Maybe the Ravens shouldn’t complain about the ungainly kick slide from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Maybe, in reality, they should thank him.
Via CSNBaltimore.com, safety Ed Reed says the maneuver actually stirred up the road team in the AFC title game.
“Brady’s a great competitor, and I love going against him, and I know where his heart is at for this game,” Reed said. “It was all good, man. Kind of fired the fuel, though. Put fuel on the fire . . . for us to want to play even harder though and hit even harder and just be successful.”
The facts support Reed’s contention. On the next play after the slide, the Patriots kicked a field goal. And they thereafter didn’t score another point for the rest of the game.
The Ravens, in contrast, scored 21.