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NFL Getting Rid of Tuck Rule?

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Very few rules in pro football gets the ire of NFL fans than the infamous “tuck rule,” which really came to prominence in the 2002 playoffs.

Now, the NFL Competition Committee is suggesting the league abandon the controversial rule, which helped the New England Patriots defeat the Oakland Raiders more than a decade ago.

The “tuck rule” states a quarterback who loses control of the ball when bringing to his body after a pump fake has thrown an incomplete pass.  The new rule would make it a fumble.

In the 2002 game, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was hit by corner Charles Woodson.  A video replay overturned the call of a fumble on the field.  The Patriots drive was prolonged and they went on to win the game.

League owners will vote on this and five other proposed changes at their owners meetings running this Sunday through Wednesday.

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