The Patriots seem to be getting deeper and deeper into the dirt as the investigation goes on for allegedly deflating 11 of their footballs for their last playoff game against the Colts. Now, both coach and quarterback have broken their silence.
Find out what the town is talking about below:
Coach Bill Belichick said he was "shocked" when informed of the allegations that his team used balls that were deflated after they were inspected by officials before Sunday's game.
"I was shocked to learn of the footballs on Monday. I had no knowledge until Monday morning," Belichick said. "I'd say I've learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than I knew, or had talked about it, in the last 40 years that I've coached in this league."
Belichick said that because of this controversy, the Patriots will make one change in the future by inflating footballs beyond the minimum specifications of 12.5 PSI.
When popular Quarterback, Tom Brady, was asked during his news conference if he thought the whole incident has been blown out of proportion, Brady said, "Yeah."
"This isn't ISIS, this isn't, you know, no one's dying," Brady said. "But you know, we'll get through this and hopefully we can really start preparing for Seattle and, you know, get our mind focused there, because they're going to take, you know, all my mental energy for the next 10 days."
In his news conference, Brady said there's a usual process he goes through in getting used to using game-day footballs, explaining it's like any other piece of equipment for him and that he prefers the football to be inflated at 12.5 pounds per square inch, which is the lowest end of the league requirement. "To me, that's a perfect grip for the football," he said.
Brady said he didn't notice a difference between the footballs from the first half to the second half on Sunday.
"I'm not squeezing them, that's not part of my process," Brady said. "I grab it. I feel the lace, the leather. I feel the tack on the ball. That's really what you go for."
Asked if he sought out members of the Patriots' equipment staff to inquire if they altered the balls in any way Sunday, Brady said: "Yeah, and they haven't, and I believe them. They also know how I like it and that's exactly the way they are."The quarterback repeatedly professed his innocence regarding the issue of doctored footballs.
"I feel like I have always played within the rules," he said. "I would never break the rules."
Under NFL rules, no alteration of the footballs is allowed once they are approved by league officials. If a person is found breaking league rules and tampering with the footballs, that person could face up to a $25,000 fine and potentially more discipline.
When asked by ESPN.com if the league had reached out to Brady, NFL public relations rep Brian McCarthy said: "We are not commenting on details of the review at this point."
The inflation of game balls is not expected to be an issue Feb. 1 when the Pats play the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. As per its custom, the NFL follows a modified set of procedures to prepare game balls for the Super Bowl.
Established long before the allegations against the Patriots, the process includes independent equipment managers and ball attendants.