Pollard thinks Brady should be fined

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Tom Brady's foot-up slide in the AFC Championship Game did not sit well with Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard.

During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground to end of an impromptu run. The quarterback's upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who emerged from the play without injury.

But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Pollard said Monday, "If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions."

He said Brady "knew what he was doing. It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it. If they don't, that's fine. If they do, then that's fine."

Pollard and the Patriots have quite a history. While he was with the Chiefs, it was his hit on Brady in the first quarter of the first game of 2008 that knocked the quarterback out until 2009. Pollard was also the closest defender in the area when Wes Welker tore his ACL in a game against the Texans in 2009. And in last year's AFC title game, Rob Gronkowski suffered a high-ankle sprain that would limit him in the Super Bowl courtesy of a Pollard hit.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.