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Do you remember the Tuck rule? Las Vegas Raiders fans, we know you do, as it’s not exactly your favorite thing to ever happen to your franchise, but just a refresher: during the 2001 AFC division game, Tom Brady – as at the time still was Drew Bledsoe’s replacement and not the probably greatest quarterback of all time – fell back to fit. Charles Woodson tackled him, Brady fumbled, the Raiders recovered, and the New England Patriots’ Cinderella season ended.
Except Brady Had not fumbled. An obscure rule dictated that even though Brady seemed to stick the ball into his chest, it was still technically a passing move, and therefore the game was judged as an incomplete pass. The Patriots ended up coming back to equalize in the fourth quarter and win in a snow-covered overtime with an Adam Vinatieri field goal. The Patriots would go on to win six Super Bowls with Brady down the middle, while the Raiders … did not.
So it’s probably not much consolation for the faithful Raiders that Brady, in a piggyback by Justin Bieber who asked people to “tell him something honest” on TikTok, whispered an admission about the game that it might, just maybe, have been a fumble.
Everyone, keep this low, please. pic.twitter.com/xPtrg1kXjr
– Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 5, 2022
Of course, Brady no doubt trolls here. But that probably makes it so much worse.