Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a shot at Tom Brady and his former team, the New England Patriots, in an interview with Sportsnet.
“This is too firm for the Patriots,” Rodgers joked while holding a football. The jab is a reference to Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ scandal.
January 20, 2019
Tom Brady converts three 3rd and 10’s in OT and the Patriots defeat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (37-31) in the AFC Championship game.
One of the best playoff games in NFL history
Pats heading to their 3rd straight Super Bowlpic.twitter.com/GgF1LZbfGd
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) January 20, 2022
According to ESPN, Deflategate implied that the New England Patriots used an illegal process for lowering the inflation of game footballs… namely during the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts because Brady reportedly preferred the grip of softer balls. The claims were investigated and a probe led to a four-game suspension of Brady the following season.
Brady had always denied “altering” any of the game footballs.
.@stephenasmith would rather have Aaron Rodgers than Tom Brady in the playoffs 😳
“If I were to ever decide to bet against Tom Brady, this is the moment that I would do it!” pic.twitter.com/dUTcZhGuOU
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 19, 2022
The Patriots won the playoff game 45-7… Brady had three touchdown passes in the game.
The Packers will be hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional round on Saturday. Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.