Tom Brady's 3rd down punt upsets the Denver Broncos

You make the call: Was Tom Brady's punt a classless move?

1/16/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect



Tom Brady was unquestionably great against the Denver Broncos on Saturday night. He threw for a record-tying 6 touchdowns and had his way with the Denver defense the entire game. Oh, and he also was the game's leading punter with a 48 yards-per-punt average.

Yes, you read that correctly. Up 45-10, on 3rd and 10 with a little more than 3 minutes left in the game, Brady unleashed a 48-yard booming punt, pinning the Broncos back at their own 10-yard line.

Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller was clearly upset, and responded with a pretty clear cheap shot on Patriots center Dan Connolly. Both Miller and defensive end Robert Ayers were flagged after the ensuing scrum, and the Broncos wound up starting the drive at the 5 yard line.

Obviously the Broncos were frustrated at the way the the game was going, and the punt was the straw that broke the camel's back. Even some Patriots fans are saying it was a typical, Belichickian move without any class at all.

Was Miller right to lash out at the Patriots? Was the punt a classless act, or just another genius scheme? What's your take?

Bonus: Here are all 6 of Brady's touchdown passes. Enjoy.




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1/16/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Seriously, that hand shake thing will end up in some manners book on how to/not congratulate an opponent!

Or on how not to act after you lose a game...

1/16/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I don't know if you are just posting as an add-on or thought I was disagreeing, but either way,  I agree.

Well mostly... the "classless" part, I've never really cared about...and the professional part either really. It's a sport, it's emotional, tempers flare people fight. I think it should be allowed to some degree because anger and frustration are natural emotions in a competition. People get snippy and butt hurt. I miss the 80s.

Hell, I f***ing wish fighting was allowed  at my job. lol

I was just gonna say, if I acted like Von Miller I'd be thrown in jail even though I'd love to strangle a few people that I work with.

1/16/12   |   Debi_L   |   11778 respect

 I thought it was absolutely, totally, completely...................hilarious.  I was sitting there going "WTF??" then I just started to laugh...and laugh.  Even the reaction was funny.  Reminded me of my kids when they were 4 and not getting their own way.

1/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61212 respect

beerstudk wrote:
If your pissed because you haven't been able to stop them all day and then they throw you a bone by punting on 3rd then you obviously weren't doing your job.  Rook or Vet, these guys are expected to be professional and act accordingly.  If they had ben able to stop them in the first place that play wouldn't have happened, go into the locker room and rip your team.  Don't go after the guy that's kicked your a$$ all day, that's what was classles about the whole situation.

I don't know if you are just posting as an add-on or thought I was disagreeing, but either way,  I agree.

Well mostly... the "classless" part, I've never really cared about...and the professional part either really. It's a sport, it's emotional, tempers flare people fight. I think it should be allowed to some degree because anger and frustration are natural emotions in a competition. People get snippy and butt hurt. I miss the 80s.

Hell, I f***ing wish fighting was allowed  at my job. lol

1/16/12   |   JenX63   |   32436 respect

beerstudk wrote:
Totally okay with it.  The only bigger over-reaction than Von Miller this season was Jim Schwartz going postal on Jim Harbaugh cuz his hand was shook too hard

Seriously, that hand shake thing will end up in some manners book on how to/not congratulate an opponent!

1/16/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

kobe_lova wrote:

That could've been anybody. Rookie or vet. Happens all the time when people get pissed. He'll learn from it.


I thought it was funny too. He wanted to punt during the game, should've stopped it.

If your pissed because you haven't been able to stop them all day and then they throw you a bone by punting on 3rd then you obviously weren't doing your job.  Rook or Vet, these guys are expected to be professional and act accordingly.  If they had ben able to stop them in the first place that play wouldn't have happened, go into the locker room and rip your team.  Don't go after the guy that's kicked your a$$ all day, that's what was classles about the whole situation.

1/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61212 respect

Kenne wrote:
His punt was no where near as classless as Von Miller's violent reaction. These rookies need to learn to grow up at the professional level.

That could've been anybody. Rookie or vet. Happens all the time when people get pissed. He'll learn from it.


I thought it was funny too. He wanted to punt during the game, should've stopped it.

1/16/12   |   JenX63   |   32436 respect

I thought it was hilarious. Dude was trying to win a game. That it didn't work made it even funnier. I hope they show replays forever on that.

1/16/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Totally okay with it.  The only bigger over-reaction than Von Miller this season was Jim Schwartz going postal on Jim Harbaugh cuz his hand was shook too hard

1/16/12   |   billywa   |   658 respect

I'm gonna go with a lack of class by Belichek.  I'd expect something like that from the Jets and Rex Ryan, but I always thought the Pats were content to keeps things business-like on the field...

1/16/12   |   Kenne   |   15859 respect

His punt was no where near as classless as Von Miller's violent reaction. These rookies need to learn to grow up at the professional level.