TE Tony Gonzalez - Free Agent
|6-4, 244||Born: 2-27-1976||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13 (1997)|
2013 Week 1 vs NO (6 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
The veteran didn't look any different than he has for the past few seasons. He scored in the first half on a pivot route breaking inside-out that ended with Gonzalez slipping inside the linebacker dropping to cover on the outside break while Matt Ryan rolled away from the blitz. This was the typical basketball movement where Gonzalez excels with a quarterback willing to target him in a tight area. The Atlanta tight end also made two nice plays in the flats underneath the zone. However, the biggest play was one where the oldest player on the field couldn't make against the youngest: a fourth and goal pass in the end zone. Gonzalez was open long enough for Ryan to hit the tight end over the middle but as the ball arrived, rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro got his fingertips on the pass just before reaching the tight end's hands. This tip altered the trajectory enough for Gonzalez to tip the pass into the air and the Saints made the game-sealing interception.
2013 Week 2 vs STL (8 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez made a couple of nice plays in this game, including an out for 11 yards on third-and-even during the first drive of the game. he also got a first down with 18 seconds in the first half to set up an Atlanta field gaol. However, middle linebacker James Laurinitis may have effectively neutralized Gonzalez in this game by his lobbying of the referees after one first-half reception that featured the veteran pushing off before the reception. Later in the half, Gonzalez had a leaping reception for an 11-yard gain called back due to a pass interference foul. At that point, the Falcons offensive line and Rams coverage limited Gonzalez's targets.
2013 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The tight end had three consecutive catches on the initial drive, all against Miami's linebackers in tight coverage. He beat Phillip Wheeler once and Daniel Ellerbe twice and two of the three were for first downs. He later earned a first down on a diving catch and hit his head on the turf while falling for the first down. He missed a few plays, but returned the next series and there was no concussion protocol instituted at the sideline. His one target in the end zone was in the fourth quarter on a post route, but Matt Ryan overthrew the target while under pressure.
2013 Week 4 vs NE (14 / 12 / 149 / 2 rec)
The Falcons did an excellent job of using Roddy White to clear space for Gonzalez underneath on flat and hook routes in the shallow zone. Additionally, White's increased ability to accelerate and earn targets on vertical routes opened the field for Matt Ryan to target Gonzalez on seam routes. Gonzalez made a fine catch up the seam over LB Jerod Mayo in trail coverage and a defensive back outside. Gonzalez scored the first time on a nine-yard rook at the sideline that he turned inside the defensive back and gained another 12 to the end zone. Later, Gonzalez gained 22 on a 1st and 20 seam route with 4:40 left before scoring on the following play. The second touchdown was a great display of defeating the jam and then breaking to the corner. He then earned 10 yards between two defenders with 3:30 left. At this point, the Patriots had enough and double-teamed the tight end at the line of scrimmage as if he were a gunner on punt coverage. This was especially effective in the red zone on the final drive and forced Matt Ryan to look elsewhere. Overall, Gonzalez looked just like he has all year. The difference is that he earned targets he hasn't seen until this week.
2013 Week 5 vs NYJ (14 / 10 / 97 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez riddled the Jets' secondary on short routes against linebackers in tight coverage and intermediate routes between the Cover-2 looks that the Jets employed on certain downs. When Gonzalez caught the ball without a defender draped on him like a blanket, he managed to make the first defender miss with a short burst or intial move. Jets linebacker David Harris often had strong coverage on Gonzalez that would have foiled most tight ends, but the Falcons' future Hall of Famer is so quick with his breaks and reliable against contact that Gonzalez doesn't require any separation from a defender as long as he's facing the quarterback. The Jets did manage to foil Gonzalez in the red zone by borrowing a page from the Patriots' playbook last week and double-teamed the tight end with two, and sometimes three, defenders at the line of scrimmage. This physical style of play forced Matt Ryan to look elsewhere because the Falcons' tight end had to push two defenders five yards down field to even earn consideration or a defensive holding or pass interference call and by the time he got that far down field, Ryan had to release the ball somewhere else. Still, Gonzalez did draw a couple of penalties late in the game that helped the Falcons earn second and third chances in the red zone. The veteran tight end also made a key block in an unbalanced set to spring Jacquizz Rodgers for a third-quarter touchdown off left end and the Jets' attention in the red zone passing plays earned Gonzalez's rookie counterpart Levine Toilolo single coverage on a three-yard score that temporarily gave Atlanta a one-point lead late in the game. Between the 20s, Gonzalez is unstoppable. Inside the 20, opposing defenses would be wise to adopt the double and triple teams at the line of scrimmage until Atlanta can prove it has another reliable weapon in this range of the field.
2013 Week 7 vs TB (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Atlanta was aggressive with its screen and seam game to running back Jacquizz Rodgers and receiver Harry Douglas. As a result, Gonzalez only saw two targets. The first was a fine catch over Mason Foster on a seam route during the third drive of the game. Gonzalez caught the ball on the move behind the defender and gained 25 yards on the play. In the second half, Gonzalez made multiple defenders miss in the right flat to get inside the Buccaneers' 15 in the early fourth quarter on a dump-off. While it would make sense that with Roddy White and Julio Jones not in the lineup that Tampa Bay would double-team Gonzalez, but it seemed that Atlanta found other ways to attack the Buccaneers' defense with quick plays to Douglas and Rodgers. With Steve Jackson and Roddy White likely to return by month's end, Gonzalez's impending demise might be more dramatically stated than the reality of the situation.
2013 Week 8 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' tight end made some impressive plays in this game. He began with a diving third-down reception against Javier Arenas in tight coverage. He also made a third-down grab for a first down on Yeremiah Bell in tight coverage on a flat route in the middle of the second quarter. However, the Cardinals doubled Gonzalez in the red zone and even placed Patrick Peterson on the veteran tight end when Gonzalez was used as the single receiver split outside the formation. Gonzalez was public enemy No.1 for the Cardinals defense and they did a solid job of limiting his effectiveness in key situations. One of the best plays of the week was a seam route that Matt Ryan threw over linebacker Darryl Washington in tight coverage and Gonzalez made a beautiful, twisting reception. However, Washington countered when an even more impressive act of prying the ball loose from Gonzalez's arms while they were still in the air. The one time Gonzalez wasn't double-covered in the red zone, Tyrann Mathieu interfered with the tight end to prevent a catch in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 9 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)
The most compelling player on the field for the Falcons' offense was its tight end Gonzalez. The Falcons did a better job finding Gonzalez for impact plays in this contest, but it was far from a perfect execution of its game plan. Gonzalez's first target was a seam route where linebacker Luke Kuechly dropped into the zone and undercut Gonzalez for an interception in the second series of the game. On that play, Gonzalez had three Carolina defenders within a three-yard radius. However, Carolina opted to use defenders other than Kuechly early in the game and the decision was a failure. Gonzalez beat Robert Lester on a hook route to convert a third down in the first quarter, spinning inside the defender for extra yards after the catch. he then earned another first down on a third-down play action pass when paired against linebacker Chase Blackburn. Gonzalez's touchdown in the first half came on a seam route where he worked behind Kuechly, who saw Drew Davis working a crossing route beneath him and reacted to the break and allowed Gonzalez to earn separation. Gonzalez then had a diving catch where he had to reach beyond his back shoulder and literally pull the ball from linebacker Thomas Davis' chest to make the catch on 3rd-and-four in the second quarter. After this productive first half, the Panthers made a more concerted effort to assign Kuechly to the tight end, including a red zone attempt where the linebacker came very close to drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Overall, Gonzalez saw a better quality of targets in the middle of the field in this game and no punt coverage-like double teams in the red zone. Other teams may opt to do this after seeing two of the past three teams do so successfully. But if Roddy White returns to form in the next week and left tackle Sam Baker returns and looks decent, it might be more difficult for opponents to stop Gonzalez.
2013 Week 10 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was limited to three catches in this game. All three were grabs in tight coverage in the middle of the field. One of those plays, a nine-yard gain in the third quarter, forced Gonzalez off the field due to a toe injury. He limped around the sideline during a timeout, had trainers look at it, and then returned to the game. Gonzalez then demonstrated excellent body control and toughness on consecutive targets to extend the ball across the first down marker in tight coverage. However, the combination of limited offensive possessions in the second half, a quality pass rush, and good coverage from the likes of Kam Chancellor forced Matt Ryan to check the ball on even shorter routes than the ones Gonzalez runs.
2013 Week 11 vs TB (8 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez hurt his toe or ankle once again after his first catch, a quick seam route for 18 yards in the first series. He limped off the field, but returned after missing one play. Even so, Gonzalez limped through the entire game. He caught short flat routes where Ryan showed good anticipation and placement as usual. The only egregious mistake Gonzalez made was a second-quarter play where he worked up to the right sideline to help Matt Ryan who had to avoid three defenders one at a time to clear the pocket to deliver the ball to the tight end. Gonzalez dropped the ball. Gonzalez only had 51 yards on 6 catches, 2 of them in garbage time with Dominique Davis throwing the ball under a generous zone when down 41-13.
2013 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
The Saints double-teamed Gonzalez early and the tight end's best chance to score was foiled when he tripped on a 2nd and goal play in a tight trips formation. Although, teams are shutting out Gonzalez's red zone opportunities, he's still producing between the 20s despite battling a toe injury. He made a leaping catch at the right sideline for 14 yards on a pass Ryan had to lob. He also got open late in this game on a seam route over Curtis Lofton for 13 yards. However, most of his passes were short check-downs and Atlanta was compelled to use Gonzalez as a pass protector more often than I have seen in recent weeks. Gonzalez was called for holding Cameron Jordan in the second half when the defensive end worked inside the tight end with easy and nearly got to Matt Ryan for his fourth sack of the game. When targeted in the flats, Gonzalez is quick and savvy at making the initial break but once he becomes a runner, the toe injury is limiting some of his movement and he couldn't avoid a defender he would have made miss earlier in the season on an eight-yard gain in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 13 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
If there's a teammate happier than Matt Ryan and Steven Jackson that Roddy White is healthy enough to earn the respect from defenses it's Gonzalez. The tight end earned more single coverage in the red zone than he's seen since the Patriots decided to play punt coverage on him earlier this season and rest of the Falcons' opponents followed suit. White's production forced the Bills to play single coverage and Gonzalez made them pay with slant for a touchdown with the defender practically administering the Heimlich Maneuver during the act of the catch. Gonzalez also made some fine plays in the middle of the field against single coverage. Two plays in particular that made an impact happened late in the game when he made a diving catch on 2nd and 17 on an out at the sideline with his quarterback delivering the ball under pressure. Gonzalez then followed up with a high-pointing grab on 3rd and 10 for 13 yards in the middle of the field. White's production should make Gonzalez a viable TE1 for the fantasy playoffs.
2013 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez scored on a play-action flat route from an I-formation set at the two-yard line in the first half. He also made a fine catch on a 16-yard seam route in tight coverage late in the fourth quarter. However, Gonzalez and Ryan weren't as successful as they could have been with the rest of their targets. Gonzalez allowed a hook route late in the half that bounced off his hands. There was also a fourth-down route in tight coverage where Ryan threw the ball so far behind Gonzalez that the tight end had to turn into the trailing defender and try to rob the ball from the coverage. Gonzalez succeeded in pulling the ball away from the defender, but juggled the ball multiple times while falling backwards and could not secure this play that would have resulted in a first down and kept a drive alive in the fourth quarter that Atlanta needed to regain the lead. Still, the Falcons had another week of success getting the ball to Roddy White and finding holes for Steven Jackson. The fact that Gonzalez has benefited in the red zone for the second week in a row is a good sign.
2013 Week 15 vs WAS (7 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez had a strong game, nearly scoring twice. His first score was a 13-yard pass in the middle of the field where he ripped free of linebacker London Fletcher's grasp up the seam, caught the ball at the three, and turn outside the nearest defender to get across the goal line. This play was set up by a wonderful grab in tight coverage of a Matt Ryan throw on third down where the quarterback was flushed right, threw the ball behind Gonzalez, and the tight end had to reach past his back shoulder and steal the ball from the defensive back while keeping both feet in bounds. Later in the half, Gonzalez caught a pass under the zone inside the five, turned up field and extended the ball over the goal line, but his knee hit the ground before the ball reached the end zone. Gonzalez was no match for Fletcher, who was the unfortunate player matched against the tight end at various points during the contest. Matt Ryan recognized single coverage from Fletcher during a seam route and targeted Gonzalez in a tight window, drawing a defensive pass interference call from the linebacker because Fletcher had his back to the quarterback the entire time. This put Atlanta in the red zone. Gonzalez also had a 10-yard catch in the third quarter that the officials nullified because Roddy White executed an illegal pick. Although Gonzalez had a good day, Washington double covered the tight end on passes inside the 10. Expect this to happen again next week.
2013 Week 16 vs SF (11 / 8 / 63 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez drew a tough assignment against the likes of Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis - especially Willis who was physical with Gonzalez and delayed a lot of routes in the middle of the field. Even so, Gonzalez made some strong releases against one of the games' top inside linebackers and earned multiple catches in the middle. Gonzalez scored after posting up the linebacker and then working free to the right flat of the end zone to make a catch that cut the 49ers' lead to three yards. Gonzalez says there's no chance he's returning to football unless a team contacts him with a great record at midseason and asks for his services.
2013 Week 17 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
The game plan for Atlanta was to find Gonzalez early and often, which they did. They found Gonzalez on stop route for five yards then a 23-yard gain on an intermediate cross behind Luke Kuechly's zone coverage. Gonzalez also had a 19-yard gain behind the nickel back in the mid-second quarter. Gonzalez was not targeted in the red zone. One of the reasons was the multiple sacks Atlanta's line gave up in this part of the field. Gonzalez even gave up one of those sacks when paired one-on-one with Greg Hardy. If Atlanta rebounds in a massive way in 2014 and has a shot at earning home field advantage in the playoffs, don't be surprised if there's talk about Gonzalez joining this team for the stretch run. Otherwise, this game will likely be the great one's last.
2012 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)
In what should be his last game at Arrowhead stadium, Tony Gonzalez still looked like an elite tight end, especially in the red zone. Gonzalez was very good at finding the spot just under the zone coverage and sitting down and waiting. He had trouble getting separation on routes down the field, including his touchdown catch which was just a perfect pass from Ryan.
2012 Week 2 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez played a major role during the first three quarters of the game before the Broncos' defense tightened up on him. Gonzalez showed off everything about his game that makes him a certain hall-of-fame tight end. The accuracy of his route running allowed him to repeatedly run away from defenders, while his intelligence let him consistently find soft spots over the middle of any zone coverage. What is often overlooked about Gonzalez however, is his athleticism that still makes him a matchup problem for defenders. None of the Broncos' linebackers or safeties could stick with him in the open field. Gonzalez's first reception came when he beat Mike Adams in single coverage with his speed over the middle. He then dropped an open slant pass because he was trying to avoid a hit from an incoming safety. A second drop immediately followed that one as he couldn't come up with a pass in traffic, but from then on he was perfect. Again beating Adams, Gonzalez found space between he and Joe Mays for another reception over the middle. Gonzalez repeatedly found pockets of space which forced the Broncos to alter their approach to defending him. Gonzalez simply couldn't be covered. It was especially difficult to cover him on his touchdown reception. The Falcons were on the one yard line. After the Broncos bought a play-action fake to Turner, Gonzalez was wide open at the back of the endzone. A routine play for a veteran who was playing with the exuberance and athleticism of a rookie.
2012 Week 3 vs SD (12 / 9 / 91 / 1 rec)
The ageless tight end had another game for the ages. The stats might not pop off of the page, but when you consider that almost all of his damage was done in the first half it becomes that much more impressive. After continuing his streak with at least one reception to 182 consecutive games, he never let up and eventually added eight more. San Diego simply had no answers for him. His touchdown was a classic Gonzalez score, turning around for a quick stop near the end zone and snagging the ball from amongst a group of three defenders. After the catch, he quickly turned upfield and dove in for the score. In the second half, he made a great grab stretching out in traffic and displaying the hands that have made him the game's best pass-catching tight end in history. It was especially noticeable on a day when his closest competition, San Diego's Antonio Gates, had a very underwhelming performance that included a bad dropped pass.
2012 Week 4 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez did not produce any dynamic plays like his best days, but he was a thorn in the side of the Panthers' defense throughout. He and his quarterback showed great timing and rhythm throughout the game on hitch routes, out routes and anything over the middle of the field. Gonzalez seemed to make Panthers miss tackles on every catch. On what was a quieter game from Gonzalez, he still looked sprightly and every bit a top-10 tight end in this league.
2012 Week 5 vs WAS (14 / 13 / 123 / 1 rec)
Now in his sixteenth NFL season, the question should not be "When should Tony Gonzalez retire?" In fact, the question instead should be "Should Tony Gonzalez ever retire?" The greatest tight end in NFL history continued to pad his Hall of Fame resume against the exploitable Redskins secondary. Matt Ryan peppered Gonzalez with targets like he was a steak on the grill, and Gonzalez led all Falcons in receiving yardage with one hundred and twenty-three yards. One of his thirteen receptions went for a one-yard touchdown. Gonzalez camped out underneath the Redskins' secondary all afternoon, taking short passes from Ryan and generating yards after the catch. Gonzalez's basketball pedigree was on display against the Redskins, as he boxed out defenders like a center trying to grab a board. The Redskins secondary simply had no hope of stopping Gonzalez, who routinely shook multiple tackles and carried defenders with him for extra yards. At 36, the veteran tight end is arguably having the best season of his career through five weeks of play.
2012 Week 6 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez had a quiet day by his standards, finishing with 4 catches for 42 yards. He had 8 targets on the day, and his numbers don't look atrocious simply because he was the main man on the Falcons' game winning drive, as he caught Ryan's final 2 passes for 23 total yards to set up the field goal. As with most weeks, Gonzalez didn't run many routes beyond roughly 10 yards downfield, since he tends to operate as Ryan's safety valve. Gonzalez also wasn't open as much as one would expect, so credit goes to the safeties and linebackers covering him on the day.
2012 Week 8 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Like Roddy White - and all Falcons not named Julio Jones - Gonzalez had a quiet day on the road against the Eagles. The future Hall of Famer caught three passes for twenty-nine yards, providing quarterback Matt Ryan with a sure-handed option on short and intermediate pass plays. Gonzalez will have better days in the air-conditioned comfort of the Georgia Dome or in situations where the Falcons are playing from behind, although those seem to be increasingly rare as the season progresses.
2012 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez primarily ran short curls to the left and slants across the middle of the field against the Cowboys. While his final statline was paltry (4 receptions for 36 yards) his presence in the middle of the field kept the Dallas linebackers from crowding the line of scrimmage when the Falcons chose to run the ball. Gonzalez was also a devastating blocker in the running game, helping contain Demarcus Ware on rushes to the outside and on screen passes to Jacquizz Rodgers. With the Falcons having so much success on downfield throws to the outside, Gonzalez was used primarily as an outlet receiver or a a quick option when Matt Ryan was under duress. His best catch came on a 12 yard reception to the middle of the field. Despite drawing a contact penalty against Brandon Carr, Gonzalzs was able to haul in the pass for a first down to put the Falcons in position to kick a field goal right before halftime.
2012 Week 10 vs NO (15 / 11 / 122 / 2 rec)
Tony Gonzalez's talk of retirement seems categorically silly. The sixteen-year veteran continues to play at an All Pro-level, and absolutely demolished the Saints secondary in Week 10. Leading all Falcons in receptions with eleven, receiving yards with one hundred and twenty-two, and targets, with fifteen, Gonzalez camped underneath the pillow-soft zone coverage of an already-exploitable New Orleans defense. The tight end is without a doubt Matt Ryan's most trusted receiver, as Ryan looked Gonzalez's way on multiple end zone passes, connecting twice - once from two yards out, and once from six yards out. Gonzalez's second touchdown of the day, and one hundred and first of his career, came in the face of double press coverage - yet Gonzalez was able to control the ball for a touchdown. Scoring plays aside, the veteran tight end was thoroughly impressive in helping the Falcons moved the chains, as he always seemed to be open on short and intermediate routes for quarterback Matt Ryan. Gonzalez, did, however, drop a critical fourth-and-one out route pass from Ryan with under thirty seconds to go, sealing the win for the Saints.
2012 Week 11 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez came up only a few times in the stat sheet on Sunday as the Cardinals did an excellent job of limiting the Falcons offense. Gonzalez still got his targets but Arizona forced many Atlanta turnovers which greatly reduced the offense production for the entire Falcon passing game. Gonzalez caught a quick out pattern and got open on a deep curl route on third down which proved to be a big conversion for his team. Gonzalez made a terrific grab as he leapt high for the ball in the redzone and was very unlucky not to score as he was tackled just 1 yard short of the goal line. Gonzalez's fantasy day would have been very respectable had he scored but the fewer completions and red zone attempts due to turnovers left the Falcons too few opportunities for every player to be productive on Sunday. Gonzalez has shown all year long he hasn't missed much in terms of speed and dominance over the middle of the field but Ryan frequently gets locked into his WR's on the outside and can sometimes forget about Gonzalez over the middle.
2012 Week 12 vs TB (5 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez' first reception was a quick curl route over the middle as he caught the ball infront of a defender before evading him to gain eight yards. An excellent pump fake from Matt Ryan opened up space for Gonzalez over the middle for a 20 yard gain. Gonzalez was wide open after multiple defenders bought on the fake to Rodgers in the flat. A few plays later, Gonzalez beat Ronde Barber across the middle for another 15 yards and a first down. Gonzalez didn't catch another pass until the fourth quarter, when he bailed out the offense on a third and seven with an easy reception over the middle. Gonzalez' final reception went for four yards on third and 18 with just a minute left in the game.
2012 Week 13 vs NO (5 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez' first reception only went for eight yards, but his work back to the football was outstanding to get ahead of Malcolm Jenkins who was about to intercept the pass. Gonzalez made another amazing reception with a defender in great coverage for the Falcons' second touchdown. Gonzalez highpointed the football and caught it directly over Curtis Lofton's head. After making an outstanding reception in the endzone, Gonzalez couldn't catch a slightly high pass from Ryan open underneath on second and eight. Not until the third quarter did Gonzalez catch another pass, as he found a vast wasteland of space in the middle of the Saints secondary in front of the safeties. The tight end's fourth reception of the day came against a busted coverage wide open in the flat for 10 yards.
2012 Week 14 vs CAR (9 / 8 / 61 / 0 rec)
With limited opportunity due to Carolina's dominance in time of possession, Gonzalez caught only one pass in the first half. Atlanta was forced into two-minute mode for most of the second half as well, as they trailed for the entire game. Gonzalez still showed off his excellent route-running ability on many occasions, including a lightning-quick break out of his seam route to fool rookie Luke Kuechly. Most of Gonzalez' catches were short and within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, but he proved a reliable target for Matt Ryan as usual. The game script was simply not there for him to produce more.
2012 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 6 / 49 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzalez played his part well on Sunday and looked as fresh/physical as ever against the Giants. Gonzalez was used in the typical role, working the middle of the field and being an excellent chain mover for QB Ryan. Gonzalez was given option routes, ran physical after the catch and was aware of the first down marker in order to ensure the Falcons stayed on the field. Gonzalez' touchdown came on a post route in the endzone. Gonzalez got a soft release into his route, beat his man inside and leapt up high to grab a perfectly placed pass from QB Ryan for the score. Gonzalez showed a little power as he stiff armed a defender on his over the first down line to move the chains on a curl route. Gonzalez can't burn defenders with his speed but he showed he has enough quickness and a physicality to rival anyone that tries to cover him, despite his age.
2012 Week 16 vs DET (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Detroit blanketed Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who is having best season as a Falcon, was unable to find any open space. However, Gonzalez's lone reception resulted in a critical, third quarter first down. On a 3rd-and-6 play from Detroit's 23-yard line, Gonzalez leaked out into the flat, caught the pass, and accelerated up field for nine yards. Gonzalez's third down conversion led to Michael Palmer's one-yard touchdown catch.
2012 Week 17 vs TB (9 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez has been one of the biggest surprises at the tight end position all season. Approaching 40 years old and in likely his final season, Gonzalez finishes with a ho-hum 41-yard performance against one of the best passing matchups in Tampa Bay. Gonzalez was once-again Matt Ryan's safety blanket in passing game. While the pair connected against tight coverage and against the blitz early in the game, that chemistry did not continue in the second half. Ryan airmailed a red zone pass in Gonzalez' direction against tight coverage, marking the tight end's best chance for a touchdown. Atlanta's last gasp came on a fourth down target to Gonzalez down the seam with two minutes to play. The defensive back closed on the pass quickly, giving Gonzalez little chance to make what would have been his best catch of the game.
2012 Week 19 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
The NFL's greatest tight end turned in another solid line, catching six passes for fifty-one yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks' defense had no solution for the Hall of Fame tight end, who caught six of his seven targets, often in heavy traffic with defenders on top of his back or attempting to wrest the ball from his hands. Gonzalez had two of Atlanta's most crucial receptions against Seattle, one a one-yard touchdown on a crossing route in the back of the end zone - a reception in which he made sure to keep his feet in-bounds to complete the catch - and the other a nineteen-yard reception on a seam route that set up Matt Bryant's game-winning field goal. Gonzalez was also the intended target on a first quarter interception by Matt Ryan, on a pass Ryan threw due to pressure from the Seattle pass rush. Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner easily picked off the floated pass, which was far closer to Wagner than it was to Gonzalez. The tears Gonzalez shed after his first playoff victory were heartwarming, but it is not over for him yet, as he has chance to shine against a 49ers defense that is not impervious to the tight end position, when the Falcons host San Francisco at home next week.
2012 Week 20 vs SF (0 / 8 / 78 / 1 rec)
In what could have been Gonzalez's final NFL game, he did not want to go quietly. With his signature savvy route running and elite hands, he owned the short area of the field versus the San Francisco linebackers and safeties. One of his highlight plays came to finish off the two-minute drill in the first half. Gonzalez faked a block on a linebacker as if it were a receiver screen, only to loop past him and find the end zone for the touchdown. The timing and execution between Gonzalez and Matt Ryan was absolutely perfect to take the 24-14 lead into the half. As the 49ers controlled the clock in the second half, Gonzalez's impact on the game waned. As the camera focused on Tony Gonzalez as the time ran out on Atlanta's Super Bowl hopes, one had to wonder if that was indeed his final game. His 2012 season was arguably his best in Atlanta and they were just a handful of yards away from a potential game-winning score late in the game.
2011 Week 1 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez shows he still has what it takes to play in this league and is as reliable as ever. Gonzalez caught a pass from almost every route in the route tree and displayed his terrific hands and concentration that he has carried with him throughout his career. Gonzalez made a great diving catch early in the game from Ryan and later made a big gain for his team on a deep seam route down the field. Gonzalez is incredibly reliable and Ryan uses him a lot. He still has the speed and quickness to get open and is so important to the Falcons for picking up first downs to keep drives alive, thought he will rarely have a big play.
2011 Week 2 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 83 / 2 rec)
It was turn back the time night as Tony Gonzalez went off for just under 100 yards and 2 big TD's. Gonzo found seems and exploited them all night long catching a variety of short and mid-range passes. His first TD catch was a highlight reel style play as he leaped over the defender to tap the ball to himself while getting both feet down in the back of the end zone. Gonzo is certainly not going to win any foot races and he has a hard time getting separation on most plays, however he runs crisp routes and still has some of the best hands at the TE position in the league.
2011 Week 3 vs TB (8 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)
He had a hard time finding space but he also managed to find the end zone late in the game and turn what would have been a major disaster for owners into at least an average day. Matt Ryan was overthrowing him but Gonzalez still has the moves and ability to get open. He had targets early in the game but Ryan could not connect with him. In fact Gonzalez didn't have one catch until the end of the 3rd quarter. Thankfully for owner he was able to haul in the TD on one of the Falcons last drives. Gonzalez is still getting separation and still a mismatch for most LBs so the talk of him slowing down is not evident on tape yet.
2011 Week 4 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 56 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was worked into the mix early, with two catches in the opening drive, including one for the score. He ran a simple flare pattern out of the goal line offense and pulled in the lobbed pass easily. On short yardage plays, Gonzalez was flawless, proving that he's still just as reliable an option as a run up the middle. Near the end of the half, he was able to struggle free from a defender and gain nine yards instead of two. While his yardage totals weren't huge, Gonzalez was a clutch target throughout the game. Later in the game, when Seattle had really grabbed the momentum, Gonzalez made a huge, one handed grab to keep a drive going, and continued to be counted on by Matt Ryan when he needed a few yards.
2011 Week 5 vs GB (8 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez started the game as a big safety valve in the first two drives, making 2 catches on the first drive, and then chipping in with some nice blocking on the 2nd drive, helping keep Rodgers off the field and helping the Falcons to a 14-0 lead. Then late in the game, he made a 22 yard back shoulder catch over Desmond Bishop, getting the ball into Packer territory and giving the Falcons a chance. But then success turned ugly for the Falcons as a deep pass from Ryan just tipped out of Gonzalez' hands, and into the arms of Charlie Peprah. Overall, Gonzalez still has it though, playing at a high level at this age. That's not easy to do when you play tight end, but Gonzalez is still doing it week in and week out.
2011 Week 6 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez was not utilized as often as usual today in large part to the Falcons' emphasis on the ground game of Michael Turner. Gonzalez bailed out his quarterback early with a great rebound-style play on a tipped pass. The pass sailed high into the air and Gonzalez did a good job to reach up for it to prevent an interception. Gonzalez made a key third down catch late in the game, showing off the kind of catch radius he boasts. Gonzalez reached out for an errant Ryan pass and pulled it in gracefully. It was an example of the kind of play that will eventually make him a Hall of Fame tight end.
2011 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez shows he still has what it takes to be productive in a passing game that needs a threat over the middle off the field while he has teammates to take the pressure off on the outside. Gonzalez had a nice diving catch early in the game on an out route that kept a Falcon drive alive. Later, he managed to draw back to back pass interference penalties on a DET defender that set up an easy touchdown for his team. The highlight of the day however was a big catch and run down the seam of the defense as he made a big play, showing he has enough speed to make a defense pay when they do not cover him well. Gonzalez was unlucky not to score early in the game as he was targeted in the redzone but will continue to be one of ATL's main weapons over the middle of the field.
2011 Week 9 vs IND (6 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Like most of the Falcons apart from maybe QB Ryan, Gonzalez could only wish he had the same production as teammate WR Jones. Gonzalez proves he still has what it takes to get open and catch passes down the middle and as a checkdown option for Ryan. Gonzalez is still a redzone threat as managed to score in this game. QB Ryan did a bootleg out of the pocket and gave TE Gonzalez a lot of time to uncover and get a relatively easy touchdown to add to his collection. QB Ryan likes to throw the ball to the outside a lot and the Falcons also run the ball a lot which will took numbers away from Gonzalez for most of the time however.
2011 Week 10 vs NO (10 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzalez worked with QB Ryan to dominate the middle of the field and really take advantage of any secondary weaknesses. Gonzalez started off the game with pure power as he caught a short curl pattern and barrelled over a defender for the first down. Gonzalez showed his concentration on his TD catch over the deep middle of the field as he hauled in a big catch between two defenders. Gonzalez used his frame to his advantage to gain leverage over NO defenders and made them pay for many first downs as he got open many times for QB Ryan. Gonzalez dominated the middle of the field as he often does and will always get nice production in this role as QB Ryan also likes to attack the middle of the field.
2011 Week 11 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzales helped set the aggressive tone early for the Falcons. He started the game by terrorizing Titans linebackers up the middle of the field, combining a number of key catches with devastating blocks both on pass plays and in the running game. Gonzales' best catch came on his touchdown reception in the first quarter. On the play, Gonzales lined up to the right side of the line of scrimmage and ran a go route in to the end zone. Quarterback Matt Ryan faked a hand off before throwing to Gonzales, who used his body to shield the ball from two Tennessee defenders. Gonzales jumped to make the catch before falling in to the end zone for an easy score. He finished the day with 5 catches, one of which went for a touchdown and three of which converted for first downs.
2011 Week 12 vs MIN (9 / 9 / 69 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez is a great threat for Ryan every week. Gonzalez works the middle of the field with great route running and has option routes which always allow him to get open against soft defensive coverage. He is often the hot read on blitz plays and Ryan used him on Sunday in this role, which allowed Gonzalez to catch and run with the ball for decent yards. He catches a lot of passes and is heavily relied upon by Ryan to work the middle of the field and keep drives alive, especially on third down. Gonzalez got open time and time again over the middle and came up with many catches that demoralised MIN and kept ATL offense on the field. Gonzalez got his biggest play on a post route, leaping high as the defense allowed him to run free and hook up with his QB to set up a score. Gonzalez was unlucky not to score as his fellow TE teammate got the touchdown instead but is a threat to score any week.
2011 Week 13 vs HOU (10 / 7 / 100 / 0 rec)
The Falcons loss could be blamed on a lot of wrongs in the passing game, but Tony Gonzalez was not one of them. Gonzalez ran wild between the hash-marks, offering Matt Ryan an excellent target with favorable matchups all game long. Gonzalez primarily ran go routes and crossing patterns 8-15 yards downfield. Ryan looked to him often and when the pass was on target, Gonzalez could be counted on to make a play. His best catch came on a third quarter reception that was high and off target. Gonzalez somehow came down with the ball, converting a first down and extending the drive. With the Falcons abandoning the rushing game in the second half, Gonzalez was split out wide for most downs. He was used on both the left and right side of the field as well.
2011 Week 14 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez continues to reel back the years and look like his younger self. Gonzalez was always where he needed to be for his quarterback, finding the soft spots and using his solid route running skills to gain separation. Gonzalez caught a spectacular pass down the seam from Ryan, turning it into a crucial first down. Gonzalez took advantage of the Panthers' man coverage when the Falcons used the no huddle, a tactic utilised frequently as they were in catch-up mode.
2011 Week 15 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
The future hall of famer had a quiet night by his standards catching a nice 14-yard reception on the opening drive. His presence drew coverage away from Julio Jones on his 29-yard touchdown reception and had a ball thrown to his area that was caught by Roddy White for a 6-yard touchdown on a mix up of routes. Gonzalez did have a 12-yard reception called back by penalty as well.
2011 Week 16 vs NO (9 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez does such a great job at getting open in the soft spots of zones the defenses, the large tight end was moved all over the field pre snap allowing his quarterback to get better reads and forcing the defense to account for the large tight end as well. A lot of his yardage was after the game was at hand but was still able to salvage a mildly productive evening.
2011 Week 17 vs TB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Caught one pass for a first down on the 1st drive of the football game. The game got out of hand and Gonzalez was not targeted a lot for most of the day.
2011 Week 18 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez, who has still yet to win a playoff game in his illustrious career, was a non-factor in the game. Gonzalez only made a few short receptions, most of them to be an outlet for his QB against the Giants' pass rush. Gonzalez was open at one stage on a deep crossing route against man-free, single high safety as he ran across the face of the safety. However, Ryan failed to pull the trigger and the play resulted in an incomplete pass.
2010 Week 1 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was almost non-existent for the first half of this game. In the third quarter, however, with the terrible-announcing Dick Stockton waiting for Gonzalez' first catch of the game (because it would be the 1,000 of his career), Ryan finally started looking his way. The biggest play Gonzalez made - a play that made Stockton scream in excitement - became very anti-climactic as it was negated by an illegal touching penalty on Gonzalez himself for stepping out of bounds before coming back in to make the catch. This play was a symbol for the kind of game it was for Gonzalez. Three plays later, however, Tony G made his biggest impact of the game with a 20 yard catch. As one can infer from his stat line, there wasn't much else to say about Gonzalez as he was victim to the Steelers' defense's suffocation of everyone not named Roddy White.
2010 Week 2 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Is Tony slowing down or playing a bit of a decoy role? Whatever the case is, he's not being targeted nearly as much this year as he was in 2009. It might be a good thing for the Atlanta offense, as the hall of famer just doesn't have the kind of speed that he once did. His best play of the day was a 13 yarder, and at this point, he's serving as a decoy. Perhaps when coverage rolls more towards Roddy White and the other receivers, Tony will get more opportunities. But the end is near for perhaps the greatest TE this league has seen.
2010 Week 3 vs NO (9 / 8 / 110 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez's monster Sunday was due in large part to the excellent coverage on Roddy White provided by Jabari Greer for most of the game. Roddy White was absent for large stretches of the game but thankfully for the Falcons, this allowed Gonzalez to run roughshod all over the field. Gonzalez was targeted multiple times in the red zone in addition to his touchdown catch and the aging tight end showed he still has plenty left in the tank, doing everything possible to gain as much yardage after his catches that he possibly could.
2010 Week 4 vs SF (12 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez was held in check by the 49ers defense most of the game, but made several nice catches, again showing the kind of trust that exists between him and Matt Ryan. Ryan did have an errant pass to Gonzalez which looked like a miscommunication on the part of the QB. Gonzalez played a key role in the Harry Douglas touchdown as he drew away the underneath coverage from CB Nate Clements to allow space for Douglas. Gonzalez got so much respect from the 49ers that CB Nate Clements lined up on him several times. This wasn't a statistically big game for the future Hall of Famer, but he played a good role nonetheless.
2010 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Gonzo had an early drop and never really got free downfield, but he did have a nice grab on an across the field improvisational throw by Matt Ryan, and he functioned as a good outlet receiver all day as the Browns got good pressure on Ryan. These kind of days should be considered Gonzo's floor going forward. He may have lost a half a step or so, but he's just as tough, strong, and sure-handed as always.
2010 Week 6 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 19 / 2 rec)
The Philadelphia Eagles normally struggle against tight ends, but they did manage to keep future Hall of Famer Gonzalez to just three catches in Week 6. Gonzalez saved his fantasy week with two touchdowns on his three grabs, making the most of his catches. The first score was an easy one-yard slant catch just before halftime, while the second was pretty much in garbage time with Philadelphia in soft coverage late in the fourth quarter with the score at the time 28-10.
2010 Week 7 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was targeted many times in this game, but Ryan was unable to get the ball to him with good Bengals coverage in place. Gonzalez made a beautiful back shoulder fade catch for 22 yards which was undoubtedly the highlight of the game for him. Gonzalez will continue to be a key part of this passing game as teams start to key more and more on Roddy White.
2010 Week 9 vs TB (11 / 8 / 72 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez led the Falcons with 11 targets, and finished with eight receptions for 72 yards. He basically owned the middle of the field and gave QB Matt Ryan the usual security blanket he's provided throughout his career.
2010 Week 10 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez caught all of his passes in the first quarter against the Ravens. Afterwards, he was kept in at the line primarily as an additional pass blocker, allowing Matt Ryan more time in the pocket to throw the ball downfield. Gonzalez' biggest contribution to the game came in the first quarter when the defender was whistled for pass interference on a ball intended for Gonzalez. On the play, the tight end slowed up his crossing route just enough to draw contact and help the Falcons convert a key first down.
2010 Week 11 vs STL (8 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez has slowed down a bit, but he still fits this offense like a glove, working the middle and providing another outlet for Ryan to move the chains. Gonzalez won't break any long ones, but he still showed a nifty move late in the game when he took advantage of the Atogwe injury and immediately took it upfield for 16 yards against the defense.
2010 Week 12 vs GB (6 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzalez came to play on Sunday and provided a nice outlet for Matt Ryan as he moved out of the pocket, sometimes by design and sometimes due to pressure. Gonzalez made a crucial catch on 4th and 2, but as it turned out he never secured possession. Luckily for Atlanta, the play wasn't challenged. Gonzalez had a beautiful grab down the seam, shielding the defender in coverage with his body. His touchdown catch was almost too easy as he sneaked in behind the zone for an easy reception.
2010 Week 13 vs TB (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was held in check by the Buccaneers and didn't finish with huge numbers, but he still showed the ability to get open downfield with three grabs for 38 yards. He also drew a pass interference penalty on a downfield route and was injured on the play. Fortunately for the Falcons and Gonzalez owners, he was able to return to the game.
2010 Week 14 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzalez got his name in the box score early with a short touchdown reception after an early Panthers turnover. Gonzalez made a good catch over the middle later in the game to keep a drive alive as well, so Ryan still trusts his tight end in those situations. Gonzalez is not the player he used to be in terms of the entire package of speed, agility, power and silky smooth hands, but he is a great veteran presence for this team.
2010 Week 15 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Even at his age Gonzalez is reliable as ever but was underused on Sunday as the Falcons leaned heavy on the run. Gonzalez managed to get open when matched against Seattle's best cover corner and picked up first downs for Ryan and this offense, but disappeared after heavy involvement early in the game as the Falcons leaned on the run and Ryan looked elsewhere.
2010 Week 16 vs NO (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Gonzo was used almost all night as a blocker as he saw just 3 targets in the passing game. He managed to snag 2 of those 3 targets for just 12 total yards. The announcers keep talking about how dangerous he is, but at this point he looks like he is a slowing down quickly. He has very little speed and rarely gets open.
2010 Week 17 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez had a very good game, catching nearly everything thrown his way, including a touchdown from his scrambling quarterback to open the scoring. His two misses were both red zone throws, too - one was too low to be catchable and the other was broken up by the defense. Everything else, he caught. Including the highlight, a beautiful toe-drag sideline catch in the two minute drill. At the end of a sub-par season (by his standards), he showed that he's still the best of the best at the tight end position.
2010 Week 19 vs GB (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Aside from Roddy, Gonzalez has been Ryan's favorite target this year. But Gonzalez didn't have a catch until the 2nd half, and that was the only reception of his career. If his remarkable career is over, than he will have finished it without ever winning a playoff game. It would be a sad way to end his career, but it does nothing to tarnish the legacy of one of the greatest TE's to ever play the game.
2009 Week 1 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)
As expected, the Falcons moved Gonzalez around in an attempt to confuse the Dolphins, splitting him wide and then motioning him to the line of scrimmage or motioning him out to the slot to get the benefit of a rub from Roddy White in the slot. He was targeted on crossing routes and drag routes, making good catches in tight, single coverage. He also ran a terrific post pattern that ended with a diving grab to get inside the five yard-line and later in the game, took a short drag route for a 20-yard score after putting stiff arm on Yeremiah Bell and cutting outside his downfield block to the sideline. His stats looked like he was option one in this offense but if not for Matt Ryan's poor downfield throws to Roddy White he would have been option two. Nonetheless, he's still a strong, No. 1 TE.
2009 Week 2 vs CAR (7 / 7 / 71 / 1 rec)
What else is there to say about this ageless wonder? He extended like a player in his early twenties to make his TD catch, and he also made catches while lined up wide and lined up in the slot. He went low to catch an important red zone target, and he also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up Michael Turner's touchdown. Different year, different team, same story for this stud.
2009 Week 3 vs NE (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Brandon McGowan did a terrific job covering Gonzalez, who didn't make a catch until the fourth quarter. Even when Gonzalez was at the top of his game (and he's still close), he would have games like this, so there's no need to get worried.
2009 Week 5 vs SF (10 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez didn't score, but he still made his mark on this game. After an early drop inside in the five on a low throw from Ryan and another Ryan pass that slipped away because it was too high, Gonzalez settled down and got open enough to keep the chains moving and keep the 49ers pass defense off balance. He drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone in the second half and then kept defenders from getting to Ryan as he ran it in on first and goal.
2009 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 4 / 52 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was never really able to get off in week 6 but he still managed over 50 yard and a TD vs the Bears. Gonzo was covered well by Al Afalava for most of the night but the superior athlete Gonzalez was able to create separation on a few occasions. On more than one occasion he lined up split out and ran a couple of slant routes for a catches. His TD catch to close out the 1st half came after he got away from some soft Bears red zone coverage. He lead the team in targets in week 6.
2009 Week 7 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Gonzo had the first two catches of the game, and then only had two more catches for the rest of the contest. He did have a lot more yardage on his later catches, a good downfield route on a third and long and a sprawling catch of a low pass, but most of the day he was covered well by the Cowboys.
2009 Week 8 vs NO (9 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez owned the middle of the field at times, making a nice move to get in the red zone after the catch early, helping the two-minute drill with some tough catches, and then extending a scoring drive with a fourth-down catch in the red zone. He is keeping the safeties occupied so Roddy White doesn't get constant double coverage, and putting up good numbers in the process.
2009 Week 9 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec)
Gonzo worked the soft spots in the zone for short gains to loosen up the defense, and he caught a TD on a play-action fake that capped the Falcons first scoring drive. Like an elite fantasy TE should, Gonzo puts up decent numbers even when the game script doesn't call for a big passing day by his team.
2009 Week 10 vs CAR (11 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Gonzo did his damage close to the line of scrimmage and made a few moves/broke a few tackles after the catch, but he wasn't ripping the seams or put in position to make game-changing plays today. He did get an end zone target, but the one touchdown pass by the Falcons went his counterpart Justin Peelle. Gonzalez will continue to be a top-end starting fantasy TE, but the explosive plays just aren't there for him in this passing offense.
2009 Week 11 vs NYG (14 / 8 / 82 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was fantastic against the Giants, making tough catches all over the field in crucial situations. Gonzalez' most impressive catch came on a grab near the right sideline where he fought his way through three defenders for an extra 5 or 6 yards without going out of bounds. Gonzalez also caught a late touchdown from Ryan on a "jump ball" between two defenders in the center of the endzone. Most of Gonzalez' receptions were on hitches and curls in the middle of the field. He rarely stayed in to block on passing downs and seemed more then happy to take advantage of defensive mismatches by using his body to pin a smaller safety away from the ball.
2009 Week 12 vs TB (12 / 9 / 83 / 0 rec)
Chris Redman knew that the way to get the team down the field in crunch time was to rely on the future hall of famer. Gonzalez squared up in open space and gave Redman a huge target to find in the middle of the field all day. He had numerous catches on the game-winning drive, taking punishment after the catch to move the sticks. Gonzalez converted a fourth down, and he seemed to have great chemistry and timing with Redman even though they hadn't played together in the regular season before this contest. Expect Redman to lean on him again next week against the Eagles, who usually give up at least a lot of catches to the TE, if not yards and touchdowns.
2009 Week 13 vs PHI (13 / 8 / 72 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez was targeted 13 times by backup QB Chris Redman, a huge number especially considering that Roddy White also had 20 chances on the day. Redman only threw 10 times to other players, showing just how much Atlanta wanted to get the ball in the hands of their two best receivers. Gonzalez struggled to play well against Philadelphia, a team that typically has had trouble covering against tight ends. Despite Redman's lack of accuracy Gonzalez amassed 72 yards on eight grabs, but nearly half of it came on the final drive of the game (3-37). Gonzalez needs Matt Ryan to get back to health in order to put up better fantasy numbers.
2009 Week 14 vs NO (7 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
He is the poster-child for consistent play and this week was no different. Gonzo lined up mainly out of TE1 spot on the line to catch 6 catches for 50 yards. He actually led the Falcons in targets this week, but it was a really a quiet afternoon for him despite his 6 catches.
2009 Week 15 vs NYJ (10 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez first catch of the day set up a first and goal, and his last catch of the day won the game. In between, he had a drop and a catch sitting down in the middle of the field to get the Falcons into Jets territory. His game-winner was created when longer routes in the end zone drew coverage and created a spot for him in the front of the end zone.
2009 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gonzo mostly drew coverage away from the other receivers before leaving the game with a calf injury. He only had a pair of catches for modest gains before the injury.
2009 Week 17 vs TB (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had a few nice catches, including one hands catch on a high throw at the sidelines, and a catch where he put a move on a Buc to get yards after catch. He also drew a pass interference call in the end zone to set up one of the Falcons two TDs. Gonzalez got a target inside the five later in the game, but Ryan's throw was high.
2008 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
In addition to securing six balls for 55 yards, Gonzalez's hands were also the hot topic for game announcers, Dan Dierdorf and Greg Gumbel. He proved to be a nice safety blanket and bail-out option in what was otherwise an inconsistent receiving effort.
2008 Week 2 vs OAK (13 / 5 / 39 / 1 rec)
It seemed like about twelve of those sixteen targets came in the final four minutes of the game. Gonzalez was barely targeted throughout the match, until desperation time. He rose to the challenge, proving again that he is without a doubt the Chiefs best red zone threat.
2008 Week 3 vs ATL (10 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was often double covered, and when he did pull in the catch, he was promptly tackled. He was his old reliable self, but was never a threat to get more than a short gain each time.
2008 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Gonzales didn't get his first look till midway through the second quarter, and only four targets all day, but he made the most of them. He scored the Chiefs only TD through the air on a ten yard reception in the end zone, coming down hard, but hanging on. Gonzales moved to within three yards of former Bronco Shannon Sharpe's Tight End yardage record.
2008 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez still catches the tough ones in coverage, the problem is that the defense is able to key on him all day, making them all tough ones. The one positive for Gonzalez was that with his first catch, for six yards, he broke the all-time record for reception yards by a tight end. It was not much of a celebration, however, since the play was a third down and ten on one of the many three and outs for the Chiefs.
2008 Week 7 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez wanted to prove to his team today that he was with them. He reached out for a ball across the middle and took it from a linebacker. Gonzalez was also able to showcase his basketball abilities going up for the ball. He ended up as today's leading receiver with 97 yards. The only concern is what can happen at QB with the injuries. Tyler Thigpen couldn't get composed enough to throw Gonzalez the ball. On the last few possessions it didn't appear Gonzalez was on the field.
2008 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)
Tony Gonzalez made a great TD grab to get the Chiefs going. He had a few other catches where he picked the ball out of the air and made some great veteran moves to gain more yards. On one play he could have went out of bounds after getting the first but made a great move and earned ten more yards. It was a typical Gonzalez day we have seen his whole career.
2008 Week 9 vs TB (10 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was targeted 12 times and finished with seven receptions for 62 yards. He was targeted seven times on third downs and once in the red zone. Six of his receptions resulted in first downs, but Gonzalez had a costly offensive pass interference call against him in the fourth quarter on a third down play he caught for 20 yards. The play was called back and one play later, the Chiefs were forced to punt.
2008 Week 10 vs SD (14 / 10 / 113 / 2 rec)
Gonzalez simply dominated the San Diego defense from start to finish. En route to passing Jimmy Smith for tenth place on the all-time NFL receptions list, he did damage in every way possible. He was so heady, finding all the soft spots in the defense. It was almost like he knew where the San Diego defenders would be before they even got there, which allowed him to go and get open somewhere else. On his first touchdown, he caught a short cross pass over the middle and immediately headed for the sideline. A great block by Mark Bradley sprung him down the sideline, which enabled him to get into the end zone. His second touchdown grab was a phenomenal catch in traffic with defenders hanging all over him. The ball was being dragged as he fell to the ground, but amazingly he managed to keep control of the ball while being pulled to the ground. He was targeted on the potential game-winning two point conversion, but S Clinton Hart made a nice play to tip the ball away and into the arms of CB Quentin Jammer at the last moment.
2008 Week 11 vs NO (9 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had five catches for 39 yards. Gonzalez was stopped inside the one after a grab. He was also targeted on a stop and go near the end zone. The pass was incomplete, but drew a penalty flag. He twice left the game with injuries, but was able to return each time. When he was in the game, Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe drew Thigpen's focus. Gonzalez has now caught a pass in 125 consecutive games. Only Ozzie Newsome had a longer streak among tight ends
2008 Week 12 vs BUF (13 / 10 / 113 / 1 rec)
The Bills did a poor job covering one of the best tight ends in NFL history, and he caught three passes on their first touchdown drive of the game. He was usually wide open, too, like on his two yard TD catch in the second quarter. He was the one player Buffalo could not defend, but even when they managed to surround him with three defenders he still caught the ball. Gonzalez' ten receptions moved him pass Keenan McCardell for ninth place on the NFL's career receptions chart.
2008 Week 13 vs OAK (11 / 8 / 110 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had an outstanding game, getting open routinely against the Raiders' defenders. He ran his routes well to get open, and used his size, leaping ability and hands to his advantage. When he got open, he ran well to gain yards after the catch, and when he was well covered, showed excellent hands in making some tough catches.
2008 Week 14 vs DEN (11 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez proved again to be the best playmaker on the Chiefs, catching their only offensive touchdown, and averaging 14.6 yards per reception.
2008 Week 15 vs SD (9 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez had another big game against the Chargers. He scored an early touchdown, and was clearly Tyler Thigpen's go to guy throughout the afternoon. Interestingly, the touchdown reception came courtesy of a halfback option pass from Larry Johnson and not from Thigpen. Gonzalez was interfered with on the play (and may have been guilty of a pushoff himself), and the initial ruling on the field was that he dropped the ball. But the Chiefs challenged the call, and it was eventually determined that Gonzalez had indeed gotten both feet to the ground with possession of the ball prior to falling down. The catch pretty well demonstrated that he wasn't feeling the effects of the previous play, when he appeared to have been shaken up on a rough tackle out of bounds by LB Stephen Cooper.
2008 Week 16 vs MIA (12 / 7 / 64 / 1 rec)
TE Tony Gonzalez continues to be a favorite target of QB Tyler Thigpen. Gonzalez looks as strong and reliable as ever coming off of the line to receive. He caught a reception on fourth and one in the first half and simply battled his way into the end zone for a touchdown.
2008 Week 17 vs CIN (10 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was quiet until adding a late touchdown to cap off his 2008 season. He was targeted previously on the same drive in the red zone, but defensive pass interference prevented the touchdown at that point. Gonzalez was also targeted on the two-point play. Facing blanketed coverage much of the afternoon, Gonzalez averaged 10.6 yards per reception against the Bengals, leading the Chiefs on the afternoon.
2007 Week 1 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez received excellent coverage but still managed to pull in five of the seven passes intended for him. He only accumulated 28 yards on the completions, but he was one of the prime targets to watch for the Texans' defense.
2007 Week 2 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was the most targeted receiver on the day, but with just six looks, it's not like the team really leaned on him. He was able to get open and catch passes that would put the offense in third and short situations, but the Chiefs were unable to gain first downs to keep the drives going.
2007 Week 3 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 96 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez led the Chiefs with nine receptions. His first target was on their first play, deep down the middle but was overthrown by Huard. He did not get another look until late in the second quarter, short over the middle and Gonzalez was able to turn it into a 14 yard reception. Later on the same drive, Huard threw deep to Gonzalez in the end zone. Gonzalez had to dive for it and it went just off his fingertips. He got up looking for a pass interference call as he was falling down as the ball arrived, but he did not get the call. He was targeted more frequently in the second half, with six more targets he turned into 6 receptions and 82 yards.
2007 Week 4 vs SD (7 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was a major factor in the Kansas City passing attack, as the tendency to attack the San Diego defense with short, quick passes suited his receiving style perfectly. Gonzalez did mix it up a bit on his touchdown reception, a gorgeous leaping grab in the back corner of the end zone that tied the score at 16. Gonzalez out-jumped no fewer than three San Diego defenders on the play as he simply refused to come down without a score. The touchdown tied him with Shannon Sharpe for the top spot on the all-time touchdown reception list by a tight end with 62.
2007 Week 5 vs JAX (14 / 8 / 100 / 0 rec)
Gonzales was the focal point of the passing attack, and made some excellent catches. He showed he could run a variety of routes, including half of them being in the intermediate or deep range. He was used in different areas on the field and it was difficult to double-team him immediately after he left the line of scrimmage. He was the most targeted receiver when Huard was on the field as well as when Croyle entered the game.
2007 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 9 / 102 / 2 rec)
Gonzalez beat the Bengals defense several times. He was too big and quick for them to handle, shown by his two red zone touchdown receptions. He caught nine balls while being targeted ten times.
2007 Week 7 vs OAK (10 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was Huard's favorite target during this match. He only collected four of the ten passes thrown for him by Huard, but he gained 66 yards as he hauled defenders with him before being tackled. He was also the end zone target for Larry Johnson's wide and high pass. Gonzalez provided a scare when he went down hard after a hit and took time to walk off the field, but he was back later with no reported problem.
2007 Week 9 vs GB (13 / 10 / 109 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez is the number one receiving option for the Chiefs offense. He was the first option of most pass plays and was able to draw the attention of the Packer linebackers to open up the field for deep passes to Samie Parker and Jeff Webb. Gonzalez showed why he should still be considered one of the top tight ends in the game by catching almost everything thrown to him, even when he was well covered. His touchdown reception was on a great leaping catch while well covered by a defender.
2007 Week 10 vs DEN (9 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was sought often during this match. He was only able to pull in three of the twelve passes intended for him as he constantly received heavy coverage from the Broncos' secondary.
2007 Week 11 vs IND (5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs did not make Gonzalez a main part of the passing offense as they decided to throw the ball to the outside of the field in the first half. He showed his excellent pass catching ability by making some tough catches while covered. On the touchdown drive he was shaken up on a hard hit while catching a ball over the middle on a rifle throw. He would later return after missing only a few plays.
2007 Week 12 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was regularly and heavily blanketed in coverage but still pulled in three of the four passes sent his way for a respectable 48 positive yards. With Croyle's laser throws and Gonzalez's superior athletic ability, this looks like a passing combination that will be very effective for some time.
2007 Week 13 vs SD (13 / 10 / 140 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had his way with the San Diego secondary, torching them to the tune of ten receptions for 140 yards. Gonzalez dominated so thoroughly that he had as many receptions as the entire Chargers team, and only one less reception than the rest of his teammates combined. At times, he appeared to be the only player Damon Huard wanted to throw the ball to - and with good reason. Gonzalez caught just about everything Huard flung at him, with a good number of his receptions coming on tough leaping catches in traffic and quite a few with defenders literally hanging all over him.
2007 Week 14 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 76 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez was the one bright spot for the Kansas City offense. He pulled in seven of the ten balls thrown his way for a respectable 76 yards. That included one reception where he avoided would be tacklers and tight roped the sideline for the Chiefs' only score. Gonzalez caught career reception number 800 during the contest, the most receptions ever by a tight end. He had a brief moment where he left the game, going to the locker room in apparent pain, but he came back and did not display any adverse effects.
2007 Week 15 vs TEN (8 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was blanketed by the Titans defense, regularly finding three defenders attached to him. It was probably amazing that he caught three of the balls targeted for him considering the Tennessee coverage. Gonzalez was forced to play defense on the two interceptions picking up a tackle after each one.
2007 Week 16 vs DET (15 / 10 / 137 / 0 rec)
On such a remarkable day for Pro Bowl great Tony Gonzalez you would think he should have been part of a winning effort. He accumulated 137 yards, hauling in ten of the 16 passes targeted for him. That effort saw him reach a couple more career high points. He tied for most ever career 1000 yard seasons at three and he is now just one 100 yard game behind Kellen Winslow's career record of 24. Gonzalez continues to catch almost anything thrown his way and gains the tough yards afterward as he punishes would be tacklers. He does this consistently despite receiving the main coverage from opposing defenses.
2007 Week 17 vs NYJ (15 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Tony Gonzalez was again the primary target of Brodie Croyle, as he saw 15 total targets in the game. Gonzalez was able to bring in seven of his 15 targets for 64 total yards. He was open on all kinds of routes however Croyle was unable to hit him on a few occasions, as his passes sailed of fell short.
2006 Week 1 vs CIN (12 / 10 / 81 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez extended his streak of 85 consecutive games with a reception, the longest in Chiefs' history. More importantly than that, however, is that Gonzalez caught not just one, but 11 passes, in the game. Fears about Gonzalez staying in to help with the blocking were unfounded. After Green's exit, Damon Huard threw to Gonzalez more than any other player. Up until the point when Green left with the injury late in the third quarter, Gonzalez had caught five passes for 26 yards and no touchdowns. With Huard in there for just over one quarter of play, Gonzalez caught six passes for 55 yards and a score. It seemed to be a plan for Huard to look to both Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson for short passes and let them do most of the heavy lifting. In other words, the Chiefs didn't appear willing to let Huard do too much. On the touchdown reception, Gonzalez picked the ball out of the air and made a fine play in the end zone. Gonzalez has mentioned that the Chiefs have promised him more red zone looks this season. Whether that will hold true remains to be seen, but they certainly delivered today.
2006 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was utilized more as a blocker for this game. He did not have many chances and his downfield skills were not used at all. It will be necessary to open up the game plan a bit more to include Gonzalez in future games.
2006 Week 4 vs SF (6 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had a productive day and was a favorite target for Huard catching five of the six passes that were targeted to him. He caught a 14 yard throw in the second quarter, which moved him past Ozzie Newsome into second place for most passes caught among NFL tight ends all time. That catch made 663 completions in his ten year career with the Chiefs. During the game he also claimed third place all time in career receiving yards for tight ends, passing Jackie Smith.
2006 Week 5 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez did not appear to be free very often in this contest. The one pass he did catch was amazing. The ball reached him just barely ahead of the defender. The defender went flying and the ball popped up in the air where Gonzalez juggled it a few times before securing it. He was immediately hit after he did pull the pass in, but managed to plow ahead for a few more yards.
2006 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez has been asked to sacrifice some of his receiving skills to help the depleted offensive line much of the year, but even when he was asked to run patterns, he wasn't much of a threat yesterday. Gonzalez's three catches were all for short gains. He was the target of a deep pass over the middle, but it was broken up, and he did catch a touchdown pass, but a holding penalty nullified the score, leaving him with just 15 yards on the day.
2006 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 6 / 138 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had a season high 138 yards on his six receptions. His long reception went for 57 yards. After the catch, Gonzalez cut back to find open running room. He then gained 24 yards after contact by the first defender. It took three Chargers to finally bring him down. Gonzalez fought for tough yardage all day. On another play, it took four San Diego players to tackle him.
2006 Week 8 vs SEA (6 / 6 / 116 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez has become a favorite for the play-calling of the Chiefs the past two weeks. He had a second straight game with excellent yardage and reception totals. He enjoyed his second consecutive 100 plus yard receiving game. He has not been visiting the end zone but his extra yardage form pounding and carrying tacklers, in addition to great downfield blocking, has eased the way for Larry Johnson to produce. Gonzalez is still one of the elite tight ends in football. It is fun to watch him continue to gain yards after contact with one, two, and even three defenders.
2006 Week 9 vs STL (5 / 5 / 63 / 2 rec)
Gonzalez continued his hot streak of putting up good fantasy numbers (he broke 100 yards the last two weeks) by snagging all five of his targets for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzalez caught both touchdowns in the second period, the first where he somehow got wide open in the end zone for a three yard score. He later added a 25 yard catch and run for a touchdown before halftime. Gonzalez added one catch in each of the final two quarters, good for 13 and 11 yards respectively. All five of Gonzalez' catches were good for a Chiefs first down.
2006 Week 10 vs MIA (13 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)
One of the brightest spots for this contest was that the game plan had more plays featuring Tony Gonzalez. He was targeted 14 times. He would have had seven catches except one catch did not count due to a Chiefs' penalty. The Chiefs really need production from the dominant Gonzalez. They will have to wait and see about his upcoming availability. He was injured late in the game during a pass and was wearing a sling on his left arm after the game.
2006 Week 12 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez appeared to be back in good form as a receiver. All four passes thrown to him were successful. He did still appear to be favoring the right shoulder that was injured two games ago and caused him to miss the previous week's contest.
2006 Week 13 vs CLE (11 / 9 / 105 / 2 rec)
Gonzalez is truly performing at a Hall of Fame level. He should receive serious consideration for another pro bowl bid. The television game announcers gushed that Gonzalez's place in Canton is all but assured. He had another spectacular game pulling in nine of the eleven passes thrown his way for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Like so often is the case, even his impressive final statistical line is not as incredible as what he does to the linebackers and members of the secondary who try to stop him. He regularly gains extra yards by running over or through or carrying defenders.
2006 Week 14 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was fairly well blanketed during this game by the attacking Ravens' defenders. He was targeted six times and worked hard against heavy contestation to pull in three passes
2006 Week 15 vs SD (11 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez led the team in all significant receiving statistics. He was the target on Green's interception. Gonzalez was targeted in the end zone in the fourth quarter, but the connection couldn't be made. He was definitely Green's go to receiver in this game.
2006 Week 16 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had three receptions for 29 yards in the first half with his longest being a 16 yard completion in the first quarter. He caught a 19 yard pass in the third quarter that put the ball deep into Oakland territory. Gonzalez caught another pass for 19 yards in the fourth quarter as the Kansas City drove deep into the Raiders territory. The Kansas City passing game gave way to the running game in the second half, but Gonzalez did finish as the Chiefs leading receiver with five receptions for 67 yards.
2006 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez pulled in both of the passes thrown his way, but had a much bigger role participating in run blocking on some of Larry Johnson's carries. Gonzalez will be a candidate for free agency after this year and retaining the services of the future hall of famer should be a top priority for the Chiefs during the off season.
2006 Week 18 vs IND (8 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez had the Chiefs' longest reception of the first half, but it was only a four yard gain. He dropped his next target and the third was almost intercepted. He had to help out as a blocker, especially in the first half, in an attempt to stop Dwight Freeney from pressuring Trent Green. Gonzalez gave the team its opening first down of the game with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter, making a six yard catch. At the end of the drive, Green found Gonzalez in the right corner of the end zone for a six yard touchdown. Gonzalez had another reception for a nine yard gain, but dropped his final target which would have converted on third down.
2005 Week 1 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez provided standard Gonzalez type stats, with 4 receptions for 51 yards. He failed to score, and wasn't heavily featured in the game plan, but he didn't come up empty, either. None of the Chiefs receiving threats were featured heavily, and with the running game so dominant, 51 yards is about all Gonzalez owners could have hoped for. He didn't seem to be bothered by any of the various maladies that bothered him this past off-season.
2005 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was perfect when thrown to. He caught all passes thrown to him. He also drew a lot of defensive attention in his direction as the Raiders obviously did not want to let Gonzalez run free and hurt them too much.
2005 Week 3 vs DEN (9 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was blanketed by either cornerback Champ Bailey or by several other Broncos' defenders. Gonzalez was able to catch five shorter passes but the defense was always right there with him preventing any large gains. When he ran long, the defense always covered him with at least one defender behind and one in front.
2005 Week 4 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was a complete non factor in the Chiefs' offense, marking the continuation of a disturbing trend for his fantasy owners. Gonzalez's first target did not come until there were five seconds remaining in the first half. The TV commentators noted that Gonzalez was used as a blocker more than usual against the Eagles' blitzing defense, although it also appeared that Gonzalez was unable to get open when he was used as a receiver.
2005 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez, whose role had been talked up all week by Chiefs' coaches, was clearly a focus of the passing attack. The Redskins knew this, however, and were able to shut him down pretty well. Despite being targeted six times in the first half, Gonzalez didn't record his first catch until the third quarter. He was mainly covered by Marcus Washington, a break from recent weeks that have seen him up against cover cornerbacks. Gonzalez's head was in the game late though, as he recovered a Priest Holmes fumble that could have given the Redskins a big break.
2005 Week 7 vs MIA (9 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez returned to the spotlight after a couple weeks of not being targeted very much. He showed he still has that special ability to run with and match up against any defender. He caught seven out of the nine passes thrown his way and was Green's most effective passing weapon, despite often seeing double coverage.
2005 Week 8 vs SD (10 / 7 / 97 / 1 rec)
Owners who have stuck by Gonzalez to this point were handsomely rewarded with the tight end's first big game of the 2005 season. Gonzalez appeared headed for yet another unremarkable game at halftime, with zero catches and just one ball thrown in his direction (a drop on what would have been an easy catch). But Trent Green found his favorite target again during the game's second half, as Gonzalez turned in all of his production over the final thirty minutes. At times, it appeared the Chargers were simply forgetting about Gonzalez, as he was wide open. Other times, Gonzalez was out-leaping and out-muscling San Diego defenders for catches. For one of the first times all season, Gonzalez actually looked hungry for action rather than just frustrated by not getting it.
2005 Week 9 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was targeted in the first quarter, but covered well by Renaldo Hill. He made a 16 yard catch during the second quarter. Gonzalez drew a defensive pass interference against Jarrod Cooper call at the end of the first half. He made a 33 yard catch over the middle in the third quarter.
2005 Week 10 vs BUF (12 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was effective despite being in double coverage for most of the day. He was Green's favorite target, ending with eight catches for 81 yards on 12 targets. He had one bad drop but was effective at gaining first downs and moving the chains for the Chiefs.
2005 Week 11 vs HOU (12 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez dominated the middle of the field. He drew crowds of defensive backs and linebackers. Despite consistent double, triple, or quadruple coverage by Houston, Gonzalez still got open. He caught nine of the thirteen passes thrown his way and just missed 100 yards receiving for the day. With the hits that Gonzalez gave after passes and that Larry Johnson provided after rushes, the Texans' defensive players were probably feeling a little worse for wear.
2005 Week 12 vs NE (8 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was able to run free quite often. He kept finding holes in the Patriots' coverage and then Trent Green found him. His receptions and yardage were good, but he still is missing out on the end zone. He did not score a touchdown again. For the year he still only has one touchdown.
2005 Week 13 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 25 / 1 rec)
Gonzalez's game was a tale of two passes. The first pass intended for him was a bit high, but a very catchable ball. It bounced off his fingertips and into the hands of Denver CB Champ Bailey. On the second target, Gonzalez made sure to hold onto it and took it into the end zone for a 25 yard score. After that second quarter touchdown, Gonzalez was not thrown to again for the remainder of the game. His primary role was to help spring Larry Johnson for big gains in the run game, and Gonzalez did just that with several fantastic blocks.
2005 Week 14 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 94 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was able to get free often and made great extra yardage after some of his catches. The Cowboys were unable to tackle him one on one, requiring extra defenders to bring him down. He did not score.
2005 Week 15 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez had limited opportunities to produce against the Giants in Week 15, but did manage to catch a pass for the 82nd consecutive game. He was sometimes kept in to block for QB Trent Green, and he was only targeted six times downfield. His first chance was a pass down the seam for about 30 yards that ticked off his outstretched arms. The ball was not catchable as he was at full extension when he barely touched it. Gonzalez added four more catches of 12, 11, three and 25 yards respectively on his next four attempts, with the three longest passes getting the added bonus of a first down for the Chiefs. His final target sailed over his head by a wide margin in the waning moments of the game and resulted in an interception.
2005 Week 16 vs SD (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez continues to provide a large dependable target for Trent Green's throws. He seems to be particularly effective coming across the middle, getting in front of the defender and using his size to shield the ball from the linebackers and defensive backs. Gonzalez also contributed key blocks on some of Larry Johnson's runs.
2005 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Gonzalez was dependable catching passes thrown his way and gaining extra yardage after the catch. Gonzalez's totals for this game gave him over 900 yards for the year. His touchdown totals were down this year, but he remains one of the best in the league at his position.