Kraft Worried When He Say Brady Belted on TD Plunge

Kraft 'shuddered' when Brady belted on TD plunge

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he
shuddered when he saw Tom Brady take a hard hit to his lower back
on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the AFC championship game.

      Brady scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter
of New England's 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

      On Monday, Kraft said he even thought Brady's back might have
been broken on the hit by linebacker Ray Lewis. But the quarterback
popped right up, spiked the ball and punched the air in
celebration.

      Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater said Monday the hit wasn't
a dirty play. And several Patriots said the game was especially
physical.

      The victory sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl against the New
York Giants on Feb. 5.
      

      
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