Report: NFL to review Brady's slide in AFC Championship


Report: NFL to review Brady's slide in AFC Championship

The AFC Championship game is over but at least one more play is reportedly under review.
Tom Brady's second quarter feet-first slide will be given another look by NFL officials, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The quarterback went to the ground at the end of his run to avoid a hit from Baltimore safety Ed Reed. But at the end of the move, Brady kicked up his right leg and made contact with his would-be tackler.
The Ravens cried foul after the game.
"You've got to keep them legs down," safety Bernard Pollard told's Danny Picard. "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."
The decision to fine Brady or not will not be an easy one as intent is nearly impossible to prove. Officials ran into a similar situation in November when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
Suh was fined 30,000 when all was said and done.
But he's also a player who's racked up 77,500 in fines over the last three years. Considering Brady's lack of rap sheet and the NFL's penchant for protecting quarterbacks, the outcome could be completely different.

Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32


Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32

NEW ORLEANS - Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn't be denied near the goal line and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.

Cheers turned to boos, and many fans filed out early.

Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.

"It was real fun. Everybody was doing their job and everybody was playing for each other," Coleman said. "Everything clicked, and we got it done. It's a real big win for us to beat this team here."

The game coincided with New Orleans' celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Saints' memorable return to the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, 13 months after Hurricane Katrina. But there would be no reprise of New Orleans' dominant and emotional 23-3 triumph over Atlanta a decade ago.

The Saints' depleted defense struggled to slow Freeman, who rushed for 152 yards and caught five passes for 55 yards. Coleman also was effective in the passing game out of the backfield, with three receptions for 47 yards to go with his 42 yards rushing.

"We have to stop the run better," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "They were over 200 yards in situations where you knew the run was coming, even at the end of the game."

Ryan finished with 240 yards passing for Atlanta (2-1), which did not turn the ball over and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Drew Brees put up his usual big numbers - 376 yards and three TDs passing - and hit tight end Coby Fleener seven times for 109 yards and a TD. But Brees' tipped pass that resulted in Jones' TD return early in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons a 45-25 lead that proved too much for New Orleans to overcome.