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Bernard Pollard wasn't happy with the way Tom Brady slid toward Ed Reed on Sunday night, and the NFL apparently has taken notice.
According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the NFL is reviewing the play late in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game in which Brady scrambled and went into a slide as Reed closed in on him.
With the Patriots driving in the final 30 seconds of the half, Brady scrambled to his left and then slid, extending his right leg with his spikes up. He appeared to jab the leg toward Reed, who hurdled him but was hit in the leg by Brady's foot. Reed was not injured on the play but did get up slowly.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was furious at the time, arguing for a penalty, which was not called. With less than 20 seconds left in the half, Brady quickly got up and rushed to line up for another play.
On Monday, Pollard wasn't buying the notion that any contact was incidental.
"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.”
The league office knows Pollard well for his thunderous hits, which have lightened his wallet considerably over the years. Ravens defenders Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe and Chykie Brown all have been fined by the NFL this year for hits, and Pollard says offensive players -- particularly quarterbacks -- need to be held to the same disciplinary standard as defensive players.
"If you want to keep the game clean, you want to keep this thing going in the right direction, everybody needs to be penalized for their actions,” Pollard said.
Was Brady's slide an intentional, spikes-up shot at Reed? You can watch it again here and judge for yourself.