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The Tuck Rule is Reborn

Date: January 19, 2002

Final Score: Raiders 13 Patriots 16

The Raiders were set.  With 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter of the AFC divisional playoff game, Brady's old Michigan teammate Charles Woodson shot around the Pat's O-line, hitting him from the back and forcing what seemed to be a game-saving fumble.  Think again.  Despite an obvious pump by Brady, the Walt Coleman reviewed the play and cited what is today known as the "Tuck Rule." The Pats tied the game up and went on to win in OT.

Rule 3, Section 21, Article 2, Note 2 of the NFL Official Rules

"When a player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his hand starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. Also, if the player has tucked the ball into his body and then loses possession, it is a fumble."

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