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Let's celebrate 17th anniversary of Patriots' "Tuck Rule" game, shall we?

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Let's celebrate 17th anniversary of Patriots' "Tuck Rule" game, shall we?

How fitting that a snowstorm is expected to hit New England on Saturday night.

A similar snowstorm descended on Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 19, 2002, exactly 17 years ago today. And the New England Patriots happened to be playing a football game -- the AFC Divisional Round, to be exact -- against the Oakland Raiders that night at the old Foxboro Stadium.

With 1:49 remaining in that game, a young Tom Brady appeared to commit a costly turnover when Charles Woodson knocked the ball from his grasp. But that's when referee Walt Coleman --who's retiring from NFL officiating after the 2019 Pro Bowl -- saved the day for the Patriots.

Let's roll the tape:

Coleman invoked the infamous (and now defunct) "Tuck Rule," overturning the call to an incomplete pass because Brady's arm was going forward.

Brady made the most of Coleman's gift by driving the Patriots into field goal range, where Adam Vinatieri powered a 45-yard knuckleball through the blizzard to send the game to overtime.

You know the rest: Vinatieri drilled a 23-yard field goal in OT to lift New England to a 16-13 win, which was followed three weeks later by a Super Bowl XXXVI upset of the then-St. Louis Rams.

The shockwaves of the "Tuck Rule Game" still are reverberating today: The loss still ticks off Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, and Woodson tweeted about the game last weekend.

As for the Patriots? They've won five Super Bowls since Brady didn't fumble, while he and head coach Bill Belichick still are at the peak of their crafts as they enter their eight consecutive AFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.