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01:39 PM ET 03.20 | NFL owners voted to eliminate the tuck rule Wednesday, and the rule was "overwhelmingly" eliminated, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The tuck rule came into the public eye, and will forever live in NFL lore, because of the 2002 Divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was hit by Charles Woodson, causing him to fumble. The play, however, was reviewed, and referee Walt Coleman invoked the tuck rule, which called the play an incomplete pass, letting the Patriots keep possession of the ball. New England went on to win that game and three of the next four Super Bowls.

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March 20, 2013  01:52 PM ET

Why now ??

March 20, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why not ??

Fixed.

March 20, 2013  02:43 PM ET

Good move. Stupid rule to begin with.

March 20, 2013  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why now ??

Because the Pats/Raiders game is now in the distant past which makes the change more palatable. Someone thought it was a good rule at one time. Can't imagine why, but someone did.

March 20, 2013  02:55 PM ET

Way too late!

March 20, 2013  03:43 PM ET

You just Broke Tom Brady's Heart, poor guy!

March 20, 2013  04:18 PM ET
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You just Broke Tom Brady's Heart, poor guy!

First Wes and now this? too much to bear. Just too much.

March 20, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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First Wes and now this? too much to bear. Just too much.

Don't worry, they got over the rule disallowing snow removal for place kickers just fine. They'll be able to carry on OK.

March 20, 2013  04:52 PM ET

My initial reaction was "good, this was a stupid rule in the first place." My second reaction is "what equally inane rule will they replace it with?"

March 20, 2013  05:07 PM ET
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My initial reaction was "good, this was a stupid rule in the first place." My second reaction is "what equally inane rule will they replace it with?"

the RB leading with the crown of the helmet rule.

March 20, 2013  05:41 PM ET
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Good move. Stupid rule to begin with.

Pats fan here. Terrible rule and I feel a little sorry for the Raiders because of said Tuck rule.

March 20, 2013  06:14 PM ET
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Pats fan here. Terrible rule and I feel a little sorry for the Raiders because of said Tuck rule.

Some calls are bad and go for you, some against. It was a bad call that the league did not want to recognize at the time so they invoke a new rule to cover a bad call, they knew it all along, but that is how it is done. Time passes and they make a new rule to get rid of the ruse rule. That is all. The alternative was to say, hey , we got it wrong. sorry. Our bad.

March 20, 2013  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

First Wes and now this? too much to bear. Just too much.

The horror.....the horror.....

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March 20, 2013  07:24 PM ET
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Thirteen years late, but who's counting?

Raiders fans.

March 20, 2013  07:27 PM ET

For a minute there I thought the owners were referring to 'Tucks'. I thought there was a rule all the owners had to use the product if their hemorrhoids flared up!!

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March 20, 2013  07:35 PM ET
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I thought you were sailing off the coast of N Korea.

Hey Dole. No, not this time. I'm glad too. That place is going to blow up!

March 20, 2013  07:36 PM ET
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Hey Dole. No, not this time. I'm glad too. That place is going to blow up!

Good safety tip!! you back at Pearl?

 
March 20, 2013  07:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

For a minute there I thought the owners were referring to 'Tucks'. I thought there was a rule all the owners had to use the product if their hemorrhoids flared up!!

LOL

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