The controversial rule that helped launch the New England Patriots’ dynasty and has haunted the Oakland Raiders for nearly a dozen years may finally be struck down.
When the N.F.L. holds its annual meeting in Arizona next week, owners will consider several significant rules changes, but only one that can be crystallized in just one history-changing play. That would be the Tuck Rule, on the books since 1999, which negated what looked to be a sure fumble by Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of a snowy A.F.C. divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders in 2002.
Officials overturned the fumble call, invoking the Tuck Rule, which currently says that if a quarterback has started his arm forward for a forward pass, even if he loses control of the ball while he is trying to stop his throwing motion or pulls the ball back toward his body, it is still part of the forward pass, and counts as an incompletion until the ball has been tucked against the body. The overturned call allowed the Patriots to keep possession. New England tied the game with an Adam Vinatieri field goal and then won in overtime with another field goal, propelling the Patriots to the first of their three Super Bowl titles.The proposed rule change – which has to be approved by 24 of the 32 owners to be accepted – would say that if the quarterback loses control of the ball as he is trying to bring it back to his body, it would be a fumble. If he loses it while still moving the arm forward, it would remain an incomplete pass. Brady, then, would have fumbled, the Raiders would have had the ball and Brady’s legacy might be very different.
Some guy cut me off on the way to work today, so I gave University of Richmond 3 more Technical's
Knicks improve without Carmelo!
Knicks improve without Carmelo!
yeah that's right i remember luck's call
is there a site that lists the tuck rules that were called over the past decade?
If the Patriots vote to keep the tuck rule, it stays regardless of how many teams vote no
Ravens vs Broncos (2013 playoff game)
See also: NFL playoffs, 2012-13
The Tuck Rule had struck again in a critical play-off game, this time between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, but in reverse. The Broncos, leading 28-21 in the 3rd quarter, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was hit by the Ravens' defensive end Pernell McPhee, but was hit just after Manning had begun his throwing motion. Manning had fumbled the ball, and the Ravens recovered it. Despite the motion of Manning's arm being similar to that of Brady's in 2001, the referees had ruled that the fumble would stand, noting that Peyton had never secured the ball, therefore the Tuck Rule could not apply. The Ravens would tie the game 5 plays later that quarter, and in the 4th quarter, again down 35-28, a dramatic touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones tied the game, and the Ravens would win the game via field goal in double OT. The Ravens would go on to beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, and win Super Bowl XLVII. Referee Bill Vidovich was unavailable for comment after the game.
Apparently Geno tore up his Pro Day
Jets are going to blow the #9 on him
Still better than wasting it on Barkley, but just awful
The tuck rule also was enforced in the NFL playoff game on January 9, 2011 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens. After this game, Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice-president for officiating, stated that he was no longer in support of the tuck rule.