Gronkowski's 500th career catch is special (and his stiff-arm is, too)

Gronk was doing Gronk things on Sunday night.David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Gronk is fourth-fastest TE to 500 catches

Rob Gronkowski's 500th career catch set up the New England Patriots for a 43-40 win Sunday night.

The former Arizona Wildcats tight end made an over-the-shoulder grab of a Tom Brady pass for a 39-yard gain to the Kansas City 9-yard line in the final minute. Stephen Gostkowski did the rest, kicking a 28-yard field goal on the final play in a wildly entertaining game.

Gronkowski caught three passes for 97 yards ... and had one of the best stiff-arms you'll ever see.

In the process, he became the fourth tight end in NFL history to reach 500 career receptions in fewer than 110 games. Kellen Winslow was the fastest, at 101 games, followed by Jimmy Graham (106) and Jason Witten (107).

Sunday night marked Gronk's 108th regular-season game.

He also increased his career receiving total to 7,584 yards, becoming the second player in Patriots' history to reach the 7,500 mark. He trails only Stanley Morgan (10,352 yards) on the team's career list.