#5 Tom Brady on the 2001 Tuck rule game
The tuck rule game.
It’s one of the darkest days in Raiders' history, and the Las Vegas Raiders probably still feel the sting of that loss to this day. In fact, between a chance to move on to the AFC Championship game and the Raiders already up by three at the time, it could have been the year that the team finally got back to the Super Bowl!
Unfortunately for the Raiders, history would have other plans, and a series of events would play out that were so unbelievably ridiculous , that it’s almost impossible to believe. First, the Patriots were down by three with not much time left on the clock. Tom Brady almost attempted a pass, but then tucked his hand to his side. The future GOAT was then tackled by Charles Woodson, which forced the ball out.
Now, the tuck rule would usually deem that the fake pass was a forward motion and that losing the ball would result in a fumble, but it didn’t turn out that way. While the referees originally ruled the play a fumble that was recovered by the Raiders, the decision was reviewed and ultimately overturned. Brady would then go on to drive his team down the field and win the game.
“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,” Brady said about the tuck rule game” 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.”