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Old 12-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default Brady Moss Lateral Pass

Can someone tell me, backed up by official NFL rules, why the Brady to Moss supposed "lateral" pass was not ruled as an incomplete pass or fumble?

I don't know all the rules, but know that a lateral pass is defined by the NFL as pass thrown "rearward" and can be dropped and recovered no matter the position of the field. Moss was at least two yards ahead of Brady, which should have been a forward pass.

This is not a Steelers Vs. Patriots argument, or a "we could have won the game if..." argument or an invitation to a flame war. I'm just looking for edumacational insight. Yes, i'm somewhat of a noob when it comes to football.

Also, if someone can tell me if there's an official NFL rule source online, that would be appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Brady Moss Lateral Pass

I have to agree. I only saw the reply and I though it was a forward pass not a lateral. Even so, the Steelers never challenged the play.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:47 AM   #3
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I'm surprised the Steelers didn't even try to just challenge it to see what happened... Oh well!
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: Brady Moss Lateral Pass

it was a backwards pass. i.e. a lateral that was fumbled, picked up, and lateraled back.

good play. the same trickery helped us beat the bengals in the playoffs 2 years ago. we shoulda seen it coming.
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Default Re: Brady Moss Lateral Pass

As was discussed on Sunday, that play was the Ben to Randel-El back to Ben play that burned the Bengals in the 2005 playoffs

It was an effective play that was designed to burn Smith, but IMO it also was just one more example of Belichick giving the one finger salute to a team by running their own trickery against them.

The Pats definitely are running the 2007 FU tour. I bet they put up over 50 on the Jets this weekend for Camera Gate payback.
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It was an effective play that was designed to burn Smith, but IMO it also was just one more example of Belichick giving the one finger salute to a team by running their own trickery against them.

The Pats definitely are running the 2007 FU tour. I bet they put up over 50 on the Jets this weekend for Camera Gate payback.
a definite 1 finger salute. no what else whas almost mocked? what has been the steelers winning formula for all these years?

run the ball
stop the run
control the clock
(tomlin preched these 3 things as soon as he was hired)

we did all 3 and still lost. we almost remained even in the turnover battle. some say cames come down to whichever team gets the lucky bounce of the ball.

others say the patriots are so good they can take your trick play and design it to one hop to the wr in order to freeze the defense. some say they are great enough to intentionally give the look of a shitty punt that is designed to go off angle and hit a player running down to block, in the back of the leg, creating a loose ball situation. and still others say they can single out any defensive player they want and punish him at will.

whatever. they did it all with an extra day of rest, lounging around the pool, on a short week. the patriots dusted off an old gameplan, worked on their red zone defense and were ready to go. for the 1st time i think a team conceded yards to willie and decided they would not let ben beat them with his arm. of course having a gimpy holmes helped.

the FU steelers was in full affect, and if there is a future matchup (personally im hoping to get out of round 1), the media, fans, or players wont have much to say about the steelers potentially knocking off the pats.
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If paulmalu was in do you think it would have helped alot of still a route
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Not much of a difference. They were going after Mr. Smith.
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It is not as if Troy does not get burned on his aggressiveness - I recall Brady doing it to Troy with play action on a deep out pattern.

Pats simply got the job done.
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(personally im hoping to get out of round 1)
I am willing to write off Sunday as the team deflating after Smith's second brain cramp on the lateral pass and the Pats being that good when they are focused.

Jax is a great test for whether this team is a likely candidate for one and done the first weekend in January. Lose on Sunday and I could see the division go out the window.
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