New England Patriots destroyed the Indianapolis Colts with an emphatic 45-7 victory in the AFC Championship Game to make it to their six Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.
But, much to the delight of the media, come Monday talk switched to the Patriots' tactic of using so called 'deflated balls' during offensive plays. Rather than basking in the glory of victory and progression through to the Super Bowl, Brady and co were made to field questions regarding this alleged latest breaking of the rules by the Pats.
Revealed: How deflate-gate began
Pretty much all NFL fans know about the deflated ball investigation by now but not everybody knows how it began. For those of us still in the dark, Bob Glauber of Newsday revealed today that the investigation began after a key turnover in the second half.
It seems Tom Brady's second quarter interception deep in the Colts' half was the incident that started the fire which has been this controversy. Each team provides a dozen balls to game officials to use when it is on offense and had D'Qwell Jackson not intercepted Brady and found the ball to be deflated, the controversy may have never seen the light of day.
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"According to a person familiar with the background of the matter, the Colts first noticed something unusual after an interception by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in the second quarter," Newsday reported.
"Jackson gave the ball to a member of the Colts' equipment staff, who noticed the ball seemed under-inflated and then notified coach Chuck Pagano."
The NFL is currently investigating the situation and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he will assist them in anyway he can.
Not the first time Pats have been in trouble
Regardless of what the NFL finds it is highly unlikely that the Patriots will be thrown out of the Super Bowl. The game's result is final and should the NFL find the Pats guilty of something then they could punish them in the form of a fine or potentially remove draft picks from the team.
This is not the first time the Patriots have come under fire for an alleged breach of the rules. The Pats were heavily fined and forced to surrender their 2008 first-round draft pick for taping Jets' sideline defensive signals. Belichick was forced to pay up $500,000 of his own money and the Pats paid a team fine of $250,000 also.
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