Deflated Footballs In the 2015 AFC Championship Game
Once again, the New England Patriots found themselves in another “-gate” incident, this time surrounding allegations of doctoring the footballs used in the game. Specifically, it was alleged that quarterback Tom Brady ordered New England Patriots staffers to under-inflate some of the balls used in the game.
To this day, nobody really knows how or why an under-inflated ball would provide a competitive advantage for Brady, and as other players on the losing Indianapolis Colts would confirm, it didn’t matter what type of ball Brady and the Patriots were using, considering the lopsided nature of the game itself (Indianapolis lost 45-7). Regardless, Brady was suspended four games to start the 2015 regular season; but, as always, Brady got the last laugh when he and the Patriots ended up winning the Super Bowl that year.