The "tuck rule" play meets up with the Red Sox' 1967 "Impossible Dream" season in the second round of Boston's Greatest Sports Moment tournament.
3. Tuck rule playWhenever a team wins a championship, people often can look back on one moment and wonder, "What if that had turned out differently?" For the 2001 New England Patriots, the "tuck rule" call was that moment. The scene was Foxboro Stadium on Jan. 19, 2002, the Patriots hosting Raiders in an AFC divisional playoff game. Oakland took a 13-10 lead into the final two minutes of the fourth quarter as heavy snowfall continued to layer the field's surface. With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attempting to lead a game-saving drive, Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson sacked Brady, who appeared to fumble the ball — and the Patriots' season — in the process. After reviewing the play, officials determined that Brady's arm was continuing a forward movement, therefore making the pass incomplete. Thanks to the "tuck rule," the Patriots maintained possession. Adam Vinatieri went on to kick a game-tying field goal, along with the game-winner in overtime, and the Patriots kept marching on that postseason all the way to their first Super Bowl championship.
6. Red Sox win 'Impossible Dream' pennantWhen Red Sox fans hear the year 1967, they immediately think of the Red Sox team that completed a Cinderella season. The Red Sox hadn't compiled a winning record in eight years, and no one expected them to play well, let alone get to the World Series, in '67. The Red Sox fought for clutch wins against the Tigers and Indians down the stretch, and won their last two games of the season to cap off the improbable campaign. Paced by Carl Yastrzemski's Triple Crown season with 121 RBIs, 44 home runs and .326 batting average, the Red Sox advanced to the World Series for the first time in 21 years. The accomplishment earned the nickname "The Impossible Dream."
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