On Wednesday March, 20, 2013 the NFL
owners decided the ‘tuck rule’ has run its course and should be
eliminated from the game. This is great news to all the fans that
were negatively affected by the ‘tuck rule’, but probably won’t
make them feel any better.
The tuck rule was a huge factor in the
2001-2002 AFC Divisional playoff game when Tom Brady was sacked by
Charles Woodson late in the fourth quarter. The Raiders then
recovered the ball and seemingly won the game as New England was
behind by three points. Initially it was called a recovered fumble,
but after review was ruled an incomplete pass. (It wasn’t until
after the game that referee Walt Coleman stated he was incorrect and
it was a fumble because of the ‘tuck rule’ and not an incomplete
pass.) The Patriots then kicked a field goal and went into overtime,
to win with another field goal.
And here we are, 11 years later, still
talking about this. Well now it’s all over, the tuck rul...