Near the end of the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship game, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took off with the ball and attempted a feet-first slide to end the run. The only problem was Brady’s right leg kicked out in the direction of Ravens safety Ed Reed, who was coming in to make the tackle.
Now the NFL may want to take another look at the play to determine if Brady will be fined, ESPN reported.
Reed said in a radio interview on Monday that Brady apologized.
“He actually reached out to me, texted me. I tried to text him back, but the message exploded after 12 seconds, so I had to call him ... and he just apologized and what not. But I told him, ‘You know, it’s good, man.’”
Baltimore safety and notorious Patriots nemesis Bernard Pollard, who has been fined more than $100,000 for hits this season, took exception to the play on Reed and let his feelings be known after the game.
“You’ve got to keep them legs down,” Pollard told CSNNE. “You’ve go to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what’s going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we’re taught ... we can’t do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that’s bull crap.”
On Monday, Pollard called for the NFL to step in.
“When you slide, everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing,” Pollard said. “It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.”
Reed said his leg was “a little sore” from the play.
“I respect Brady and his game for all it stands for, and I know he’s not a dirty player. And emotions get going in the game,” Reed said.