There is news regarding what has been coined “Deflategate.”
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the NFL found that 11 of the New England Patriots’ 12 footballs used in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game were underinflated by two pounds.
The NFL has no comment as this time, Mortensen says, adding Tuesday that the footballs were properly inspected and approved by officials 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff.
The Patriots have stated that they will cooperate with the NFL in their investigation of the matter.
NFL footballs are required to be inflated from 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked of the allegations that his team’s footballs were not inflated to the designated capacity during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley Monday afternoon.
“Whatever we need to do to cooperate with them, we’ll do,” Belichick said of the league.
In the hours following New England’s 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Bob Kravitz of WTHR reported that the NFL was going to look into whether or not the Patriots had deflated footballs during the conference title game. And by Monday morning, the league was investigating the issue.
There was one game ball supplanted with a kicking ball during New England’s win over the Indianapolis, when the Patriots’ offense was on the field for the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.