Fans of the New England Patriots who are searching for a reason for yesterday's loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship might want to take part of their anger out on Microsoft. During the second quarter, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that all NFL teams are forced to use as part of a Microsoft marketing deal stopped working for the Patriots so coaches couldn't show players some pictures.
CBS reporter Evan Washburn announced during the game that "They're having some trouble with their Microsoft Surface tablets. That last defensive possession, the Patriots' coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players. NFL officials have been working at it. Some of those tablets are back in use but not all of them. A lot of frustration that they didn't have them on that last possession."
Minneapolis author and former football reporter Sean Jensen tweeted that it was the second time this season he's heard announcers "crush" the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets on air during an NFL game. Microsoft quickly blamed the tablet issue on the network...which seemed to be working just fine for Denver.
New York Giants player Geoff Schwartz was quick to add his support for the useful Microsoft tablets:
The popularity of the Surface Pro with NFL players cannot be underestimated: