It was a questionable play from the get-go. Chiefs linebacker Breeland Speaks was able to get Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but then he let him go.
Speaks seemed to have his arms wrapped around Brady late in Sunday night’s game, but then fell to the ground and allowed Brady to run for a 4-yard touchdown that helped New England’s late rally. The Patriots went on to defeat the Chiefs, 43-40.
“I thought the ball was gone, I ain’t taking him to the ground,” Speaks told reporters, via NFL.com. “It sucks. It sucks. You’re supposed to finish plays like that.”
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It was Brady’s first rushing touchdown beyond the 1-yard since 2012, and he was equally confused on the play.
“Yeah, I don’t know what happened,” Brady said. “They doubled three guys on the play, and I’m just glad. I’ve got to watch it (Monday), but I got close to the goal line and figured I’d just try to get it in. We needed it.”
The number of penalties handed down by the league and its new emphasis on roughing-the-passer rules appeared to have an effect on the way Speaks, a rookie, played against the veteran play-caller.
“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.”
Speaks, who was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2018 draft, finished with six combined tackles and one sack. It was his best performance to date, and he now has 11 combined tackles and one sack through six career games.