One way or another, the end of the affair
Super Bowl LI will bring a merciful close to the “Deflategate” saga
It has been more than two years since allegations first surfaced about the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady and a bunch of footballs that didn’t have enough air in them. The scandal that came to be known as Deflategate was formally resolved in July when Brady abandoned his legal challenge rather than take it to the Supreme Court. More than a few people have grown tired of the story, but it has hung over the league — and the team at the center of it — the entire season, in large part fueling New England’s 142 campaign and playoff run to this Super Bowl. The case has been settled, the fines accepted, the draft picks forfeited. But the Patriots and their legions of fans believe there is one last piece of justice to be meted out, and it comes tonight in Houston. Will the Falcons get in the way?