Tonight the Patriots play on Thursday Night Football, so NFL Network thought it was the perfect time to premiere ‘The Timeline: The Tuck Rule’ considering the terrible rule and its incorrect application started the Patriots’ dynasty*.
For many Raiders fans, reliving that moment is the last thing they want to do. That’s understandable. The moment is held up as one of the NFLs greatest plays even though it should be one of its most shameful moments.
The only ‘play’ that was made was the one by Charles Woodson on the blitz to bat the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands where Greg Biekert recovered it. That ‘play’ was stolen from the Raiders and allowed the Patriots to kick a field goal to tie it and ultimately win* the game.
Had the fantastic play by Woodson and the Raiders’ defense stood as originally called, the Raiders could have kneeled out the clock for the win and Tom Brady and the Spygatriots’ dynasty* would have had to wait or may never have existed in the first place.
I doubt NFL Network will be delving much into any conspiracy theories. They are more like to worship at the altar of the Belichick and Brady, but if you’re morbidly curious to find out exactly how they handle it, you will have your chance tonight immediately following the TNF game between the Patriots and Buccaneers.