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Tom Brady tries to run upfield and gets tackled by official, summing up his day (VIDEO)

Frank Schwab
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Tom Brady probably should have known it wasn't his day when he tried to run upfield against the Ravens and got tackled by an official.

The first play after the two-minute warning of the first half in the AFC championship game, the Patriots' quarterback eluded the rush and got past the line of scrimmage. He had plenty of field in front of him, but needed to avoid linebacker Ray Lewis. That's not an easy task, and it's much more difficult when the umpire knocks you over.

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Brady ran left, but umpire Chad Brown anticipated him going right. So while Brown was trying to run away, he couldn't get out of the way fast enough for Brady. Brady ran right into Brown's back and fell to the ground, giving Lewis the easy tackle. The Patriots picked up the first down after that unexpected tackle by the umpire, and Brady was unlikely to pull a Colin Kaepernick and outrun the Ravens to the end zone, but it was still a funny play that ended up being a microcosm of Brady's day.

Sunday ended up being another disappointing big game loss for Brady and the Patriots. There's no shame in winning 10 or more games every year and losing in the small sample size of the one-and-done NFL playoffs, but the frustrations have to be mounting for Brady, who couldn't lead the Patriots to any points in the second half as the Ravens advanced to the Super Bowl with a 28-13 win.

Brady has had better days, and he's had better moments than getting upended by an official in the open field.

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