Controversial NFL Calls

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The Tuck Rule

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Was it a fumble? The Raiders thought so when Charles Woodson knocked the ball from Tom Brady during their January 2002 AFC divisional playoff game. And the officials initially ruled it a fumble recovered by Oakland, which was leading 13-10 with under two minutes to play. But after further review, the call was reversed to an incomplete pass as it was ruled Brady had begun a passing motion, stopped and tucked the ball into his body, and the tuck rule applied. The Pats kicked a field goal to send the game into OT, during which New England won it with a field goal.