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Tom Brady tells Ravens to learn the rule book

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had some words of advice for the Baltimore Ravens following this weekend's game: "Study the rule book."

During Saturday's divisional round playoff matchup between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field from a formation that included just four offensive linemen.

The formation left ineligible skill position players lined up wide, while the Ravens were forced to guess who was eligible and who was not.

Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh was one of many that were unhappy with the so-called trickeration from the Patriots.

"Nobody's ever seen that before," Harbaugh said, via the Associated Press. "It's not something anybody's ever done before. The league will look at that type of thing and I'm sure that they'll make some adjustments."

Harbaugh was eventually flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing with the officials.

While members of the Baltimore Ravens may have felt duped, Tom Brady just thinks they need to spend some time looking over the rule book to avoid being caught off guard again.

"Maybe those guys gotta study the rule book and figure it out," Brady said after the game, via USA Today. "We obviously knew what we were doing and we made some pretty important plays. It was a real good weapon for us. Maybe we'll have something in store next week."

It may rub some people the wrong way, but the Patriots and Tom Brady did everything within the rules.

Considering the defense should be able to locate eligible and ineligible wide receivers during their pre-snap reads, this bit of confusion is on the Baltimore Ravens and not jedi Bill Belichick.

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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Brandon LaFell #19 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Baltimore Ravens the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field following the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hug following the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots reacts after intercepting a pass to end the game during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Brian Tyms #84, Shane Vereen #34, and Julian Edelman #80 of the New England Patriots react after Edelman caught a touchdown pass during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline in the second half against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown pass on a flea flicker play during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Fans react during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on after a play in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: A fan holds a sign during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Justin Forsett #29 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Justin Forsett #29 of the Baltimore Ravens runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on in the first half against the New England Patriots during the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Owen Daniels #81 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens hands the ball offsides turnover Justin Forsett #29 in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown against Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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