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The NFL Says Goodbye to the Polaroid, Hello to Microsoft’s Surface Tablet

The New England Patriots on the sidelines during a game vs the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Jan. 20
The New England Patriots on the sidelines during a game vs the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Jan. 20Photograph by Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Soon, NFL players will have a better way to see what happened on the last play than tilting their heads back to check out the scoreboard.

The National Football League today announced a partnership with Microsoft, through which coaches and officials will use Microsoft’s Surface tablets on the sidelines, potentially replacing coaches’ laminated playbooks and Polaroid images used by quarterbacks to figure out what went wrong on that last interception. The partnership also includes plans to use the Surface and next-generation Xbox game console for interactive viewing experiences for fans.