Tom Brady drops back, looking for a receiver, and is standing in the pocket when Pollard, while playing for the Chiefs flies around the corner and rolls into his leg. With an ACL tear, Brady is out for the season.
Matt Cassel comes in for the rest of the year, and the Pats become the second team ever to record 11 wins and not make the playoffs. The Miami Dolphins win the AFC East, and an overtime loss to the New York Jets in November was one of the most brutal losses of the season.
Pioli and Cassel flee to Kansas City the next season.