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Chiefs LB Breeland Speaks says new point of emphasis impacted Tom Brady's rushing touchdown

Ryan Hannable
October 15, 2018 - 6:00 am
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FOXBORO -- It was one of the most important plays of the game.

Trailing 33-30, the Patriots had third-and-goal from the four-yard line with just over five minutes remaining --Tom Brady took the snap and all his options were covered. While looking for an open receiver, Kansas City linebacker Breeland Speaks got to the 41-year-old quarterback in the pocket, but Brady was able to escape his tackle from behind and then scampered into the end zone for a touchdown.

Speaking afterwards, Speaks said he thought Brady had already thrown the ball and he didn't follow through with his tackle because he was worried about getting a penalty due to the new points of emphasis with quarterbacks this season.

"Because I thought the ball was gone, I ain't taking him to the ground," Speaks told reporters. "It sucks. It sucks. You're supposed to finish plays like that."

The linebacker said he won't make the same mistake again and if he gets flagged, he gets flagged.

"You've got to. It's just the risk we've got to take now," Speaks said. "Whether we get the flag or not, whatever happens, you've just got to go ahead and push through it and go ahead and make that play."

Meanwhile, Brady himself didn't really know what happened on the play.

"Yeah, I don't know what happened," he said. "They doubled three guys on the play and I'm just glad. I've got to watch it tomorrow, but I got close to the goal line and figured I'd just try to get it in. We needed it."

If the Patriots did not convert on the play, it would have been interesting to see what they would have done on fourth-and-goal trailing by three points at the time.

Nonetheless, it was a huge play.

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