The NFL has confirmed that eleven of the twelve footballs the New England Patriots used in the AFC Championship were, in fact,  underinflated.

The news broke soon after the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts that the NFL was looking into the claim that the Patriots team footballs were not as inflated as they should have been. Having under inflated footballs makes them easier to throw and catch, especially in wet conditions like Sunday.

Now, after an investigation, the NFL has confirmed that eleven of the footballs were under inflated by two pounds per square inch. There is some speculation as to when and how the balls were underinflated by the Patriots, but there appears to be a window of time where the balls are unsupervised by the league.

Each team is allocated a dozen game balls, which are inspected by refs two hours before kickoff. Once they are inspected, they are then returned to a ball attendant. The two-hour window is allegedly where the Patriots could have deflated the footballs.

Of course, several Patriots players are saying they noticed no difference with the balls during the game. Head coach Bill Belichick deferred any questions regarding the underinflated balls at a press conference Tuesday, instead focusing on his upcoming matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Stacey James, a spokesperson for the Patriots, said “We have been in complete cooperation with the league and will continue to do so.”

The opinions regarding what has been labeled DeflateGate are varying. Colts player Dwayne Allen pointed out on Twitter that the Patriots didn’t need a competitive advantage to beat the Colts Sunday, 45-7:

A few other Colts players took to Twitter to poke fun at the situation, including punter Pat McAfee:

If there is any way to confirm the Patriots caused DeflateGate purposefully, penalties could vary from losing draft picks, to fines, to suspensions, though discovering the source of the incident seems implausible. History may be playing against Belichick and the Patriots, however, as they were fined back in 2007 for filming the New York Jets practice to try and gain an advantage.


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