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NFL investigating Indianapolis Colts for cheating against Patriots

UPDATE – RCA Dome employee confirms cheating allegation against Colts. Read the article here.


Watch the video and decide for yourself. Feel free to leave your comments.

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 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.


November 5, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Random, Sports


  1. im a pats fan, and no matter what the other teams do, they just can not beat the pats. im just happy that the bs is now off the pats, and the rest of you football fans can finally realize, the pats are by far the best ever!

    Comment by kt | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. I heard the skipping. I hope this is not true because I love Manning and the Colts.

    Comment by Gina | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. No worries. It was already confirmed that it was a CBS glitch. CBS was piping in audio for the game, the Colts were not. The Patriots are the only scumbags that were caught and punished for cheating. Heat is back on the Pats. If you did not hear, legendary Miami coach Don Shula said the Pats should have an asterix next of all of their wins and Super Bowl victories because they are known and convicted cheaters.

    Comment by Flash Flash for the Cash | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. OMG when are fans going to quit making excuses for their teams’ poor performances and just admit that their team lost, fair and square?

    I’m not necessarily a Pats fan OR a Colts fan. Just sayin’ — on any given day, any team can win or lose and fans need to just suck it up and realize there’s more important crap to worry about. Like whether Floridians can get the “hang” of voting in time for next year’s Presidential elections.

    Comment by Pat | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. It is a fact, the Colts didn’t cheat, as the investigation found. It was a television glitch. The one sure thing that we know is that New England has been known to cheat on more than one occasion. They’ve scarred any records they break this year by their own actions. They are getting what they deserve.. an asterix by all their 2007 records. Why are you crying anyway? New England won. New England plays in the weakest division.. the rest of the division has a total of what.. five wins? Impressive. Fortunately for the Colts, in the unlikely event New England wins a game in the playoffs, the Colts will have Marvin Harrison and Tony Ugoh back. I’m reasonably sure New England will get beat by Baltimore, Pittsburgh and whoever the first team they play in the playoffs will be. Oh.. and none of those teams will cheat. Can’t be sure about New England, though.

    Comment by Jason | December 2, 2007 | Reply

  6. Jason you are just a whiny Colts fan that can’t admit that the Pats are better than the Colts. BY the way, your colts just lost to the Chargers and my Pats steamrolled past the Jags. SUck it.

    Comment by Severe Headaches | January 13, 2008 | Reply

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