ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Tuesday night that 11 of 12 Patriots game balls were under-inflated by two pounds each.
Oddly enough, it took Tom Brady’s lone interception on Sunday night during New England’s 45-7 win over Indianapolis in the AFC title game for this issue to originally be discovered.
Indy’s D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Brady’s pass intended for Rob Gronkowski during the second quarter. He complained after returning to the sideline about the ball possibly being flat, which eventually ended up with Colts GM Ryan Grigson catching wind of the matter and complaining to the league.
As explained in an earlier post, the main point of this method is to make throwing the ball easier.
ESPN’s FAQ on the matter does a great job in explaining the relevancy of deflating footballs. Ultimately, the balls must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.
The funny part of this is that New England outscored Indy 28-0 after the ball issue was already addressed in the third quarter.
Bob Kravitz, who originally reported the story for WTHR in Indianapolis, unloaded on Bill Belichick and the Pats after Mortensen’s report hit the public:
As indicated by Bill Belichick earlier this week, the Patriots are still acting in full cooperation with the league on the matter.
Get ready for two weeks of “the Colts should really be here”, “I hope the Pats lose”, and “the Patriots don’t believe in upholding the integrity of the game” talk for two weeks.
In other news, you had to know the Ravens were going to get involved with this…
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