Originally Posted by *** Ork Wang
the rule was always in place
not always. It was put into the NFL in 1999. That game happened in 2002-2003 play offs.
It was a 3 year old rule, which is pretty young for an ever evolving game.
But I know that's not your point :P
The rule existed before that game, it's called the "tuck rule game" because it's pretty much the only time anyone had used that rule up to that point, not because that game invented the rule.