Timeline of events surrounding Patriots' videotaping scandal

May 13, 2008: Matt Walsh met with Commissioner Goodell who said that he learned nothing new from Walsh.

NFL.com and NFL Network carried live coverage of Commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference following his meeting with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh. See some of the highlights.

May 8, 2008: Matt Walsh sent eight tapes to Commissioner Goodell that show the Patriots recording the play-calling signals of five opponents in six games between 2000 and 2002.

April 1, 2008: Owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick made the rounds at owners meetings apologizing for and explaining the videotaping scandal. In an emotional speech before NFL owners, Kraft and coach Belichick apologized for the franchise's involvement in the scandal.

April 1, 2008: Rule allowing defensive headsets passed by NFL owners. The vote was 25-7. A total of 24 votes were needed to pass the proposal. The Patriots were one club that helped sway the vote. The team voted against a similar proposal last year, but voted for it this year. The proposal last year garnered 22 votes.

February 2, 2008: Senator Arlen Specter wants to know why NFL destroyed Patriots spy tapes.

February 2, 2008: Matt Walsh, a former Patriots video assistant suggested to ESPN that he has information that could have exposed the Patriots prior to the situation at the Jets game.

February 2, 2008: Reports surfaced that an unnamed source has claimed a New England Patriots employee secretly videotaped the St. Louis Rams' pregame walk-through the day before Super Bowl XXXVI.

September 13, 2007:Patriots and coach Bill Belichick were fined a total of $750,000 and lost a 2008 first-dound draft selection.

September 12, 2007: Belichick apologizes "to everyone who has been affected."

September 9, 2007: Camera and videotape seized from a Patriots employee who was stationed on the New England sideline and suspected of filming New York defensive coaches who were relaying signals during the Patriots' 38-14 victory at Giants Stadium.

December 18, 2006: CBS analyst Charley Casserly alleges that Patriots were warned by League to stop using a camera to steal opposing signals.

November 19, 2006:Packers catch Patriots employee Matt Estrella with a camera on the sidelines and tell him to leave the sideline. Packers later catch Estrella filming from a tunnel and remove him from the stadium completely.

February 2005:Patriots defeat Eagles in Super Bowl. Players on the Eagles now say they were amazed at the Patriots' ability to know which defensive calls were coming.

January 27, 2002:Patriots defeat Steelers in AFC Championship Game. Steelers WR Hines Ward now says the Patriots "knew a lot of our calls."

January 2000:Patriots hire Bill Belichick as head coach, Belichick hires Eric Mangini as defensive backs coach.

Candid camera:

Here are the games included in the tapes turned over by Matt Walsh to the NFL, according to a letter sent by Walsh's attorney, Michael Levy:

Tape 1:Signals vs. Miami (Sept. 25, 2000)
The tape is labeled Sept. 25, but the actual game was on Sept. 24. That day in Miami, the Patriots lost to the Dolphins, 10-3, and dropped to 0-4. New England also lost its season finale to Miami, 27-24, on Christmas Eve. The Patriots finished 5-11.

Tapes 2-3:Miami defensive and offensive signals (Oct. 7, 2001)
The Patriots lost 30-10 at Miami. The Pats gained 149 total yards and fell to 6-14 overall under Belichick. (They're 99-26 since.) In a Dec. 22 rematch, the Pats gained 313 yards and didn't commit a turnover, winning 20-13 to improve to 10-5. Miami had three turnovers.

Tape 4:Buffalo signal camera (Nov. 11, 2001)
The Patriots beat the Bills 21-11 to improve to 5-4. The Patriots were outgained in the game, 242-205. In the rematch at Buffalo on Dec. 16, the Pats won, 12-9, and outgained the Bills, 335-310.

Tape 5:Coaches' signals vs. Cleveland (Dec. 9, 2001)
The Patriots won 27-16. New England barely outgained the Browns, 290-277. The Browns, however, turned the ball over four times. The teams didn't play again until Oct. 26, 2003, when the Pats won 9-3.

Tapes 6-7:Signals vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 27, 2002)
In the AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh, the Patriots were nine-point underdogs, and Tom Brady was knocked out with an injured leg in the first half. However, Drew Bledsoe came in and led the Pats to a 24-17 win, thanks to a Troy Brown 55-yard TD punt return and a 60-yard return of a blocked FG for a TD. The Patriots intercepted Steelers QB Kordell Stewart three times, and Pittsburgh running backs were held to just 19 yards.

Tape 8:Third camera vs. San Diego (Sept. 29, 2002)
New England lost at San Diego 21-14, its first loss of the season after a 3-0 start. Despite the loss, the Pats outgained the Chargers, 440-342. New England didn't play San Diego again until Oct. 2, 2005 and lost, 41-17.

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