New England Patriots 16, Oakland Raiders 13
If this game didn't live up to an Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots playoff game, I don't know what does.
To most fans, this game is known as the "Tuck Rule" game; to most Oakland Raiders fans, it's known as the "Snow Job," in reference to the popular belief that the Raiders were unfairly ruled against by the referees.
The Patriots came into this season as a team that many believed had virtually no shot at the Super Bowl, much like many seasons prior.
However, after Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury against the New York Jets earlier in the season, Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft choice the year prior, took his place.
Brady only managed to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record and the AFC East title.
However, much like the past, the Patriots weren't expected by many people to win this game. Many thought the Raiders would beat them handily and face the Steelers for their chance at another Super Bowl.
That was far from what would take place.
In the vein of Patriots-Raiders games in the past, there had to be something that could be scrutinized and analyzed for years to come.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Patriots were driving down the field, losing 13-10, when the unthinkable happened.
Brady dropped back to pass and Charles Woodson rushed into the backfield hitting him from behind. As it looked, Brady pulled the ball back into his arms and it popped out onto the ground, which the Raiders fell on quickly, seemingly killing the Patriots' season.
However, the referees rushed the field and conferred. They wanted to review the play, which they did for some time. When they finally came back for the determination, they brought up an obscure rule unknown to many called the "Tuck Rule."
What happened afterwards is widely known: The Patriots got themselves into field goal range, kicked the tying field goal and put the game into OT. New England did what they would do multiple times in the years following—work their way into field goal range with clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri kicking the winning field goal.
With that, it created a whirlwind of controversy across Raider nation, as the Patriots eventually became Super Bowl champions.