The Tuck Rule
Game: 2001 NFL AFC Divisional Playoff Game
Match-up: Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots
With the snow coming down in Foxboro, Tom Brady sits in the pocket like a sitting duck. All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson delivers a bone-crunching hit to Brady's blind side, jarring the ball loose with Brady in the middle of a pump fake. An Oakland player dives on the loose ball, seemingly ending the Patriot threat and the game. After an official review, the fumble call on the field was overturned and everyone became familiar with the Tuck Rule:
"When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm 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."
With a second chance, Brady found David Patten on a 13-yard-reception, which set up Adam Vinatierri for a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. Vinatierri would later hit a game-clinching filed goal in overtime and the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.