For football fans, this time of year can create a lot of talk. The weeks between the conference playoff championships and the Superbowl itself gets a lot of people talking about the big money game ahead and talking about the blown calls, errors, and “should haves” of “armchair quarterbacks” who most of the time are watching the other team go on the biggest game in football. This is nothing new for fans of the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the talk coming out of the AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Chiefs actually has the NFL itself looking into things.
The game itself was a nailbiter, coming down to the wire and going into overtime. Not a new place to find themselves in for the Patriots that seems to love getting things down to the last few minutes or even into overtime before scoring the last touchdown to finally end the game.
During the fourth quarter of the game, it was caught by cameras that a green laser light, most likely caused by a Laser Pointer device, was aimed towards New England Quarterback Tom Brady. The light itself didn’t seem to affect Brady and the Patriots team eventually went to win the game in a 37-31 game that went into overtime. When asked about the light, neither the Patriots or the Chiefs said they even noticed the light at all.
It is being said that the laser light appeared 3 times during the third quarter of the game, but that the light itself didn’t seem to affect anyone. The NFL and local police are still investigating. Laser pointers are often things the audience are told to not bring to the game at all let alone to flash in the players’ faces. Getting caught doing so will get you thrown out and may have charges filed against you.
“We’ve had some issues of lasers around the airport, but not at the stadium,” said Sgt. Jacob Becchina, spokesman for the Kansas City police department said. “We will investigate, though, if we receive a police report.”
The laser pointer light was not actually picked up by Television cameras and the incident was not picked up by CBS, who televised the game Sunday night. The NFL may have a hard time finding who may be responsible for the incident. The game was held at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri witch tops out in attendance at around 76,400 people. That is a lot of fans and finding whoever did this may be a tough task, but the NFL can handle it. They have found other troublemakers from the audience before.
As a result of their win, The Patriots go on the face the Los Angles Rams in Superbowl 53. That game will be held on February 3rd and at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia. The two teams have met in the Superbowl before as they met in Superbowl 36 back in 2002. The New England Patriots won that game over the (then) St. Louis Rams by a score of 20 to 17. The Patriots had not yet achieved being so dominant of the NFL as they have been for the last number of years and the Rams were actually the favorite to win by 14 points. At the end of the day, that did not happen. Currently, the Rams are slight favorites to win the game, but bettings odds can change and we have almost 2 weeks before the Superbowl itself.
The investigation into who shown the lasers at Tom Brady will go on while most of the audience enjoy the big game and all that surrounds it in this American of sporting holidays.