Originally Posted by SonOfLe-loLang
Is there an explanation from the refs anywhere about why Manning's fumble wasn't the tuck rule? I personally think the tuck rule is dumb, but id like to know why that wasn't enforced.
When the forward motion of Manning's arm was complete, and his hand came to a complete stop around his waist, the ball was still in complete control in Manning's hand for a very split second. At this point, the tuck rule no longer applies, because the forward motion of his arm came to a complete stop. The ball came out a split second after his arm stopped moving.