A year after Deflategate became a thing in the AFC Championship Game, the New England Patriots ran into a problem with some of their sideline equipment in the same round.
Early in Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Denver, New England's Microsoft Surface tablets stopped working.
CBS reported that the tablets had stopped working after the Denver Broncos' second scoring drive, which ended with the home team ahead 14-6. No issues were reported with the Broncos' tablets.
Of course, something like this was just perfect for the Internet:
John Gushman @JLGush
Microsoft #surface tablet #fail for the Patriots #afcchampionship #patriots #patriotsvsbroncos #microsoft #nfl https://t.co/A9lXSL038x1/24/2016, 9:11:36 PM
Monte the Color Man @Monte_Colorman
.@Patriots Try this yet? https://t.co/sQ26jCG6xi1/24/2016, 9:09:51 PM
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
I have obtained an exclusive screenshot of the Patriots' tablets. https://t.co/Jk1ooPwc1l1/24/2016, 9:09:00 PM
Rob Perez @World_Wide_Wob
#TabletGate https://t.co/o8TmzQ47q11/24/2016, 9:23:51 PM
Jeremy Newberger @jeremynewberger
"Hey Belichick, are these Microsoft tablets supposed to be doing this?" #NEvsDEN #Tablets #TabletGate https://t.co/IBARGktpjN1/24/2016, 9:17:17 PM
Jeff Rosen @jeff_rosen88
"Did we pass a Best Buy on the way in here? Go grab a few iPads." #tabletgate https://t.co/4cRQ2q16Ta1/24/2016, 9:23:12 PM
With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, New England's tablets came back to life.
Jemele Hill @jemelehill
When the folks at Apple saw the Microsoft tablets weren't working https://t.co/6pCQoRCMUb1/24/2016, 9:25:22 PM