Patriots survive against Chiefs to reach Super Bowl but coach’s Microsoft Surface takes a beating

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick with his Microsoft Surface and a disinterested referee. (CBS Sports screen grab via Twitter)

The back and forth NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday turned into another down and then up, up and away game for Microsoft’s sideline technology.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who two years ago said he had had enough of the Surface Tablet during games, was indeed using one during Sunday’s AFC Championship game. Until he wasn’t.

After a Chiefs score late in the fourth quarter, Belichick vented his frustration at a referee at what he thought was a pick play, and when that didn’t go anywhere the Surface did. First Belichick slammed the tablet into the ground at Arrowhead Stadium, and then he heaved it into the stands.

The action was not missed by Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft, who shared the same clip on his Twitter and Instagram feeds with his own commentary.

“He threw it on the ground … and then he threw it up in the stands!” Panay can be heard saying while laughing at the replay.

The Surface has taken this kind of beating before on NFL sidelines. And Panay said in his tweet “don’t worry … we quality test for this exact scenario.”