Dan Shaughnessy What if the ‘Tuck Rule’ never was? ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS Trailing 13-10 with just less than 2 minutes to play, Brady was hit on a first down from the Raiders' 42-yard line by Charles Woodson. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff Brady had his arm raised and was set to throw. He brought the ball forward and then down to his waist. He was about to move the ball to his left hand when Woodson hit him. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The ball popped loose from Brady, and officials ruled the play a fumble. Oakland recovered in its own end. With the Patriots out of timeouts, the Raiders seemingly could run out the clock to win the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Instead, after video review, referee Walt Coleman employed the tuck rule -- instituted less than three years before the game -- to call the play an incomplete pass and award the ball back to the Patriots.