It wasn’t Tom Brady’s hand that set conspiracy theorists’ minds racing. It was an NFL game official who walked over to Brady and patted him on the back to get his attention. He was the first to congratulate Brady using the universal nice-job-man pat to the chest, praising Brady on clinching his eighth Super Bowl appearance.
It was enough to gain notice of a few NFL players and enough to begin the complaints of every Patriots critic (meaning, every non-Patriots fan).
Yes, sports fans, the Patriot favoritism is still very alive and well.