That play was bullsh*t. The thing that pissed me off wasn't that it was the tuck rule, because the way the rule is written, it was correct. The PROBLEM was that tuck or not, it was an attempted pass, and the ball went backwards, meaning that it should have been a backwards lateral, meaning that it was a live ball. As such, we should have kept the ball anyway.
Okay, after watching the live play, and the six slow motion replays, I can see that you are right in the fact that the ball DID go backwards. But even if Brady's pass in the Oakland game went forward, the intention looked the same with both QBs. To pull the ball in and not throw the ball. Cutler look just like Brady.
I haven't really debated the tuck rule...it was just watching the play again that made me think about it.
If he didn't intend to ground it, than it is a fumble. If it's not fumble because it is incomplete, than the grounding rules have to apply right? If he is in the pocket and throws an incomplete pass to no-one...intentional grounding.
Who the fug really understands the tuck rule.
I've always hated it even before Sunday. I always thought the Raiders were robbed of that game.