FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Nobody in the Patriots locker room is feeding into the hype of Sunday night's AFC championship game rematch against the Indianapolis Colts.
There's plenty of potential for distraction after the "Deflategate" scandal when the Patriots were accused of deflating footballs in last January's 45-7 conference title game rout of the Colts. New England was fined $1 million, lost two draft picks, and Tom Brady was handed a four-game suspension that was overturned in federal court.
On Monday, Patriots players toed the company line and reiterated their focus on the present.