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Lot # 1172: 2001 Tom Brady New England Patriots "Tuck Rule Game" Ticket Stub

Category: Football

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

AFC Wild Card/Divisional ticket stub from the famed January 19, 2002, meeting between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, famously known today as the "Tuck Rule" game. Late in the game on that snowy night in Foxborough, Charles Woodson sacked Tom Brady, who fumbled the ball away to the Raiders. The change of possession would have sealed the victory for the Raiders, as there was only 1:50 left in the game and the Patriots had no time outs. Although ruled a fumble on the field, the call was overturned after officials viewed the replay, citing NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2, which states that “When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. The call essentially changed the history of modern-day football, as Brady and the Patriots ultimately won the game and later the Super Bowl. If not for that call the Patriots would have lost the game and Tom Brady, by his own admission, would have returned to his backup role the following season, possibly never to become the record-setting Hall of Fame quarterback he is today. Our consignor attended the game that night and this ticket has been in his sole possession these past twenty years. The ticket stub (3.25x2”) displays multiple heavy creases throughout and is in Poor to Fair condition overall, but complete as issued. Accompanied by a ticket stub to the 1985 AFC Championship game played between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots at the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 12, 1986 (3.75x2”; FR-GD).

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