Patriots Fan Parody Blames Deflategate, Refs, Illuminati for Ending Super Bowl Run

NBC Sports spoof rubs salt in the AFC wound

It's been a rough couple of days for fans of the New England Patriots.

The defending Super Bowl champions were denied a return trip to the Big Game with a heart-breaking loss to their most hated rival, Peyton Manning. To make matters worse, the game likely came down to a first-quarter missed extra point attempt by usually reliable kicker Stephen Gostkowski (otherwise they wouldn't have had to go for two at the end to send the game into overtime).

But in this tongue-in-cheek video released today by NBC Sports, two Patriots fans are finding others to blame, even indicting referee Ed Hochuli for moving the goal posts during Gostkowski's missed kick.

Also, the Illuminti, because, why not?

The video is the latest in a series between NBC Sports and Above Average's sports comedy vertical, The Kicker. The 5-episode series, dubbed "Sports… The Musical?", features Broadway actors and singers and is led by Brian Usifer, the music director of Kinky Boots.

"Sports… The Musical?" is part of the new NBC Sports Digital Shorts portfolio focused on producing short-form original digital content for and other NBC Sports Digital platforms.