One way or an­other, the end of the af­fair

Su­per Bowl LI will bring a mer­ci­ful close to the “De­flate­gate” saga

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

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?


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