ups in Sunday’s Super Bowl but the clash between New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor could be the most crucial.

Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season with his power and positional astuteness making him quarterback Tom Brady’s go-to option.

But on Sunday he will be up against an opponent who matches him for physicality and athleticism.

Asked what the first collision between the pair will be like, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said, “It’s going to be loud. Two big, strong men - - I think that’s what football is about. I think a lot of people are looking forward to that.”

Chancellor is one of the standout members of Seattle’s league-best defense but he knows he is in for a busy night against Gronkowski.

“That’s their playmaker, that’s their go-to guy. They’re definitely going to try and target him a lot, try to get him the ball,” said Chancellor, who brings strength and speed to the secondary.

Gronkowski is one of the biggest tight ends in the league at 6 foot 6 and 225 pounds but Chancellor says he is ready.

“He’s a tight end for a reason. He was blessed with that size, that speed and that ability.   Continued...

Jan 28, 2015; Chandler, AZ, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) answers questions during a press conference at Chandler Wild Horse Pass. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports