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What really happened to the Patriots' Surface tablets

What really happened to the Patriots' Surface tablets
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Sometimes, Microsoft can't catch a break. That's certainly true of its Surface tablets, which, despite having impressive specs, still linger in Apple iPad's shadow.

So, it's understandable that Microsoft spent millions of dollars on an NFL sponsorship, where NFL players use Surfaces on the sidelines, to review photos and videos of their plays. The association makes a lot of sense, when all goes to plan. After all, the NFL is cool and has millions of viewers watching the games on TV and digital devices.

In fact, last night's AFC Championship Game in which the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl, was the highest-rated AFC Championship game in 29 years, according to TV ratings service Nielsen. (Almost 32% of homes had the game on.)

Unfortunately for Microsoft, some of the Patriots had trouble with their Surfaces. In fact, on CBS, one of the commentators underscored the problem, pointing out that it was a problem with Microsoft's tablets.

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