Tom Brady on Tuck Rule game: It’s a fluke call

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It ranks as one of the greatest games in NFL history. It also is one of the league’s most controversial.

The Raiders held a 13-10 lead with 1:50 remaining in a 2001 divisional postseason game played in a snowstorm in New England. The Patriots had a first-and-10 at the Oakland 42 when Charles Woodson hit Tom Brady, forcing what everyone thought was a fumble that linebacker Greg Biekert recovered.

Alas, the Tuck Rule, since changed, overturned the call to an incomplete pass on replay.

Adam Vinatieri‘s 45-yard field goal with 27 seconds left tied the game, and the Patriots won in overtime. The rest is history.

Brady plays Jon Gruden’s Raiders on Sunday, and the Buccaneers quarterback couldn’t stop laughing when asked if he and Gruden ever rehash one of the most infamous plays in NFL history.

“I’ve only been around him a few times – not too often – but it gets brought up every time we are around one another,” Brady said. “I could see why he hasn’t gotten over it. One of my ex-teammates, Charles Woodson, we’ve been together probably more than that, and he and I have hashed it out.

“That was just an unbelievable game. I still see it today and it’s a great part of my football history and it’s probably a very sour part of their football history, but that’s the way it goes. We had that in ’07 when we played against the Giants in the Super Bowl, and in ‘11 and in ’17 – one team wins and one team loses. It’s a fluke call, one ball bounces your way or one goes the opposite way. I’ll always feel I have some type of strong feeling or emotion toward the Raiders. I’ve played them a few times since, and they’ve got a great history of football [and] football players. Al Davis [is] just one of the pioneers in the history of the NFL. Whenever you play them, you kind of always feel that.”

The Tuck Rule game was Gruden’s last one as the Raiders head coach until he returned to the franchise in 2018.

19 responses to “Tom Brady on Tuck Rule game: It’s a fluke call

  1. The Raiders still had OT to win the game. Give it a rest, not like the Raiders never won on fluke call.

  2. Here’s come the Raider fan whining.

    They will forever ignore the fact that after this call their supposed great defense couldn’t stop the Pats driving down the field to score twice and act like that call awarded the Pats 2 scores.

  3. Terrible terrible rule. Called exactly as written. Glad they got rid of it but a rule
    Was a rule.

  4. I was there! Everyone in the stadium knew it was a fumble. But the rule at the time said otherwise. Dynasty born.

  5. Pats fan. Yes, of course he fumbled. But the rule still applied. Bad rule – got changed.

    But c’mon raiders. Anyone else old enough to remember the Holy Roller? Yeah, they changed that rule too after that one.

  6. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    October 22, 2020 at 6:32 pm
    Terrible terrible rule. Called exactly as written. Glad they got rid of it but a rule
    Was a rule.

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    Actually it was a bad call.

    The problem wasn’t the tuck rule itself. It was the fact the call on the field was fumble. For a reversal to incomplete pass there had to be conclusive and clear evidence that by the tuck rule, Brady had not finished his tuck.

    There was nothing clear and conclusive by replay. Brady appeared to have two hands on the ball for a moment so maybe he had completed his tuck? Maybe he didn’t actually literally tuck it in yet against his jersey, it wasn’t clear at all one way or the other so it should have stood as called.

    I’m a Pats fan and I can admit it. Bad call. Should have been Raider ball.

  7. That same rule caused the Patriots to finish 11-5 in 2001 instead of 12-4. It was called against them, while playing the Jets. Remember the 1976 playoff game between the Patriots and Raiders? The Raiders got a free roughing the passer call, which gave them the win. Get over it. At least that tuck rule play wasn’t on the last drive of the game.

  8. He brought the ball back down, which means he became a runner … Runners cant get away with it, why should QBs ?

  9. Woodson should have been flagged for hitting Brady in the head. Yeah, it was a rule then.

  10. There’s a lot of money wagered on NFL games. Throughout history there have been plenty of teams advancing in the playoffs because of horrible calls. It continues today. All those bad calls aren’t by accident. It’s still highly entertaining, and I don’t bet on games, but there’s stuff going on that we don’t even need to know about. The Tuk Rule was just one of the most obvious.

  11. Okay…
    Now I’m still waiting for Derek Jeter to come clean about the Jeffrey Maier “homerun”.

  12. Right call, 100%, per the rulebook. Dumb rule though.

    Patriots got bit by it earlier that same season. Did not decide this game though, Raiders just didn’t step up afterward.

  13. Vinny piped that long fg in the snow best kick I’ve ever seen Pat’s d and st won that game.

  14. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    He brought the ball back down, which means he became a runner … Runners cant get away with it, why should QBs?
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    You need to call Pat Summerall and John Madden and get this result changed ASAP.

  15. lgw91s says:
    October 22, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    Pats fan. Yes, of course he fumbled. But the rule still applied. Bad rule – got changed.

    But c’mon raiders. Anyone else old enough to remember the Holy Roller? Yeah, they changed that rule too after that one.
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    I remember the holy roller(Stabler). I remember Tatum too.
    What goes around………………

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