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New England Patriots: Was Tom Brady's Slide a Dirty Play?

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Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) slides to avoid a hit from Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) during the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

 

In the AFC Conference Title game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, the Ravens came out victorious in their quest for Super Bowl XLVII.

Although the Patriots have officially entered their off-season, there still remains one piece of controversy about the game in New England.

Late in the second quarter, the Patriots offense was marching downfield for a score right before half time.  On a play deep in Baltimore territory, Tom Brady was forced out of the pocket from oncoming pressure on his right.

Running left, he made the decision to tuck it and grab what yards he could with his legs.  Indeed, something we don’t always expect Tom Brady to do.

After gaining about three yards, incoming safety Ed Reed forced the veteran quarterback into a slide to protect himself.

However, the debate started when Tom Brady flipped his leg higher in the air than a quarterback would normally do during a protection slide. He nearly injured the other veteran in the process, as Reed jumped to avoid any major harm from the metal cleat.

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