NFL investigating Indianapolis Colts for cheating against Patriots
UPDATE – RCA Dome employee confirms cheating allegation against Colts. Read the article here.
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The NFL is investigating the the Indianapolis Colts for cheating during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, a 14-yard pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss, the crowd noise is heard before and during the play, then immediately cuts out when Moss is tackled. In addition, there appeared to be a vibration in the sound while the crowd was cheering.
A published report on yahoo.com said Patriots president Jonathan Kraft complained to NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich afterward. Kraft is the son of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Any enhancement of crowd noise would violate NFL rules, and Patriots spokesman Stacey James denied the team either filed or intended to file a formal complaint with the league.
It’s not the first time Indianapolis has been accused of such tactics. The Pittsburgh Steelers complained about the same thing after a 26-7 loss at the dome in November 2005. Since then, other teams have informally contended there is artificial noise pumped into the dome.
The Colts have continually denied the accusations, and issued their strongest worded statement yet on Monday.
“We trust this will put an end to the ridiculous and unfounded accusations that the Colts artificially enhanced crowd noise at the RCA Dome in any way,” the team said.
The latest accusations add yet another chapter to this already heated rivalry.
The much-anticipated game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts earned the highest overnight rating for a Sunday afternoon regular-season game in at least 20 years.
The matchup of two undefeated teams drew a 22.5 rating and 39 share on CBS in the nation’s largest markets. That is the highest overnight rating since 1987, which is as far back as the network’s records go.
The previous high was a 22.2/41 for Dallas-San Francisco on Nov. 10, 1996, a meeting of the winners of the previous four Super Bowls. The Cowboys won 20-17 in overtime.
The Patriots’ come-from-behind 24-20 victory attracted higher ratings than all four of last season’s NFL divisional playoff games.
The game drew a 45.9/65 in Indianapolis and a 38.7/63 in Boston.