Immediately preceding some uncharacteristic clock mismanagement to end the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship Game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady slid to avoid a hit from Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
Reed's teammate, Bernard Pollard, took offense to Brady pulling a Ty Cobb as he slid. Brady appeared to kick Reed in the process.
"You've got to keep them legs down," Pollard said, via Comcast SportsNet New England. "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 bullcrap."
The karate kick to Reed's thigh is just another talking point for Ravens players to harp on as they move on to the Super Bowl while Patriotsplayers tackle the Pro Bowl.