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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spikes the ball after scrambling for a touchdown in the first quarter on a broken pass play.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spikes the ball after scrambling for a touchdown in the first quarter on a broken pass play. (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got into an altercation during the first half of the AFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday.

When McPhee's leg made contact with Brady while he celebrated a sack, Brady lost his temper and the two players confronted each other. An official intervened quickly, but tossed Brady to the ground in the process of breaking it up.

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Brady composed himself and threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another to beat the Ravens, 35-31, at Gillette Stadium.

"I don't know why he lost it," McPhee said. "I guess he was mad because we were hitting him early and often. He just got mad. It's awesome that we kind of got in his head in the first half, but that's why he's the player he is.

"He shut it off and started playing like a Most Valuable Player. I have no beef with Brady. He's an elite quarterback, too. That's what he's paid to do and he made great throws."

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