New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick on Thursday said they didn’t deflate footballs at Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, a controversy that’s cast a shadow over their team as it prepares for the Super Bowl.
The NFL is investigating why 11 of the 12 game balls the Patriots provided for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game were underinflated by about 2 pounds per square inch each. A ball with lower inflation is supposedly easier to grip and may give the passer a competitive advantage.
When a reporter directly asked QB Tom Brady whether he was a cheater, the quarterback replied: “I don’t believe so. I’ve always played within the rules.”
Bill Belichick — one of the most successful head coaches in NFL history with three Super Bowl rings and 211 regular-season wins — insisted he had no explanation for how the footballs his team used Sunday might have gotten deflated.
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Deflategate is the latest controversy involving the New England Patriots. According to the NFL, game balls must be inflated to 12.5 to 13.5 psi. This means that 11 out of the 12 balls used by the Patriots were only inflated to 10.5 psi. So is there anything to this deflategate scandal?
Deflategate could have actually given the New England Patriots an advantage in the AFC Championship Game. Here’s why. Game conditions were terrible. There was a heavy rain. A ball that is wet is very slippery. By deflating the ball, the football is now easier to grip. Thus, an under inflated ball is not only easier to throw, but it is also easier to catch.
The New England Patriots are still scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks in the Superbowl. In the meantime, the NFL is investigating the whole deflategate scandal. Depending on the NFL’s findings, it remains to be seen what sort of punishment will be handed out.
Deflategate isn’t the first controversial story to surround Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots. Back in 2007, there was another New England Patriots controversy dubbed “Spygate.” Spygate, just like deflategate, was a tactic used to give the New England Patriots an unfair advantage. They videotaped NY Jets defensive coaches’ signals during a game from a sideline location. Head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots were fined $250,000. The team also lost their 1st round draft pick.
It remains to be seen if the New England Patriots will be held responsible for deflategate. If so, what disciplinary action will the NFL take?