The final game played in Foxboro Stadium may be the most memorable.
For starters, the 2001 season AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders was played in a driving snow storm.
But the end of the game was drama at its best.
The Patriots had the ball, trailing 13-10 with less than two minutes to play. Tom Brady dropped back to pass and seemingly fumbled the ball when hit by Charles Woodson, which the Raiders then recovered, which could have sealed the ball game.
However, the play was reviewed and referee Walt Coleman ruled that Brady’s arm was moving forward and he was in the process of tucking the football back into his body (note that it had not yet been tucked) and therefore the play was an incomplete pass, not a fumble. The rule, as well as the game, is now nicknamed “the tuck rule/game.”
With New England given another chance, Brady drove the Pats into field goal territory and Adam Vinatieri, kicking into the wind and snow, booted a line-drive 45-yard field goal attempt through the uprights to tie the game and send it into overtime. Starting with the ball in overtime, the Patriots drove down the field and Vinatieri produced more magic, making a 23-yard field goal to win the game.