Still, he was an offensive player for the Patriots, meaning he was not on the field at the time.
Naturally, as was the case with James in the Steelers' loss last week and Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss in October, seemingly every non-New England fan promptly fired up Twitter to air their grievances after the latest was-it-a-catch-or-not play.
On a day when the Patriots didn't play their best and the officials overturned an apparent touchdown catch by Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin at the end of the second quarter, some could call it an early Christmas gift.
National Football League vice president of officiating Al Riveron said in a Twitter post Benjamin was juggling the ball and only got one of his feet down before completing the catch.
While it appeared Kelvin Benjamin had two feet down in bounds, the officials determing Benjamin did not have control of the ball.
Benjamin said he thought it was a catch. "I think the thing on the turf is always when the foot drags, you usually see the pebbles. Therefore, it is an incomplete pass".More news: Idol Worship: Lakers Raise Kobe Bryant's Jerseys to Rafters in Raucous Ceremony
"It was clear and obvious that he did not have control of the ball until he brought it all the way down into his chest", referee Craig Wrolstad told a pool reporter after the game.
The Bills were forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal as the half expired.
Then in the third quarter, which is when the game decisively turned in the Patriots' favor, Gronkowski drew a 29-yard pass-interference penalty on safety Trae Elston in the end zone to set up a Mike Gillislee 1-yard touchdown run, giving New England a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Dion Lewis (Pitt) carried 24 times for career-high 129 yards and scored a rushing and receiving touchdown.
"It was a great catch, spectacular", quarterback Tom Brady said. That's more than he has had against any other opponent. "And you kind of remember it still", Gronkowski said. So, I'm probably a little biased, but they weren't too happy.