---Today marks the 10th anniversary of the “Tuck Rule Game’’ which saw referee Walt Coleman controversially overturn Tom Brady’s fumble to give the ball back to New England, setting up the Patriots’ 16-13 overtime victory over Oakland and igniting a dominant New England run
Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson stripped the ball from Brady in the fourth quarter and linebacker Greg Biekert recovered the fumble with less than two minutes remaining. But Coleman invoked the little-known Tuck Rule during a booth review and declared the play an incomplete pass because Brady’s arm had been moving forward. That gave the ball back to New England who forced the game into overtime on a 45-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri.
"I remember waiting in the snow waiting for Walt Coleman to come out and give us his ruling," former Pats great Tedy Bruschi said. "I was talking to (former Raider) Tim Brown out on the field because when replays are being discussed players will talk to other players on the other side of the ball and argue about this and that. I was talking to Tim Brown and I said, 'Tim, I think that's the Tuck Rule.' ''
Bruschi said he remembered a game earlier that season in a loss to the St. Louis Rams where the Tuck Rule went against New England on a fumble by quarterback Kurt Warner. Then Rams coach Mike Martz said afterwards that the Patriots were a Super Bowl caliber team.
Since that game, New England has captured eight AFC East championships, four AFC titles and three Super Bowls.