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Earl Thomas tackled Devonta Freeman by punching him in the face

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People bemoan the state of the modern National Football League because of a perceived bias towards the offensive side of the ball, with defenses being unfairly penalized all the time.

However, it seems that the Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has found a way to redress the balance between offense and defense in football.

Amazingly, it comes in the form of a new way to stop opponents - the punch tackle. Thomas debuted the move on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and their very unlucky running back, Devonta Freeman. Scroll down to see the clip.

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Punch Tackle

That is just something we have never seen before. I have absolutely no idea what is going through Thomas' mind when he aims that punch. But at least he looks like Superman while doing it.

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Illegal Play

Despite how cool it might look, what Thomas did was definitely against NFL rules, which forbid any punches. Here's what the rulebook states:

"A player may not bat or punch: (a) A loose ball (in field of play) toward his opponent’s goal line or in any direction in either end zone. (b) A ball in player possession."

Thomas was almost certainly going for the ball to try and force a fumble, but the end result was something ridiculous, with Freeman's half turn away from danger actually putting himself in the way of more jeopardy - and a punch to the face.

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