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Patriots' Microsoft Surface Tablets Stop Working During AFC Championship Game

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

via Twitter

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. 

Tabletgate.

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/A9lXSL038x

Monte the Color Man @Monte_Colorman

.@Patriots Try this yet? https://t.co/sQ26jCG6xi

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

I have obtained an exclusive screenshot of the Patriots' tablets. https://t.co/Jk1ooPwc1l

Rob Perez @World_Wide_Wob

#TabletGate https://t.co/o8TmzQ47q1

Jeremy Newberger @jeremynewberger

"Hey Belichick, are these Microsoft tablets supposed to be doing this?" #NEvsDEN #Tablets #TabletGate https://t.co/IBARGktpjN

Jeff Rosen @jeff_rosen88

"Did we pass a Best Buy on the way in here? Go grab a few iPads." #tabletgate https://t.co/4cRQ2q16Ta

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/6pCQoRCMUb

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