Does the CFL have “the tuck rule?” Wasn’t that play almost the same? Quarterback pump fakes but drops the ball as he slows down his arm. I know Tom Brady got hit when his “incomplete pass” occurred, but isn’t it the same?
Ordinarily, if the quarterback drops or loses the football while he is bringing the ball forward in a passing motion, and the ball touches the ground, it is considered an incomplete pass. If the quarterback drops or loses the football at any other time, it is considered a fumble, as if any other player had dropped it.
The tuck rule is an exception to this rule. It applies if the quarterback brings his arm forward in a passing motion, but then changes his mind and tries to keep hold of the football rather than making a pass. In this situation, if the quarterback loses the ball while stopping his passing motion or bringing the ball back to his body, it is still considered a forward pass (and thus an incomplete pass if the ball hits the ground), even if the ball is moving backwards at the time the quarterback loses it.
If you ask me, it should have been ruled an incomplete pass. But then again, I don’t know every rule in the CFL, funny thing is, I don’t think most of the referees do either.