Eleven of the 12 footballs that the New England Patriots used this past weekend in their game against the Indianapolis Colts were reportedly deflated.
According to a tweet sent out by Chris Mortenson of ESPN, “11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources.”
A letter that the NFL shared with the Boston Globe reported something similar.
“According to a National Football League letter about the investigation into the controversy that was shared with the Globe, the Patriots were informed that the league’s initial findings indicated that the game balls did not meet specifications. The league inspected each of the Patriots’ 12 game balls twice at halftime, using different pressure gauges, and found footballs that were not properly inflated.”
The Patriots trounced Indianapolis 45-7 last Sunday, securing them a spot in the Super Bowl regardless of what the NFL finds did or did not happen with these deflated footballs.