Tom Brady has today laughed off claims that the New England Patriots tampered with footballs ahead of their AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The NFL is reportedly investigating accusations that Bill Belichick's team deflated game balls ahead of the contest, the idea being that it would benefit Brady's throwing ability in the tough Foxborough conditions.
Not playing ball
The veteran quarterback though, who is now set to make a record-equalling sixth appearance in the Super Bowl, flatly rejected the suggestion when making his weekly appearance on WEEI radio in Boston.
"I think I've heard it all (now)," exclaimed Brady who claimed he was unaware of such allegations.
"Oh, God. It's ridiculous....That's the last of my worries. I don't even respond to stuff like this."
Tom Brady may think it is a laughing matter but the NFL clearly don't. Since Indianapolis reporter Bob Kravitz broke the story this morning league sources have confirmed that they are investigating the claims.
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With game balls having to be in the possession of officials a full two hours and 15 minutes prior to kick off, and officials themselves weighing and checking the pressure of said balls, it would seem difficult for any team to deflate them without being detected.
That hasn't stopped conspiracy theorists and anti-Patriots fans accusing the team of cheating however. Whether the outcome of the investigation harms the team's preparation for the Super Bowl remains to be seen.
Patriots march on
The ironic thing is that it was the ground game that acted as the foundation for New England's rout of the Colts on Sunday night.
LeGarrette Blount racked up 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Indianapolis struggled to find the offer up much opposition.
The Patriots will now face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl where you can bet Pete Carroll and co will be keeping their eyes on the pig skin from the moment they touch down in Arizona.