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by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports

11 of the New England Patriots 12 allotted footballs were under-inflated during Sundays game against the Indianapolis Colts, league sources told ESPN.

We are not commenting at this time, Greg Aiello, the NFLs senior vice president of communications, told the sports news-outlet.

An NFL letter regarding the investigation and provided to the Boston Globe confirmed similar findings about the game balls used by the Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory over the Colts.

Sources familiar with the investigation told ESPN that the footballs were found to be under-inflated by two pounds of air (PSI) less than what NFL regulations require.

The New England team may have drained the air from the footballs to make them easier to handle during the wet and windy conditions.

Yet to be determined is what, if any, penalties may be imposed upon Patriots.

One source described the league as disappointed … angry … distraught, after spending considerable time on the findings earlier Tuesday.

According to the NFL rule book, home teams are responsible for furnishing playable balls at all times, 12 for each team.

Once the referee makes sure the footballs are properly inflated, theyre delivered to ball attendants provided by the home team (Patriots, in this case). The Patriots and Colts used different set of 12 balls during the game. Reportedly, after a Colts interception, the defensive player noticed the ball was significantly deflated, and asked the referee to take a look at it, which sparked the NFLs investigation.

Deflated balls are much easier to throw in wet weather, and are also easier to hold by running backs, who also fumble far less with deflated balls.

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The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game. Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was docked $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft pick.

It was also alleged but never proven that the Patriots taped the St. Louis Rams private walkthrough practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI (2002). The Patriots won 20-17. Rams RB Marshall Faulk insists to this day that the Patriots cheated to win.

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Source: http://strikingtherightbalance.com/2016/10/07/after-examining-footballs-used-in-patriots-colts-game-the-nfl-reportedly-found-this/

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