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R.I.P. Tuck Rule 

The NFL has passed new rule changes today, and both will effect games in 2013 immediately. The first rule change is the exit of the tuck rule, the tuck rule became famous as a result of the 2001-2002 playoff game bewteen the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots. 


Here is a explanation of the rule, 

A quarterback’s throwing motion begins when he raises the ball in his hand and begins to move his arm forward; that motion doesn’t end until the quarterback tucks the ball back against his body, making him a runner. If the ball comes loose any time in between, it’s an incomplete pass, not a fumble. 

The rule came in to play when Tom Brady was the victim of a sack fumble by Charles Woodson, the play was rule not a fumble because Brady was bringing the ball back to his chest. Not to take away from the Patriots team but this play/rule was a big reason why they advanced and eventually won the Super Bowl. 

Now to the second rule, as we posted yesterday a running back can no longer use the crown of his helmet to run through an opponent. Running backs will now be penalized 15-yards if they use their helemt 3-yards up field or outside the tackle box. 

Like the rules, don’t like the rules, let us know what you think. 


– John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)