It wouldn't be playoff time in the NFL, or very close to it at least, without the "Tuck Rule" making an appearance to enrage fans and save a quarterback's bacon. One of the lucky recipients of the rule this week was Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
As you can see here, Luck was sacked by J.J. Watt and Connor Barwin of the Texans on second-and-5 at the start of the second quarter. The ball slipped out of his hands, and it looks very much like a fumble. Expect it was not.
A review of play ruled that Luck was in the process of throwing the ball, hence the Tuck Rule and an incomplete pass. Looking at the play, you can see the ball goes backwards and there is not a potential eligible receiver in the vicinity for Luck. The call has more than a few people curious, and some are downright angry.
Mike Pereira of Fox chimed in with an explanation:
On reversal, direction of the pass means nothing. His arm was started forward and then he got it and the ball went backward then incomplete.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 30, 2012