Tom Brady finally admits one of his big controversies

Tom Brady has just shed some light on one of his earliest controversies – and it won’t make Raiders fans happy.

The great quarterback admitted on Thursday that the infamous “tuck rule” fumble in his first playoff game leading the New England Patriots in 2002 “could have been a fumble” – as it was ruled on the ground.

But instant replay officials canceled the call and said Brady was in the forward motion of the pass, even though the motion was to try and put the ball away. The call made the drop ball an incomplete pass, allowing the Patriots to retain possession.

The call may have changed the history of football. The Raiders would have had the ball en route to a likely win with a 13-10 lead and less than two minutes to play. But the Patriots’ Adam Vinatieri threw a field goal to tie the game in regulation time, then another in overtime for the win. The Patriots eventually reached the Super Bowl and won Brady’s first of seven titles.

Charles Woodson, the Raider who forced Brady to lose possession of the ball recovered by the Raiders’ Greg Biekert, couldn’t ignore the near-confession.

“Really,” Woodson wrote for a Twitter clip in which he wore a dismayed look.

Brady attempted a comeback.

Here’s Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe’s play and commentary from “Undisputed”:

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