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Patriots’ tablets not working on sideline

at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 30, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images

The Patriots have cut the Broncos lead to 14-9 amid the latest sideline technology outage in an NFL season with several of them.

New England’s Microsoft tablet computers are not working, according to reports in the game from CBS. The tablets are working on the Broncos side of the field and NFL rules do not mandate turning them off as is the case when the headsets are not working for one team.

The NFL is planning to test a new communication system for those headsets at this year’s Pro Bowl. It was an issue in the first game of the 2015 season when the Steelers had their headsets go out while playing in New England, although the league was quick to announce that it is their responsibility to have things working and not the home team.

CBS reported that the tablets can be hard wired if they continue to malfunction in their wireless state.

The Patriots cut the lead to five points on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal forced by a third down sack of Tom Brady by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. It’s the second sack of the game for the Broncos, who have been getting steady pressure on Brady through the first two quarters. He was able to scramble 11 yards for a first down to get into field goal position to avoid another sack, however.

UPDATE 4:24 p.m. ET: The NFL announced, via CBS, that all is well with the Patriots’ tablets.

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34 Responses to “Patriots’ tablets not working on sideline”
  1. hockeyflow33 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:22 PM

    Just imagine the outcry if this was at Gillette

  2. gomez163 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:22 PM

    I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation for this.

  3. cross300 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:24 PM

    I hope the NFL investigates this the way they would if it was the other way around.

  4. toddsuperbowles says: Jan 24, 2016 4:25 PM

    Looks like the Patriots hackers hacked the wrong set. Oh well, it happens.

  5. jag1959 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:25 PM

    If that happened to the visiting team in Foxborough…

  6. fanofpft says: Jan 24, 2016 4:26 PM

    They are working again. The pats can now fully cheat along with the headsets.

  7. dontletfactsgetintheway says: Jan 24, 2016 4:26 PM

    The Patriot trolls would be out in full force if this happened in New England

  8. peytons10ft4head says: Jan 24, 2016 4:28 PM

    If this was the Broncos not working this comment section would already have 100+ comments

  9. nhstateline says: Jan 24, 2016 4:28 PM

    Alert Ted Wells!!! Gotta be cheating. What other explanation could there be he said with dripping sarcasm

  10. tommikula says: Jan 24, 2016 4:30 PM

    This will cause stocks to plummet Monday

  11. owlbania says: Jan 24, 2016 4:31 PM

    Good for them

  12. shaggytoodle says: Jan 24, 2016 4:33 PM

    How’s Gronk suppose to play Angry Birds?

  13. jchipwood says: Jan 24, 2016 4:38 PM

    But but but Belichick practices for situations like this. Patriot fans after week 1.

  14. dtroxallday says: Jan 24, 2016 4:39 PM

    Interesting how they keep mentioning the “Microsoft Surface”. I’m guessing that if they all malfunctioned at once that it’s more likely a newtork problem than a Surface problem. But that’s ok, Phil. Keep bashing your sponsor on live national tv.

  15. luckyarmpit says: Jan 24, 2016 4:42 PM

    I’m sure the Pats fanbois will blame the tablets if they lose.

  16. One for the thumb says: Jan 24, 2016 4:43 PM

    Denver players call for a flag on every single play.

    What hypocrites.

  17. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 24, 2016 4:43 PM

    It’s about time the Patriots experience communication “malfunctions” during a big game. We all know if it was in Foxborough the Broncos headsets wouldn’t be working….

  18. jrclark1978 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:45 PM

    Everyone at Apple is laughing their collective @sses off

  19. fanofpft says: Jan 24, 2016 4:51 PM

    If that happened to the visiting team in Foxborough…

    It would be the umpteenth time something like that happened.

  20. bonniebengal says: Jan 24, 2016 4:52 PM

    That’s what happens when they make you use Microsoft Surfaces instead of IPADs.

  21. joetoronto says: Jan 24, 2016 4:53 PM

    They weren’t working for almost the whole half. Throw in the pro Mules officiating and you have a close game, for now.

    Screens and draws in the 2nd half will open up that Mules defense.

  22. ronnyw9 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:53 PM

    Why doesn’t New England just use their hidden cameras then?

  23. tomtravis76 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:20 PM

    Roger did it.

  24. dontletfactsgetintheway says: Jan 24, 2016 5:25 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:38 PM

    But but but Belichick practices for situations like this. Patriot fans after week 1.
    __________________________________
    Other than children and 31 other teams, they will NEVER use it as an excuse after the fame. Real men take victory with grace and don’t cry about why the lost! Search the internet and see if you can find a Patriot making up an excuse for a loss! Good Luck trolls.

  25. mistyzhang says: Jan 24, 2016 5:35 PM

    That would be cool if it was on purpose

  26. shaggyo3 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:47 PM

    If that happened to the visiting team in Foxborough…

    nah that only happens to headsets in the 4th quarter, lol.

  27. R.J. says: Jan 24, 2016 6:03 PM

    Must have been the last Windows update.

  28. savior72 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:42 PM

    Should’ve used Apple, that is all.

  29. cross300 says: Jan 24, 2016 7:51 PM

    Broncos scored most of their points when that happened. Interesting.

  30. djaehne says: Jan 24, 2016 8:48 PM

    The tech with the sat jammer was supposed to set it up on the Broncos side of the field.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:32 PM

    What surprised me was the announcer saying the Broncos were allowed to continue using their tablets.

    When team A’s headsets go down the league shuts down team B’s headsets until the problem is fixed.

    One team’s tablets going down and the other still being allowed to use them gives that team a tremendous advantage.

    This is something all 32 teams should be speaking out against.

  32. joyo66 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:54 PM

    Maybe now the deflateriots I have a small sense of what other teams feel

  33. realpatsfan says: Jan 25, 2016 7:32 AM

    What a bunch os sore winners Denver has.
    Watch the Panthers humiliate them in SB 50.

  34. 3cupsanda6pack says: Jan 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    Karma’s a bitch!

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