Two players who were on the field for the birth of a dynasty on a snowy night in Foxboro 17 years ago relived their Snow Bowl experiences with Toucher & Rich on Radio Row.
Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown and former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown talked about the Tuck Rule, what the playing conditions were like that night, and the state of the Oakland Raiders.
“Every time I think about [the Snow Bowl], it’s a punch in the gut,” said Tim Brown.
He said he is convinced that the NFL was looking for any excuse to allow the Patriots to keep the ball on Tom Brady’s fumble/incomplete pass.
“I know they’re trying to find a way to overturn this,” he recalled telling Tedy Bruschi at midfield during the review. “There’s no doubt [the NFL] didn’t want [former Raiders owner] Al Davis to win that game,” Brown added.
According to Tim Brown, the Raiders defensive line coach told his players not to even rush on Adam Vinatieri’s game-tying 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter because they believed the attempt was impossible in the snow.
“There’s no way he can make this kick,” the coach apparently said.
“We knew we had to drive the kick, he couldn’t get much air in the conditions,” Troy Brown said.
“Nobody put a hand up. Nothing,” Tim Brown said.
The Browns also tried to get to the bottom of the NFL’s greatest fashion crisis: Raiders owner Mark Davis’ bowl cut.
“That haircut,” Troy Brown said. “It’s like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.”
“Everybody has to have their shtick, man, and that’s his shtick,” Tim Brown said.
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