Bill Belichick says Patriots ‘followed rules to the letter’

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during an impromptu press conference Saturday that his team “followed rules to the letter” regarding recent controversy over whether the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs during the AFC Championship game.

“At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage,” Belichick said.

During a surprise address Saturday afternoon, Belichick discussed the Patriots’ internal findings regarding the process by which the team prepares footballs before a game, and said the Patriots followed every rule.

Belichick’s conference came the day after the NFL announced it has not yet come to any conclusions on how the Patriots used under-inflated footballs during their AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Patriots will meet the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl Feb. 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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