ESPN: ‘Angry, distraught’ NFL finds 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were under-inflated for AFC title game

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NEW YORK — The NFL has found that the New England Patriots in last Sunday’s AFC Championship game had 11 of their 12 game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of (PSI) as required by regulations, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Tuesday night.

Mortensen cited “league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation” for his information.

The NFL declined comment on the report.

But Mortensen said one source described the league as “disappointed … angry … distraught” by the findings.

The investigation still needs to determine how the footballs became under-inflated, ESPN said. The game balls were required to be inspected and approved by the referee two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff — and no alteration is allowed once they are approved.

It is also yet to be determined what, if any, penalties may be imposed on the Patriots.

The balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

The Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1.

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113 comments

  • diesel

    Reverse their win and give it to the colts so we can play them in the superbowl, how else would they score that big of a blow out? Take them out the superbowl

    • Bob

      Diesel If soft footballs are an advantage why didn’t the colts show the same advantage. After all they also used those soft balls when they had the ball?????

  • Miss Bell

    I truly believe that the pats should be disqualified.. if you can’t play fair then what example are you setting the game is more then just a touch down or an interception its HONESTY and LOYALTY for the game its not about winning or losing BUT HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME!!!

  • Sean

    I am not a Patriots fan but I would like to know why none of the referees that spot every ball for every down never noticed the deflated balls? I can see missing one or two of the spots….but more than one person handles the ball on every down.
    I think more than the Patriots need to be checked!

  • just plain bs

    this is supposed to be pro ball, we dont need cheaters, they get paid to play fair and also set a good example, they have done neither, they have cheated more than a few times in the past, and the coach in specific is know for being a cheater… either punish them or others will follow in there footsteps. but at the same time, this is not proven yet, for all we know it could have been a ref paid off… so they need to figure this out, and if they cant figure it out, then punish everyone involved. it may not be fair, but its not fair to the team who got there win stripped from them by cheaters either… so they need to make this right somehow…

  • Nancy

    I find the ignorance regarding this issue amusing. A very reasonable explanation….. Brady prefers his ball on the softer side, thus the Patriots probably have all of their balls inflated to the absolute minimal legal standard, 12.5 psi. Any type of change in barometric pressure and temp would ALWAYS cause their balls to be deflated under regulation once the game starts. The one ball that wasn’t deflated is probably the one intended for the kicker, which would have been inflated to the absolute maximum psi, since the hardest ball is preferred for this purpose. The quarterback for Indy already said he prefers his balls to be hard, thus all their balls were inflated to the max legal limit, with the intent to keep the most psi possible throughout the game. No brainer, really.

    • Bob

      Would someone please explain to me just how the Patriots were cheating everyone was on the same field under the same weather conditions using the same balls. So how does the amount of air in the balls constitute cheating??????

  • youvegotemail37

    Sorry, when you cheat like that you don’t have the respect to go to the Super Bowl. A cheat is a cheat, you fine them but they will do it again! Take the Super Bowl away and they will know not to cheat again. I also don’t think all the Refs are honest either!

  • Sam force

    do you suppose anybody gave any thought that after being inflated indoors and then being carried outside for 2/3 hours during game that the cooler temp would cause the pressure to be reduced?…. Happeneds in car tires all the time :)

  • Rob

    Face it , Brady handles flat balls all the time , he even said that’s how he likes his balls
    It’s easier for him to grip
    That’s why the colts didn’t like his balls and knew something was up
    And wanted others to check out Brady’s balls
    And seeing as the NFL has no balls
    Nothing will come of it , or willll it

  • Elizabeth stevens

    all who are approving of the Patriots going to the Superbowl are wrong; don’t people care about what they teach our children and if so; why would the NFL and others still allow it.Shame on all of you that approve.