INDIANAPOLIS -- The New England Patriots, or quarterback Tom Brady if you want to specifically point a finger at the player mostly involved, were busted Wednesday when the report by Ted Wells revealed that some of their personnel deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
But here’s the question that might not be answered until Brady addresses it, if he addresses it all: Why did the quarterback have to break the rules?
The Patriots were clearly the better team than the Colts last season. Brady’s arm hasn’t been a major factor in the Patriots’ past three victories. New England’s running game has steamrolled Indianapolis. The Patriots have rushed for 657 yards in their past three victories by an average of 23.6 points.
The Colts were concerned -- for the second time -- about the Patriots using deflated footballs during the first half of the AFC Championship game after linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted a Brady pass. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who was sitting in the press box during the game, went to the NFL control booth to complain about the balls.
The balls were inflated to regulation size in the second half of the game and Brady had no problem throwing it despite the rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium. He was 12-of-14 for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the second half when the Patriots outscored the Colts 28-0.
Many of the Colts players said the deflated balls weren’t the reason the Patriots blew them out. New England has been the better team the past few years.
Brady said on more than one occasion that he didn’t ask for the balls to be deflated outside of the rules. So who knows if he’ll finally come around and acknowledge it now that the Wells report is out.
That's what everybody wants to know.