Originally Posted by Pats
The ball was in a forward direction towards the line of scrimmage when it came out. Thats a fumble. Watch the video again.
Brady fumbled. Pure and simple.
There was no attempt to release the ball as if to pass. I assume you're familiar with the mechanics of throwing a pass. The release point is at the top of the throwing arc. The ball was well below that point, below his head, nearly at chest level. No one, especially a technically correct passer like Brady, would or could successfully throw a pass with the ball still in his hand at chest level.
So come off it.
Under orders from Goodell or from just plain old ineptness, the refs blew that one.