'Justin Tucker Rule' passes; uprights will be higher

'Justin Tucker Rule' passes; uprights will be higher
March 26, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Call it the "Justin Tucker rule."

NFL owners on Wednesday approved a rules change to extend the uprights by 5 feet, a rules change proposed by the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are possibly still smarting from that Sunday night game at M&T Bank Stadium two years ago, when Tucker's 27-yard field goal on the final play snuck just inside the right upright to give the Ravens a 31-30 win.

At least that's how the Ravens saw it.

The Patriots insisted the kick, which cleared the 30-foot-high upright, was wide right. An irate Patriots coach Bill Belichick chased the officials off the field, grabbing the arm of line judge Esteban Garza  at one point, an incident that drew a $50,000 fine for Belichick.

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Speaking at the owners meeting this week about the proposal to extend the uprights, Belichick said the current uprights are "outdated. Virtually every kicker at the combine can kick them over the top of the goal posts. Some of those guys aren’t even gonna be in the league, but I’d say every kicker can do that."

That may be true, but Tucker's kick is one that stands out.

Was Tucker's kick good? You can watch it again here.