The Patriots are under the microscope after accusations that the team played with under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Colts.

“The Patriots are always under scrutiny because everyone hates a winner,” said one fan.

Patriots Nation might feel like it’s “us against the world” these days.

They are getting flack from politicians, former players, and others.

“Belichick was less than ethical to the New York Jets. He was certainly unethical when they took photographs from the sidelines, stealing signals. What else did you expect? They have a track record,” said Maine’s governor, Paul LePage.

“Its obvious Tom Brady had something to do with this. For the balls to have been deflated, that doesn’t happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen, I can assure you of that,” said former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

With everything being hurled in the direction of Foxborough, the players seem to be brushing it off.

“They can call us whatever they want, man, we playing in the Super Bowl and that is what we are focused on,” said Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

Fans seemed to be frustrated with all the talk and ready to move on to Seattle.

“There’s nothing wrong with the footballs – they’re over-inflated for Aaron Rodgers – he likes ’em tight, so what difference does it make? It’s a ball,” said one fan.

“I think everyone should just move on and look at the Super Bowl as something we can celebrate. Two teams coming the NFC and AFC and let’s go Pats,” said another fan.

Quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday he had not been interviewed by the NFL regarding the deflated footballs.

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