That is unless the Patriots beat the Seahawks on Sunday, February 2 in Super Bowl 49. During the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots were caught with 11 out of 12 balls deflated under the leagues limit of 12.5 Psi.
The team played with the illegal balls for the first half of the game, later swapping them back out for a set of legal ones at halftime.
“I like the deflated ball” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a 2011 radio interview. Brady was completely unaware how much this statement would come back to haunt him in the Pat’s 2014/2015 season. It has yet to be discovered who actually made the order to deflate the balls. And head coach Bill Belichick, as well as Brady, have denied knowing anything about the process.
With no one to blame, the NFL has yet to announce any punishment for the Patriots, who have a recent history of cheating. Once more is unveiled about the situation, league commissioner, Roger Goodell will likely place minor fines on those involved.
There is no way to prove whether or not Brady, Belichick or any of the Patriots players were aware of what was going on, but many former and current NFL players have had a lot to say about Brady’s involvement.
“This is unbelievable, for you not to know what you touch every play,” said former Eagle Brian Dawkins.
“That would have to be driven by the quarterback,” said legendary NFL coach John Madden.
The list goes on and on. Even Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman questioned why Brady is allegedly going to get away with cheating while Sherman’s teammate, Marshawn Lynch, is getting threats of suspension for his refusal to talk to the media.
The drama is likely to continue through the Super Bowl and well in to the offseason. Beyond that, the 2014/2015 season will likely be remembered as the season of the “deflate-gate.”