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Top 17 Most Controversial Sports Calls

8. The Tuck Rule

2001 NFL AFC Divisional Playoff Game: New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders: This call still has Raiders fans scratching their heads. In the 2001 AFC divisional game between the Patriots and the Raiders, Pats QB Tom Brady dropped back to pass. Charles Woodsen hit Brady, knocking the ball free. A Raiders player recovered it and it seemed as if the Raiders had the victory in the bag. But it wasn’t so simple. The play, originally called a recovered fumble, was reversed.
After an instant replay, referee Walt Coleman declared the play an incomplete forward pass, and gave possession back to the Patriots. His reasoning? An obscure NFL rule known as the Tuck Rule. Coleman said that even though Brady wasn't attempting a pass at the time of the hit, he was trying to tuck the ball back in after making a pass, and under NFL rules when a QB loses the ball while trying to bring it back in, the result is an incomplete pass.

Fans were outraged. But the NFL stands behind Coleman’s decision, and has refused to remove The Tuck Rule from the rulebook. (Photo: AP)

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