Tom Brady ended up on the winning side (just about) as the New England Patriots overcame a surprisingly resilient New York Jets in Foxborough Thursday night.
The veteran quarterback threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots eked past their NFC East rivals 27-25. Brady, like the Patriots as a whole, was efficient if not spectacular on the night when it came to his usual job - he performed above expectations when it came to one other aspect of the game however.
The growing art of flopping.
Attempting to scramble to the sidelines in the closing minutes of the second quarter Brady took a late shot out of bounds from Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes.
Brady's fall to the floor in that instance can be excused considering the force a 251 pound LB can generate when coming in at full speed.
It was in the shoving match that ensued though where Tom Brady did his best work. After brushing shoulders with Jets defensive tackle Leger Douzable the Patriots man stumbles backwards for a few steps before clearly realising the opportunity that has presented itself and promptly crumbling to a heap on the gridiron.
You can check out a Gif of the oscar-worthy performance HERE.
Tom Brady will rightly draw criticism for his flopping antics but while the growing trend towards adopting dives usually reserved for the NBA or soccer has no place in the NFL, his actions do actually point to some very quick thinking from the experienced quarterback.
With flags flying on the play after Patriots lineman Jordan Devey reciprocated barnes' shove on Brady with one of his own New England were set to receive a 15-yard penalty on the play.
Brady's flop then, had it actually garnered any attention from the officials, could have helped save his team the penalty yards at a time when the Patriots were looking to reach the end zone with just 11 seconds left to play in the half.