Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed aside allegations that New England deflated footballs during Sunday night's AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Multiple reports have confirmed the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots intentionally did not inflate footballs to regulation standards so that the team could have a better grip during Sunday night's inclement weather at Gillette Stadium.
Brady, in his Monday morning appearance on WEEI radio in Boston, said he had "no idea" what the controversy was about.
“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” he said with a laugh.
Added Brady: “That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”
Pro Football Talk also reported Monday morning that several balls were removed from play Sunday night for being inadequately inflated. According to Pro Football Talk's report, balls can be removed from play if an official notices an abnormality.
The allegations of bending the rules are the second in as many weeks to surface against the Patriots. After New England defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs on Jan. 10, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the Patriots used "deceptive" and "illegal" substitutions during a major first-down completion in the third quarter of the Patriots' 35-31 win. A day later, the NFL ruled that the Patriots' substitutions were legal.
The Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
- Mike Fiammetta