Patriots’ tablet issues vs. Broncos caused by network cable malfunction

A network cable malfunction caused the Patriots’ tablet issues in AFC Championship Game.
Publish date:

A network cable malfunction caused the Patriots to have issues with their tablets during the AFC Championship Game, the NFL announced on Monday. 

The issues were not directly caused by the tablets or the software that runs the tablets, the league said. 

Early in the second quarter of New England’s 20–18 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Patriots coaching staff experienced issues with their Microsoft Surface tablets. 

The Patriots were unable to use their tablets for an entire drive, CBS reported. While some tablets soon returned to normal, others did not begin functioning properly until close to halftime

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Monday that issues with the tablets are a “pretty common problem.”

“We have ways of working through it,” Belichick said. “There’s really nothing you can do. It’s not like the headsets where the other sides are really affected. You deal with what you deal with.”

Belichick added that the team used printouts of pictures to look at formations when the tablets were malfunctioning.