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Woodson: "I think we had that game stolen from us."

Packers CB discusses infamous “Tuck rule game.” Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This February 01, 2011, 03:40 PM EST

DALLAS—Charles Woodson still remembers.

It was cold, snowy night in Foxboro on January 19, 2002 when the then 25-year-old Woodson sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from behind with less than two minutes to play, causing the ball to come loose. Oakland linebacker Greg Biekert recovered the fumble and it looked as if Woodson and the Raiders were headed to the AFC Championship game.

We all know what happened next.

NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2 was “properly interpreted” and the Raiders went on to lose in overtime, 16-13 in the classic 2002 AFC Divisional Round matchup that has come to be known as “The Tuck Rule Game.”

“I think we had that game stolen from us,” Woodson said Tuesday afternoon from Cowboys Stadium during Media Day. “There’s no guarantee that we’d have gone on to win that Super Bowl, but I think there was an opportunity that was stolen.”

Woodson faced a myriad of questions during the Packers’ one-hour media session on Tuesday, but it was interesting to see him think back and remember one of the most infamous plays in NFL history.

While the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year is thrilled to have another opportunity to play for the NFL’s ultimate prize, you can tell he’s still not happy with what went down on that snowy night back in 2002.

“It wasn’t the game that dictated it. It was somebody’s interpretation that determined that game, determined that outcome. That’s the part the hurts.”

There’s no doubt Woodson will look to replace those memories with something a bit fonder Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Feb 01, 2011
04:20 PM

Dude, I'm just a fan and I still haven't completely gotten over that one. I wanted the Raiders to win that night, big time, so Jerry Rice, possibly my favorite player, ever, could get one more shot at the glory. Of course he'd get his chance a year later, but to watch him not get his shot and watch that ridiculous rule lauch the rise of The Hoodie and Tom Terrific...ugh!

If only I had a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor....

Rob C.
Feb 01, 2011
04:25 PM

When is somebody going to ask Woodson about him hitting Brady in the head on that play? And no, it wasn't legal to do that back then. 2001 is when they started cracking down on that kind of thing.

Feb 03, 2011
02:18 PM

The Pats also had a fifth down conversion in that game, and a Raiders made FG was waived off due to a "scoreboard operator malfunction" then there was the Harris 'defensive holding' call where he got clipped by a Pats wideout while breaking on an INT chance in the second half, the game was a litany of horse shit calls.

prom dress
Mar 25, 2011
02:09 AM

The article writes quite goodly, I like

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