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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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.
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.