Bill Belichick says Patriots 'followed every rule'

A defiant Bill Belichick said the New England Patriots followed every rule during the AFC championship game as he attemped to defuse the deflategate controversy.

Belichick went out of his way to defend the Patriots.

"I believe now 100 percent that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said. "We did everything as right as we can do it. At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage."

Belichick said he's learned a lot about the science of air pressure in the past week.

He offered no specific answers.

He also drew laughter when he compared himself to Mona Lisa Vito, the character Marisa Tomei portrayed in the movie, "My Cousin Vinny," who's an automotive expert.

"I'm not a scientist," Belichick said. "I'm not a league official."

Belichick said the Patriots don't inflate footballs in heated rooms, ever.

"When the footballs are delivered to the officials' locker room, the officials were asked to inflate them to 12.5 PSI," he said. "What exactly they did, I don't know. But, for the purposes of our study, that's what we did. We set them at 12.5 [PSI]. That's at the discretion of the official regardless of what we ask for, it's the official's discretion to put them where he wants. Again, that's done in a controlled climate.

"The footballs are prepared in our locker room. They are delivered to the officials' locker room, which is a controlled environment. ... When the footballs go out onto the field into game conditions, whatever those conditions are whether it's hot and humid, cold and damp, cold and dry, whatever it is, that's where the footballs are played with and that's where the measurements would be different -- possibly different -- from what they are in a controlled environment and that's what we found."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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