Infamous 'Tuck Rule' could be scrapped by NFL competition committee

Friday March 15th, 2013

The NFL's competition committee will propose eliminating the now-infamous "Tuck Rule," the controversial rule that spring-boarded the New England Patriots to their first of multiple Super Bowl championships.

USA Today's Jarrett Bell reported that the competition committee will propose that NFL owners drop the rule, which was first added to the league's rulebook in 1999. The change to the rule would mean that a player would lose possession of the ball when he tries to bring it back to his body. If the quarterback loses control of the ball while trying to "tuck" it back into his body, it would be ruled a fumble.


The Oakland Raiders — the most high-profile victims of the "Tuck Rule" — cheered the news on Twitter:

The Patriots were the benefactors of the rule during an AFC Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 19, 2002. Tom Brady was hit from behind by cornerback Charles Woodson and fumbled the ball, which would have sealed the win for the Raiders. Instead, a video review overturned the call on the basis of the "Tuck Rule." The Patriots went on to win the game and their first Super Bowl.

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