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Tom Brady slides with cleats high

Not only did Tom Brady show poor clock management at the end of the first half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but he also had a questionable slide.

The Patriots had a second-and-10 play at the Baltimore 10 with 24 seconds left in the half. Brady scrambled to his left and slid to avoid a tackle, but he pointed his leg up high and kicked Ravens safety Ed Reed in the leg.

Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard ran toward the official to point out that Brady may have committed an unsportsmanlike play, but no penalty flag was thrown.

Rather than call a timeout, Brady tried setting up the offense for another play. He took so long to get organized that New England didn’t get another chance to score a touchdown. Brady finally used the timeout with four seconds left, and New England kicked a field goal to go up 13-7.

There is no doubt that Brady slid with his cleats high and aimed at Reed. The only question is whether he was trying to shield himself from a hit or inflict damage on his opponent.

Below is a screenshot of the kick:

tom brady slide

As many have pointed out, the play looked similar to Ndamukong Suh’s kick to Matt Schaub’s groin.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E42HURXXXK4IRL73NUXPQZLMPQ alain

    Incorrect: Sorry to have hurt your feelings, you are a Pats fan of course….we get it.

  • Todd Washko

    For those comparing this to Ndamukong Suh’s groin shot, this was far worse – this was an attempt to take out a knee, not just a kick to the stones to knock a guy out for a couple of plays.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VSV6EUUWMPTWR27BHEDJU4QRXQ bearish

    Whaaaa, Brady put his cleat up when he slid.  Back in my day men played (and watched) this game.  Nowadays wimpy fans are looking for a penalty on every play.  Go watch soccer or a flag football game if a sliding-player’s marginally-high leg makes you queezy. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AG7KDNV4VL5NOIBBKMZ62N6L64 yahoo-AG7KDNV4VL5NOIBBKMZ62N6L64

    And you don’t care for the pats, We get that!

  • dnoel75

    Bearish – Not looking for a flag on every play, but we do want consistency. If Suh got penalized on and off the field then Brady should too. Fair is fair. I love football, but because of Brady two new rules were implented. 1. The tuck rule (Raiders AFC Game, which Pats should have lost and not one that super bowl.) 2. Hitting the QB below the knee, because of Brady’ injury. So maybe you need to tell Brady to man up it is Football.

  • dnoel75

    The three are not legit. They should not have beaten Oakland (tuck rule) That wipes out that Super bowl. Then they were caught cheating after the Rams Super Bowl video taping their practices. So in essance they have only won one Super Bowl. Not a legacy team. Maybe New England Patriots, but same Old Cheaters. Since that video taping scandal they have not done anything. I know they made it to 2 Super bowls, but lost them both. i do agree Mr. Kraft seems like a class act though.

  • Ramsfan1

    Brady is probably the softest QB in the league. 4th and 4 and he throws it away? Put your head down and at least try. He slides like a girl and is afraid of contact. Thank god we don’t have to watch that boorish team in the Superbowl.

  • dnoel75

    i meant won that Super bowl not the number one.

  • aztectrumpet

    Part of it is the poor sportsmanship of Belichick gets projected on Brady a bit since they are so closely connected.

  • aztectrumpet

    In some intances RB’s should really be flagged for these when a defender is just trying to tackle them and the RB lowers head to ram defender. Hapened a couple times this weekend at least.

    The pile was because ravens recovered fumble and Pats tred to take it back.

  • Christopher Molina

    you know Defenses get flagged if they touch the quarterback because of brady right?? Men played??? they why the hell did he slide and not take the tackle like a man??? brady is the wimp

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E42HURXXXK4IRL73NUXPQZLMPQ alain

    Incorrect – was a Pats fan who does not like cheaters: America does not like
    cheaters, ask Lance….. if you support the Pats, you support cheating….and
    the Billionaire Krafts simply laugh at the boobs who continue to line their
    pockets and egos as they got away with it due to the NFL not wanting to further
    damage the league as a whole.  Do you really care that much about a
    uniform and a logo to set aside your morals and ethics?  Because that’s
    all you must be supporting as you ignore what’s really behind it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E42HURXXXK4IRL73NUXPQZLMPQ alain

    B)  If you cheated, not legit, Pats cheated during those SBs
    C)  One senator plus Leahy = 2.  NFL has antitrust exemption that had to be battled as well…….inquiry came from the senate…are you saying that this doesn’t count and they didn’t cheat?  Senate investigated ..get over it.
    D) First SB (Giants) was during same year they were caught….then tebows, then clock gate, then Houston…..not really much to discuss there.
    E) If Krafts didn’t know, and had class…..Billy would have been gone….Sullivans had class….Krafts have no integrity.

    Sour grapes on your end….when the public knows what happened….and everywhere you turn ….you end up arguing aimlessly 

  • createland

     Reed didn’t have a problem with it, why should you?  I’ll tell you why, you’re jealous of the Patriots accomplishments and just want to hear yourself spout off.  By the way sue is not how you spell his name, it is S.U.H.  Shows how much you know about football.  and another thing for all you idiots here, when a quarterback slides feet first, the normal reaction is your feet elevate, not to kick someone but because the weight of your trunk is greater than the weight of your legs/feet.  Suh rolled over and then kicked Schaub in the groin.  Again know what you are talking about

  • createland

     DUMDUM, he didn’t kick anyone in the groin period.  The punks are Pollard (P for punk ) and Lewis (L for liar)

  • createland

     Ok you little pussy boy

  • createland

    No Pollard is dirty, back to back unnecessary roughness calls in the Indy game and Gronkowski’s ankle last year.  Review that play, watch the complete 90 degree twist and tell me he isn’t dirty.  Another Jack Tatum

  • createland

    The only cheap is your mouth

  • createland

     Spoken like a typical female.  For your information the officials miss much more than 1 or 2 calls in a game.  They usually even out if you are an unbiase fan, which you are not.

  • createland

     Alain you need to get your facts straight, loser

  • createland

     I think you had better check with the league before taking away any super bowls

  • createland

     Alain you should shut up and let people think your stupid rather than open your mouth and confirm it.  Did you work on any NFL investigation – NO.  My cousin did and no charges were filed.  The Kraft family has a lot more class than the Alain family that is for sure.  You are so ignorant it is not worth posting any more.  Have fun, see you in hell

  • createland

    STFU

  • createland

     Funny Kenny, every NFL team (read that EVERY) did video taping of the opponents.  The Pats did it after they were told along with everyone else to stop.  Whether Billy B was aware of it or not, they paid a price for it.  Baseball teams do it everyday.  They also slide with spikes (real spikes) up too.

  • createland

     Why don’t you tell him dnoel.  while your at it tell Joe theisman.

  • dnoel75

    Joe Theisman’s injury was way worse than Brady’s and yet he never complained about L.T. nor about being hit. He did not expect the league to change the rules because of the hit, or because he was a starting QB. He knows it is football. If you can arrange a meeting with Mr. Theisman I would be honored to talk to him.

  • dnoel75

    I dont need to check with the league to have my opinion. They are not as  great of a team as people think.
     Since you are a diehard Pats fan there is no way we will agree so we might as well agree to disagree. 

  • createland

     So now you are a doctor.  Theisman’s injury was a compound fracture of the leg, Brady’s was a torn ACL and MCL.  Both are serious and not to be taken lightly.

  • dnoel75

    I am not a doctor, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express. So thank you. With todays surgical procedures someone can return form with ACL /MCL tears just ask Adrian Peterson. However, with Theisman’s fx (fracture)he had tib/fib fx along with ligament and tendon tears so yes his injury was more serious. After about 8 years of med. school and internships you might know that too.

  • createland

     I don’t need 8 years as an intern to understand that.  Both injuries are serious as not all repairs to the ACL/MCL successfully return the injured to his pre-injury performance. By the way, the “Tuck Rule” was in affect during the Pats/Raiders game.  Brady did not create the rule, the league just clarified the rule in the off-season.