It’s hard to forget that fateful day in 2002 when the New England Patriots were trailing the Oakland Raiders 13-10 and driving for the game-tying score, but Tom Brady was sacked as he had pulled the ball back toward his body after a pump fake when it was knocked away. The Raiders fell on the ball and appeared to have iced a 13-10 win. But Brady and the Pats were protected by one of the most mysterious and controversial rules in NFL history dubbed “the tuck rule”. The Patriots went on to win the game as they made a memorable run to the Super Bowl, where they claimed their first of three championships.
Now, 11 years later, the tuck rule is no more:
NFL passes the measures on the tuck rule and the rule change regarding penalties for ball carriers striking with their helmets
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 20, 2013
Also, the new “runningack leading with the helmet” rule was passed:
Running back rule passed, 31-1. Illegal to lower crown of helmets. Tuck rule also passed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2013
It’s good to see the NFL finally abolished one of the worst rules in all of professional sports, though the Oakland Raiders haven’t exactly forgotten:
Tuck Rule? It’s been 11 years, 1 month and 23 days…but who’s counting? twitter.com/RAIDERS/status…
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 14, 2013