Report: NFL found 11 of 12 Patriots footballs under-inflated

AP

The New England Patriots may have some explaining to do.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com, the NFL has found that 11 of the 12 football used by the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated by two pounds each.

The Colts noticed one of the Patriots footballs was abnormal after linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Tom Brady. The issue was then relayed up through the organization and ultimately to the league, who began an investigation into the situation.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the investigation. Per Mortensen, the league has no further comment on the investigation at this time.

Mortensen said on ESPN’s Sportscenter that the investigation is still not complete and the league is still looking to determine how the footballs became underinflated. NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent said on PFT Live on Tuesday the investigation should be concluded within 2-3 days.

Per NFL rules, the footballs must be inflated between 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure.

It seems pretty improbable that mere happenstance would result in 11 of the 12 footballs being under-inflated without outside factors. While the blame for the deflated footballs has yet to be assigned, the Patriots won’t get much in the way of benefit of the doubt due to previous issues.

723 responses to “Report: NFL found 11 of 12 Patriots footballs under-inflated

  1. And the NFL will give the team a slap on the wrist (take away a 7th round pick or something) and sweep it under the rug. And then everyone’s attention will turn to the Super Bowl and we will all stop pretend caring.

  2. Are the balls inflated at indoor room temperature? Because if they are, and they’re then brought outside to near freezing the pressure will drop for sure. Wonder if the league accounts for that.

  3. have it on good authority that the League will hit them hard on this. Another #1 pick, huge fine and the stigma of being cheaters once again. It’s coming in 48 hours.

  4. Under inflated by 2 pounds each. Hmmm. Queu the pats fans citing the score, Aaron Rodgers, and science. Hahaha. At some point it is okay to admit a favorite team of yours is in the wrong or a favorite player. If you can’t do that I feel sorry for you.

  5. Does anyone really believe that cheating was even necessary playing the Colts? Of course not, yet they still did it. It’s like they can’t help but do it.

  6. When we’re they obtained?
    How long were they in the freezing weather–losing psi–before they were weighed?
    Did they weigh the Colts’ balls to compare?
    What’s a ball in 30-40 deg F weather weigh after 4 hours normally?
    Guarantee they haven’t don’t enough research to do anything
    Normal ball-altering fine is $25K. Throw a $275K fine in it and stop being bitches.
    So many questions need to be answered before anything can be done.

  7. Little to no impact on the game.
    Doesn’t mean we can’t use it to piss off pats fans for the next 50 years.

  8. Outside factors? Like 30-40 deg F weather for four hours, the ball hitting the ground/hands repeatedly? Play basketball outside and let me know if you need to repump the ball after four hours.

  9. I’ve lost a lot of respect for the Patriot organization after this one. Proves they really do anything to win at all costs, even cheat (in any way they can get away with). Definitely will affect Belichik and Brady legacy. Who knows how long this one has been happening.

    Montana and Walsh didn’t need to cheat to win Championships

  10. Now let me get this straight: I’m not saying the Colts win if those balls aren’t inflated, in fact, they probably only lose by 29 but that’s not the point.

    What if the game had been close? And the patriots had won by one or two points, and it turned out they had proposely broken the rules like this to help them? Then surely a draft pick dock and a a fine wouldn’t be enough?

    The penalty has the match the crime, and docking a draft pick and a big fine is not enough to warrant ANY team from trying to break the rules to get to the super bowl.

  11. In other news…water is wet! The Patriots cheating? Who would ever think such a thing? Oh everyone!! How about a forfeit of those Super Bowls and a lifetime ban?

  12. That’s it, I’m rooting for the Seahawks. They may have some abrasive personalities but I have absolutely had it with sleazy Darth Belicheat just flagrantly CHEATING his entire career.

  13. This is a franchise that celebrats cheating (snowplow incident) for a long time. Time to kick belicheat out if the NFL and fine the pats two 1st round draft picks.

  14. Ok. One underinflated ball might be an accident. But 11? Come on, no accident. This clearly gave a competitive advantage to the Patriots, allowing them to grip the ball better in bad weather. Would they have won without cheating, maybe. But the team deserves to get punished as a repeat offender and docked multiple draft picks.

  15. The referees touch the ball every single play when they spot it. I think this would have been noticed by one of them. That’s a significant difference and to not notice that is hard to believe.

  16. Let’s be honest, you don’t JUST start deflating the football for the first time in a conference championship. I suspect this has been going since 2007. Thats when Brady went from game manager, who could exploit teams due to illicitly obtained recordings, to a non-noodle arm laser throwing stat-padder. Look how long it took them to catch them with their cameras.

    To sum it all up, the Patriots, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Matt Cassell, Wes Welker, and Robert Kraft are all frauds and cheaters. Put an asterisk next to their names in the history books.

    Or if Goodell had any grapes he’d do like the NCAA and strip them of their wins and stats.

  17. Can I get some opinions from actual quarterbacks about the difference between the under/over inflated balls? How do they feel, travel through the rain and are under inflated balls better than regulation? Thanks.

  18. What a bunch of cheating scum. Is Brady still laughing?Mortenson is reporting that the NFL brass is pis#%d off. Can’t wait to see the penalties. Belicheat should be banned from the league starting now.

  19. The Colts should just be quiet. This is a team who had one of the all time greats with Manning. Then tanks all of their games to get a future all time great with Luck.

    Under-inflated balls? Give me a break.

  20. Because you can blame the patriots when the NFL refs inspect every ball before the game and handle them in between every play. The pats couldn’t even control when a certain ball is used. It’s 100% up to he refs so quit bashing the pats because your team sucks.

  21. It’s not surprising to hear that the patriots made a calculated move to assist in winning or gaining an advantage to help them win. The problem is that they have for years found a way to walk the line and not bend the rules but have the rules sway in their favor. At what point will the league view them as “REPEAT” offenders and issue a punishment that truly deters them from this behavior!

  22. I’m sure the pressure gauge on the air pump was just a tad out of whack. Excuse me now, I gotta go to Brooklyn to buy a bridge.

  23. You don’t say? Not the Patriots? I guess now you’ll have people on here trying to say that 11 out of 12 was pure coincidence and that it would have to be 12 out of 12 to be believable . When are these guys going to stop with these antics?

  24. The real problem with spygate is that the league’s handling of it left the impression that it was a big deal, when in fact it wasn’t and shouldn’t have illicited more than a finger-wag from the League. Hopefully the League shows some wisdom here and the punishment fits the crime (maybe a strongly worded letter of admonishment).

    Regardless of whether or not this is actually a “big deal,” whoever the highest ranking person with the Patriots to have signed off on this hair brained scheme is an idiot. If that is Belichick, then he is an extra big idiot. This is not a good look for the Patriots, and messing with the balls in this way would provide a comically small competitive benefit. It is really more a question of judgment than it is of ethics or fair play. Just dumb.

    Having said all of that, if the officials inspected balls that weren’t up to requirements, then that is on the league. Once the balls are signed off on, they are fair to use.

    This is a stupid controversy because in reality it doesn’t matter at all, it is just bad optics and the Patriots should have learned that exact lesson seven years ago.

  25. It just defies imagination that the Patriots keep coming up in allegations. Either the whole universe is against them (likely) or they are like an old fighter trying everything for one last score (also likely)

  26. If the ones that the Colts used were properly inflated, then we have an issue.

    If they were all under-inflated, then maybe the equipment guy on the Pats sideline needs Lasik surgery or something.

  27. They don’t care what the ramifications are they’ll cheat to win no matter the cost. They will give up their entire draft to make it to the super bowl.

  28. The Patriots are ridiculous. They could have beaten Indy if Tom Brady had washed his hands with butter before the game. They were the far superior team and the game was a no-brainer blowout. Why do they feel they needed to do anything to gain any advantage against a team they’re clearly better than? Pats fans will say it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game and they’re right but like it or not it gives Pats haters more ammo. How many times have we heard, “they haven’t won anything since spy-gate”? Now it will be, “since spy-gate until deflate-gate”. I just don’t understand why they think they need to do stuff like this against inferior competition.

  29. This might be the weirdest thing ever. I have never heard of deflating balls. If they perform better, why not let the teams decide how much air to put in them? At some point it is too flat to throw right? I guess i don’t get the whole inflation rule especially if each team uses its own balls during the game.

  30. So, in scoring 45 points, not one of the 12 balls provided by the Patriots was handed to a fan or tossed into the stands after a TD? Really?

  31. Brady is like the Joe Paterno of the situation and Belicheat is the Jerry Sandusky. He knew what was going on, but didn’t tell anybody. This blood is just as much on his hands.

  32. Every time a team accuses the Patriots of cheating, the other team is called a whiner or worse by the Patriots and their fans. How dare they say they cheated? But then the Patriots get caught cheating. Whatever happened to good sportsmanship? Obviously, there is no such thing in Foxboro. Shame on you New England Patriots! Shame on you!

  33. Nobody, I mean nobody, should be believe this was an accident. 11 out of 12, huh? The “ball” is now in your court, Belicheat.

  34. No surprise this organization is still cheating. Once a cheater always a cheater. I am surprised, however, that Kraft wasn’t able to get his buddy to sweep it under the rug. Cannot wait for the Hawks to put an end to this fake dynasty and establish themselves as the new dynasty. Let’s hear what the delusional pats fans have to say about this one.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  35. If the patriots won the game by throwing all over the colts I’d understand why this is an issue but they didn’t. Blount destroyed them with or without a deflated ball

  36. 11 out of 12 seems odd to me. Why not just under-inflate all of them? Maybe the ball boy lost count or something. It would be funny if the one correct ball was the one that Jackson intercepted which started this whole mess…

  37. The only reason this is news is because the Colts couldn’t even muster a whimper on Sunday. Partially deflated balls are not the reason Legarrett Blount ran wild for 3 TDs. There is no proof that the Patriots had anything to do with this ‘scandal’. Even if such proof arises, this is merely gamesmanship that comes with home field advantage- which I’m sure Colts fans can appreciate after so many years of pumping artificial crowd noise into the RCA Dome.

  38. PEDs on the Seahawks and typical Hoodie shenanigans like this with the Pats. Makes me wish both teams would lose.

  39. Instead of whining about air pressure in footballs during a blowout game, why don’t you folks do some reporting on Matthews head hunting Wilson…where is the talk about suspension and how much of a fine to be levied?

    That was clearly a very bad hit, from an illegal block that ended up helmet to helmet, appearing to have the intent to injury…why no reporting on that, as it seems to have had significant affect on Wilson’s play for the next hour and a half.

    The only thing I have seen is talking about Sweezy coming in late on Matthews as he was trying to body slam Wilson later in the game (in what appeared to be another attempt to injure). Saying how it should have been 15 yards added on, one could argue that the first hit on Wilson should have resulted in ejection from the game.

  40. The fact that 11 of 12 balls were under inflated by the same amount – two pounds – makes this look like anything but an accident.

    Roger Goodell says his number one job is protecting the integrity of the game. Beyond any reasonable doubt, a conference ‘champion’ has been found to be cheating. Again. Your move, Roger.

  41. I know it won’t happen and I know the under-inflated footballs have nothing to do with the outcome of the game, but this has to stop. For the integrity of the game sake. They should be made an example of. Getting caught cheating once is bad enough, but getting caught a second time…. They clearly didn’t learn their lesson. They should forfeit the win and colts should replace them in the super bowl. I don’t think the colts would mind not having the couple extra days of preparation. That is THE ONLY way to get it to stop. Taking away a draft pick or fining them obviously won’t work. They clearly are willing to risk that for a super bowl appearance. Like I said, it won’t happen, but it’s what needs to.

  42. Its magical that all the refs that handle the balls every single play dont notice anything but one defensive player who’s team is getting absolutely throttled touches a ball once and knows the exact pressure..

    Also if they were inflated inside somewhere at 75deg or so and then came outside to a massive temperature drop thats normal.. means 1 out of 12 was overinflated.

  43. I thought this was a media generated story with no substance but 11 of 12 balls provided be NE manipulated is flat out cheating.

    They may drop the hammer on a ball boy but I say by the end of his career Bill Belichick is going to get the Pete Rose treatment.

  44. The one ball not underinflated? The ball that was on the field for the opening snap. I wonder how the deflated balls effect field goals?

  45. Is anyone surprised? Nothing will happen as we have seen in the past, a fine, some draft picks…maybe. Kraft is the most influential owner in the league. He owns the ginger. Big market and the shields protection, Pats can do what they want, whenever they want.

    Get over it or don’t watch the Superbowl.

  46. Ban the coach for a year like they did with the saints. New Orleans hasn’t been the same since. They should also take draft picks and strip the win from them. Send the Colts to the Super Bowl.

  47. Rules are rules. Some get broken (holding, offensive pass interference) and some get bent without us fans seeing it (air pressure, clandestine videotaping).

    Would your team risk a 1st round draft pick and $250,000 for a Super Bowl Championship? I would hope my favorite team would.

  48. As a hard-core Pats fan, I’m not going to make any excuses.

    If this report is true -IF – then the Patriots have some explaining to do. And before anyone crucifies them, they should be allowed a chance to explain this.

    This wouldn’t be a case of some balls being at the lower end of the allowable limit, these balls would almost ALL be well below the minimum.

    I would also no longer question of the Colts tampered with the ball that they intercepted, being that 11 of 12 balls were under-inflated.

    All that said, any idiots who say the win should be vacated and the Colts allowed to play in the Super Bowl, please explain how the Patriots played the second half with “legal” footballs, and played BETTER, outscoring the Colts 28-0????

    There is a fine in place for this infraction, and it’s $25,000 Not a loss of draft picks, not a vacating of a win, not a suspension for the head coach. You may not like that, but that’s the penalty, IF they are found guilty.

  49. How much do you want to bet that it was the first ball of the game that was properly inflated. Figured that the refs wouldnt notice once the game started.

  50. Annnnnd there’s your Foxboro “Home Field Advantage” and Brady’s cold-weather fortitude, everyone. I am disgusted at this franchise’s continued existence gravely staining our once proud National Football League.

  51. Also, wonder if there are any other game balls from some of past Brady home playoff games. Probably explains why hes been such a good Qb in the cold. #Patsalwayscheat

  52. So were the Colts’ footballs similarly underinflated? Reporting offensive players as ineligible within the rules in a rarely used fashion is one thing, but given the Pats’ history, blatantly acting in disregard of the rules, even more minor ones, is another.

  53. STUNNED! WOAH! o_0

    FORFEIT THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP! COLTS VS RAVENS! NOW! THIS IS THAT SERIOUS! FEDERAL LAWSUITS STUFF!

    BELICHICK IS BANNED FOR LIFE! (HE’S THE BOSS)

    BRADY IS SUSPENDED FOR ONE WHOLE SEASON! (HE KNEW)

    PATRIOTS LOSE FIRST ROUND PICKS FOR FIVE YEARS. LOSE SECOND PICKS FOR THREE YEARS. LOSE THIRD ROUND PICKS FOR FOUR.

    PATRIOTS LOSE 10 MILLION IN SALARY CAP FOR FIVE YEARS.

    HAVE TO GO TO LONDON IN EACH OF THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. (Lose One Home Game)

    RULES ARE RULES FOR A REASON! This ain’t no Judgment call, this is LETTER OF THE LAW STUFF!

  54. All by 2 pounds each? Really?! What are the odds of that? Can’t use the “cold temp” excuse when one of the balls is okay – laws of physics don’t make exceptions.

  55. It doesn’t matter if the under inflated balls helped a little, helped a lot, or didn’t help at all. If they cheated, the victory should be forfeited. PERIOD!

  56. Tom Brady may be one of the GREAT all time QBs, and Belicheat an all-time coach. But someone needs to make sure there’s a HUGE asterisk next to their careers. They have constantly broken the rules in order to gain a competitive advantage over opponents for years. Who knows what else they’ve done that just hasn’t been caught? TAINTED championships, FRAUDULENT AFC titles. This is a recurring act, they are CHEATERS.

  57. Colts fan here.

    This didn’t matter to the outcome. The only balls that mattered that were light would be that of our receivers.

    This episode reminds me again why Belichek is the best coach out there. Say what you will, the guy is willing to chase any edge.

    Refs and the NFL have to step up. Between this and Aaron Rodgers, you now know that teams will push the limits on ball weight. This scandal says a lot worse about the refs than the Pats.

  58. Improbable that 11 of 12 are underinflated through coincidence.

    For them to all be underinflated by the exact same amount? That seems to be impossible without tampering. Patriots have some explaining to do.

  59. With that many balls involved, I think it’s safe to assume that whatever ref was supposed to check them before the game, didn’t.

  60. In a related news story, the Patriot ball boys and several Patriot equipment managers were last seen boarding a Kraft private jet en route to an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe…details at eleven….

  61. Look, this story is getting way too much play, and is really quite simple. We know that teams “groom” these balls for their QBs before presentation, and we now KNOW that the Packers intentionally try to overinflate their balls (and sometimes get away with it). So whether these balls were underinflated or not really doesn’t matter.

    What matters is this: were the balls underinflated before presentation to the refs, in which case this is their fault and the Patriots are in the clear, or did the Pats do something AFTER the refs checked the ball? Did they underinflate the balls after they were looked at (which would be shoddy, but not too ridiculous), or did they sneak in other balls after they were examined (which would be a blatant violation of the letter AND spirit of the rules and would be pretty terrible)?

    So let’s get on that, and otherwise not worry about little nothings such as 11/12.

  62. Wow what a dirt bag organization. Def not why they beat Indy but just more questionable BS coming out of New England. We know what we know but I wonder what these guys have been up to that people haven’t found out.

  63. The Patriots apologist force really is anxious to deceive people that this isn’t true. Because it’s not like they can take away the win. They CHEATED though!

  64. Easy. 11 for throwing. 1 for kicking
    . Slightly underinflated favors throwing, and odds are the other team would never touchange a Brady-Ball.

    Over or regular balls favor kicking field goals and kickoffs.. and the other team is likely to touch the kickoff ball so you need it regular pressure to not get caught.

  65. Cheater coach, cheater team, cheater owner, classless, unprofessional, dirty low life cheaters. But I’m sure the NE apologists will make excuses line NE is being targeted, Colts deflated the balls, it was Bush”s fault…blah blah. Cheaters

  66. Before asking the patriots, did anyone think to ask the refs why they didn’t notice? Conspiracy!!!!!! The refs are involved!!!!!! The NFL is behind the whole thing!!!!!! Goodel is buddies with Kraft! CBS giving favorable time slots!!!!! BenghaziBengahaziBenghazi!!!!!

  67. Rules are rules. They were broken now they need to deal with the consequences.

    Suppose to be an even playing field.

  68. The NFL says 11 of the 12 balls were 2lbs under inflated.

    They should make Robert Kraft pay the Colts 100% of their Super Bowl payout and he should have to pay each Colt player the money they would have received if they had played in the game.

    Further, if they did it this week, they’ve done it before. I know I’m a Jets fan and hate the Pats, but cheaters-and repeatedly caught cheaters like the Pats–need to pay a big price.

    Sean Peton sat out a year for bounties. BIlly Boy is a cheater, and should be banned from the game and the hall of fame. Just sayin’….

  69. Still don’t know how this’s relevant. Shouldn’t the refs have said something? They handle the balls on every play, how come they didn’t notice? A ball with slightly less air isn’t responsible for a 44-7 blowout.

  70. Each one was conveniently under inflated by 2 lbs. Lol, the Pats can’t help themselves cheating. I don’t doubt they would’ve still won the game against the Colts under inflated, over inflated or playing with a cube for a ball for all I care. The point is they shouldn’t be cheating and fines and a draft pick won’t cut it. I think they should lose their top two draft picks and pay a substantial amount of money in fines if they are found to be guilty of doing this on purpose. The rules are there to be followed, not skirted, or pushed to the limits. If you don’t like it then get out.

  71. Why are they being rewarded with a trip to the Super bowl? They cheated, plain or simple. Advantages like this can’t happen in a regular season game, let alone the AFC championship game.

  72. I could believe 1-2 balls slightly under the legal limit, but 11 out of 12 seems fishy.

    If NE is found guilty, what kind of consequences are they facing?

    NE dominated the Colts but if found guilty they just put doubt in many peoples mind when in fact they were the better team and didn’t need to cheat to win.

  73. Let’s make them play again this weekend, just for the sake of looking football on Sunday.

    The NFL is becoming the biggest soap opera in network television….

  74. Come on, the Genius is too smart to have done something this stupid and get caught a second time. Or is this the third? It’s getting tough to keep count.

    Anyway, the Pats fans have assured us that it was the Colts who were deflating the balls so they’d have something to whine about.

  75. In all seriousness…

    Why can’t the Patriots just line up and play football.

    It’s always something.

    The pats are the Barry Bonds of Football.

    Great Run but will anyone ever truly respect what they did?

  76. Come on, this is ridiculous. How much cheating is this team going to be able to get away with? They cheated their way to the Super Bowl. Hit them with a post-season ban next year.

  77. Hardly surprised. You don’t get the benefit of the doubt anymore when it becomes an ongoing theme. Not saying it impacted the outcome of the game, because it didn’t.

  78. “Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the investigation.”

    Why? All he has to do is say that everyone does it, all the teams in the NFL.

    Maybe so.

    So, why does Billy, Eddie and Tommy keep getting caught?

    Because it is a small and seemingly insignificant “error”.
    However, combined with many, many other seemingly innocuous “errors” one could begin to think they have an edge, be it true or not.

  79. And on a separate note: The NFL has just issued a press-release saying the balls in question have been destroyed. According to Commissioner Goodell: ” “There was no purpose for keeping them”. he later noted this action was taken ‘to preserve the integrity of the shield’.

  80. That’s far from a coincidence. Draft picks taken away? Stir up some stuff, to give bill less time to think about Seattle

  81. As much as this has nothing to do with the reason why the Patriots won, however this is still cheating and more reasons to doubt the integrity of the New England Patriots and to what extreme(s) will they go to keep trying to gain an unfair advantage. Whether small or big, cheating like this can’t be tolerated

  82. Heads are going to roll over this. Now that Belichick knows one of the balls didn’t get deflated properly like the other 11, I bet he’s pretty pissed off.

  83. Figures. Another Semi=Meaningless Super Bowl. Damn Cheaters. I hate Seattle and was gonna root for N.E. but that would be another false season. !st time in life i probably won’t even watch.

  84. This is getting ridiculous. How many times is this organization get away with trying to get an unfair advantage? And don’t think Brady and Belichek were unaware of this. A QB would not play with an under inflated ball unless that is how he preferred it. And before people claim that it is a minor issue, an underinflated ball is easier to catch, and easier to grip to avoid fumbles, especially in the elements. And the point is that no team should have an equipment advantage over the other.. and you know this is not an isolated incident, they most likely been getting away with this for years. As far as I’m concerned, Spygate has tainted the Pat’s first 3 SBs.. This puts this year’s title run in the same category…

  85. Lol – this is still pointless. When were the balls weighed? I would imagine if you weighed ANY football after being used in a game, let alone a cold weather game, they would lose pressure. If anything this makes the Pats look less guilty as the balls uniformly lost pressure after being tested vs just a few of the balls.

  86. Unreal, you can’t make any of this stuff up. All I know is one team over the last 15 years has been accused of cheating and evidence has even been found to back up the claims. Although I think the Pats would have won either way it does make you wonder.

    As an Eagles fan, no one on this earth can tell me anything to make me believe that the Pats didn’t have some type of upper hand in their Superbowl victory over the Eagles.

  87. Underinflated by 2 lbs each?!?!?!? How in the world did the refs not pick up on that when they were putting them in play?

    The only thing I can think is that the refs never checked them prior to game. Had they checked them before the game they’d have had to have noticed a difference in them out on the field.

    At 2 lbs underinflated I am not surprised the Colts player noticed a difference in the ball. I am stunned that referees that have handled footballs on every play of 4 weeks of pre-season and 16 regular season games did not pick up on this!

    Sounds to me like we had refs that didn’t do their job – from the rule book: “The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the
    ball attendant just prior to the start of the game.”

    11 balls underinflated by 2 lbs. No way in hell were the balls checked by the refs before the game.

  88. So let me get this straight. Colts get an interception at the end of the half. Down by 10.
    Then the refs investigate it, fix it, swap the balls, and then afterwards the Patriots go on to score…28 more points.
    How did that workout?

    Seems more unlikely that mere ‘happenstance’ would result in the Colts not stopping anything on defense, especially on the ground, and not scoring any points either.

  89. The NFL has themselves to blame for this! How can they leave control of 12 footballs per team to prepare ?
    This is a one Billion dollar operation .
    Part time refs ?
    Footballs left in the hands of teams to scuff , under inflate , manipulate to whatever their QB prefers .
    It’s one thing after another.
    Whatever ?
    Patriots have screwed the Eagles and other teams over the years and the NFL just sweeps it under the carpet !
    Bill , I mean Darth Vader ! WIN ! WIN ! WIN ! Anyway you can ! I don’t blame under-inflated balls for a 45-7 loss by the Colts. But can’t you ever play on the UP & UP Bill ?

  90. I really dont think it was the Patriots.. because if you think about it.. an underinflated ball REALLY hurts the kicking game (FGs, Kickoffs) and Bill B is all about playing all 3 facets of football.

    Im not saying they definitely diddnt do it.. but I dont think its AS beneficial to the team as a whole

  91. Pats fan. If its true the pats fans should demand belacheck resign. The stupid thing is they didnt need to do this to win, its cheating with no purpose. Im bitterly disappointed. Heads need to role!!!

  92. I am a 24 year Pats fan – IF this pans out true without a viable explanation or an error in measurement, it will seriously infuriate me with whomever is responsible.

    Fortunately, it’s coming from Mortensen. Given his track record on “breaking news” I am maintaining some doubt.

  93. There has to be video on the sideline. That said, all it takes is a 5-10 second poke of an inflation needle to each ball to drop it 2 pounds.

    With the balls on the Pats sideline, not quite locked up like Fort Knox, and a hundred or more Pats personell, not hard to disguise that casually over the course of 60 minutes or during plays when no one that is supposed to be watching, is watching.

  94. Yes Pats fans, we do realize that the Pats will would have won with properly inflated balls. Doesn’t change the fact that they’re a shady organization and always will be a shady organization.

  95. 11 of the 12 balls under inflated by exactly 2 lbs each. Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s no coincidence.

    Now Rog has a big conflict of interest. Last time he destroyed the Spygate tapes. Now will he stab Kraft in the back after he stood up for him during the recent mismanagement of the league’s domestic violence issues? Or take it light?

  96. It’s called physics. The Pats inflate them to the minimum requires 12.5 psi. The temp and air pressure dropped reducing the psi below the minimum

    No doubt physics will be implicated as a coconspirator in this ridiculous “cheating ” investigation

  97. The NFL was going to suspend Marshawn Lynch for the super bowl if he wore gold cleats that didn’t match his uniform against the pack. As a repeat offender, shouldn’t belichik be suspended for the super bowl for cheating?

  98. Two things really, really bother me about this.

    #1) If this sort of thing were really as important as it’s been made out to be, then why didn’t anyone make a big deal about it when Aaron Rodgers admitted to doing the exact same thing on national television? When the Patriots allegedly do it, a week long investigation is launched and its made into an enormous deal, yet when another team is certain to have done it, nobody even batted an eye. This raises serious questions about the integrity of the league that go far beyond whether one team gained a minor advantage over a team that they were 38 points better than. It raises Tim Donaghy level questions about the integrity of the league.

    #2) If 11 of 12 balls were under-inflated by as much as 16%, why is the team taking the heat and blame rather than the officials, who per NFL rules are supposed to have verified that the balls were to spec and then had complete supervision of them until game time? The team – whether its the Patriots or the Packers or anyone else – should have zero responsibility for this if the proper procedures were followed. According to NFL rules, if a team tried to present under or over-inflated balls for play, they should have been rejected over 2 hours before game time by the officials. On the other hand, if the team did present properly inflated balls, then the officials are the ones who are responsible for their improper inflation.

    Overall, it makes the league look much, much worse than the Patriots.

  99. And how do we know they haven’t been doing this all year long? Protect the Shield and the Integrity of the game Roger!! What a joke this season has been.

  100. I really wanted to cheer for the Patriots for once.. but they’re making it rather difficult. I would much rather Brady win another super bowl than the Seahawks “repete.”

  101. Mr. Commish,

    This time be sure to ask for every single tape. Even if there aren’t any, demand to see them all. Free advice.

  102. when will the nfl learn? Seattle got accused of tampering with the kicking balls way back when Romo botched the snap/hold. Now the Pats are obviously tampering with the balls.

    While I don’t tnink the deflated balls had much to do with Pats winning (tell me, how many yards did the pats RBs throw for again? oh thats right, they just RAN all over the colts), if the NFL doesnt want teams to tamper with the balls, they need to employ an NFL official who does nothing but control all the balls during the game.

    As much as I wanted the Colts to win, I doubt that this had anything to do with it.

  103. And for what it’s worth, I do believe the Pats would have submitted underinflated balls to the refs pregame. Even Arron Rogers admitted to Simms that he likes overinflated balls if they can get them into the game.

    Seems to me BB has found a loophole. It’s not illegal to submit an over or under inflated ball for review. It’s just illegal to tamper with the weight after it has been reviewed by the ref.

    Definitely time for a process change here. The balls should be checked by the ref with the equip mgr’s from both teams present as witnesses, and then the balls locked up until just prior to the game, when the ref gives them to the ball attendant.

  104. This is much ado about nothing. If I inflate a ball in ambient (~70 degrees F, 50 % humidity) conditions, and then expose that ball to a cold, humid (i.e., rainy) environment, it will lose pressure (all of us have noticed loss of air pressure in our tires, right?). The question related to the NFL rules, is WHEN is the PSI supposed to be measured. If they are silent, then the rule is trivial.

  105. Colts still lost, what’s the point of this investigation? The league’s vendetta against the Pats continues.

    Just like the 2007 investigation, when it was found that every team was taping sideline practices, I’ll bet you that EVERY team in the league under-inflates their balls to some degree or another.

    The Pats are just unlucky enough to fall under the microscope, again.

    Props to the Colts for not whining about it like those losers from the AFC North.

  106. I also wonder whether or not anyone involved in football understands basic physics or has ever had to inflate their tire on a cold winter morning.

  107. Belichick is responsible whether he knew about it or ordered it. After Spygate he must be suspended for at least a year, starting today. This is worse than bountygate by a mile.

  108. They share balls with the other team, I don’t understand why even try this. I feel they should be disqualified from this year’s draft entirely. That would send a loud message!!

  109. Honestly, the question of how, certainly has to be answered. On the other hand, the answer of how the refs didn’t notice a 2lbs/psi difference between possessions. I’m assuming it’s 11 of the Patriots 12 scrimmage balls we’re talking about here, which means the refs handled the two different pressures extremely close together in the 1st qtr, when both teams went 3 and out.

    As far as the Patriots, the evidence is still only circumstantial at best. The way the balls are handled pre-game makes it very difficult for someone to be able to tamper with them in the 2 hour window, between unlocking and kickoff. Granted, 2 hours is allot of time, but there’s cameras, people etc… all over the place starting early also. So, if there was tampering, some evidence has to be out there somewhere.

    Still, I’m unsure how this should be handled, frankly. At first I’d say strange, but without evidence… After Rodger’s statements regarding purposefully trying to over-inflate, it gives me pause. Admittedly, I am a Pats fan, so I could be going easy on them due to bias, but, I dunno it seems like the refs had every opportunity here and were aware a little over halfway into the 2nd half that something appeared to be wrong with the scrimmage balls.

  110. Belicheat cheated? Stop the presses, that hasn’t happened in a few days (as far as we know). Strip the undeserved Lombardi trophies from this pathetic organization and bar Belicheat from ever setting foot in any NFL stadium again.

  111. “So a deflated ball caused a 45-7 drubbing?”

    That will be the most frequent comment you see here. If the Patriots are so much better than all the other teams (and they are, at least in the AFC), then why do they still resort to doing things like this? I find it hard to believe that they are actually worried about their chances if they don’t cheat, but who knows?

    To stop them from cheating, they need a serious penalty. Take away a high draft pick.

    Downvote away Pats fans!

  112. The Patriots clearly have to learn a lesson. Here are some thoughts:

    — Let the Ravens and Colts play in the AFC championship this Sunday.
    — Ban Belichick for one year (even if he didn’t have knowledge, he sets the tone and this never should’ve happened).
    — Dock them a first and second round pick.

    Then maybe they’ll learn to stop cheating.

  113. JUST IMAGINE ALL THE OTHER CHEATING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT IF IT WASN’T FOR THE INTERCEPTION BY DQWELL JACKSON THEY WOULD BE SITTING PRETTY

  114. Why is it the patriots always find themselves in these type of allegations…you can make all the excuses in the world for the cheaters but again here you are defending the cheaters once again….classless organization.

  115. Good God man!! I hope the league just dishes out a penalty fast so we can move past this idiocy and focus on the damn game. I can’t believe there is this much coverage over what amounts to less than an ounce of air in damn football.

    Suspend Belichick, take away a draft pick, whatever. Just kill this story already.

    Seeing as 11 of the balls turned up exactly the same PSI, seems as though one of two things happened.

    1) Refs didn’t check the balls pregame

    2) Patriots doctored them after the inspection.

    Either way, right or wrong, they are guilty. Congrats to PFT, ESPN, SI, and every other media member who has been waiting to hang Belichick. Grab your nooses.

  116. As a pats fan, if this story is confirmed, the league really does need to drop the hammer… It would be infuriating if belichick didn’t learn his lesson… I’m very disappointed in the franchise if they ordered balls to be deflated. It just doesn’t make sense to jeopardize everything they’ve worked for… Can only hope the report finds that maybe the ball boy screwed up or something. But if not… Man… Smh.

  117. Seriously though Roger, part-time refs, teams bringing their own balls, only testing some of them for inflation before the game. Is this a billion $ industry or a JV game?

  118. The have no credibility. They will never be considered Super Bowl champs. They will only be known as a fraudulent team. I feel bad for all the fans that tried to defend them all these years. You deserve better.

  119. Is this a big surprise? Every time Belicheat, Brady, and the Pats make it to the Super Bowl they cheat in some sort of fashion to get there. They should lose draft picks and be fined! It’s ridiculous they continue to cheat and it’s time the NFL lays the hammer down on that franchise for being scum.

  120. Shame they can’t go back and check how they were against the Ravens in a much closer ball game. That would be very interesting. I don’t think deflated footballs were the sole reason for a 45-7 win.

    Now for a 35-31 win? Hmmmmmm.

  121. Points to consider:
    a) why would the Patriots deflate 11 balls, and leave one at regular inflation?
    b) has the league checked the Colts balls? otherwise, it is impossible to say only one set of balls was altered.
    c) has the league undertaken a study to determine the expected loss of air under the conditions that existed that day in Foxboro?
    d) is it logical to believe that none of the officials noticed the balls were deflated, but an anonymous equipment guys on the Colts staff figures this out?
    e) what happened to the ball that Brady saved for Solder after his touchdown?
    f) do any of us Patriots fans care? No, the trolls will never let it go, but we’re going to the Super Bowl!!!

  122. Have teams play with new football right out of the box, on game day. Those footballs would have a special label on it, so the game refs, would be able to identify. Eliminate the 12 practice football from the process. NFL Officials would have supervision over said footballs. This would eliminate cheating. It’s a sad day in the NFL, whenever the integrity of the game and shield is violated.

  123. I don’t think people are really surprised the Patriots cheated again. I think most people already know Belichick and his cronies will do whatever it takes to win, regardless of the rules. Right now, Belichick is in a hotel room with some cheap floozy and a mountain of white, just laughing at the stupid media and dumb NFL fans who have to watch his team flaunt the rules. He knows the NFL won’t do anything to tarnish it’s reputation, and will just slap him on the wrist. The NFL is weak. It’s run by greedy, fan-hating owners. The only thing they care about is their bottom line, and would leave the fans of an entire city if it meant increasing their wealth. I love football. I love watching it. But it sickens me that these kind of things go unpunished. And if you think a million dollar fine will do the trick. Think again. Belichick won’t learn until you do one of two things. Strip his team of a title or take away all of his draft picks for the next year. Bet he doesn’t pull this stuff again. Bank on it.

  124. Some things to really ponder here.

    What do corked bats, excessive pine tar, Vaseline or foreign substance or under inflated footballs all have in common? Yeah they are illegal. When they catch someone with a corked or over pine tared bat they take away the hit (in George Brett’s case his home run was taken away.) Imagine if they went in the dugout and found 33 out of 40 bats corked what would happen. That 8 out of 9 players used, but they won 20-1. Then everyone said they would have won with a plastic one. Now if you are telling me after Tom Brady stated hog-wash he did not know the difference between proper ones or under-inflated ones he is surely a liar. Pete Rose did not get one of his 4000 plus hits by gambling while he was managing yet he is banned from the Hall. So what should the penalty be in a game of this importance? It is still against the rules. If known it is then cheating. So you all tell me what should happen now. How about a 2 million dollar fine and the coach and owner banned for one year? Yes? No?
    I think these are legit thing to certainly ponder. If Brady knew then what happens to him down the road? Has to be a two way street folks.

  125. Two pounds is significant. Enough that a DB and/or equipment mgr could sense the difference in that weather…. I hope they also tested the colts’ balls. Why wasn’t that specified here?

    I despise belichick and his pats, but I was still inclined to believe this was just a ridiculous conspiracy theory. But, now? No. This is damning.

    I don’t care about the rationalizations that the pats were successful on the ground. Cheating is cheating, whether we saw a direct effect or not. Just the mere confidence boost Brady might have felt with a better grip would have been significant in the outcome of the game. Success is a matter of inches. The inches they need are everywhere around them. And those inches are also, now, related to pounds of pressure…..

    To anyone who believes this is all irrelevant, I would posit that the franchise wouldn’t have done/risked it if they didn’t believe there was a significant advantage. The adage goes, “never steal less than a million,” or some such. Because the bounty had better be well worth the penalty. Same here. Looks like a super bowl will be worth the loss of draft picks or whatever flaccid penalty the league metes out to its golden boy(s).

  126. LOL, not a surprise at all!!

    I take solace in knowing the Patriots used tricks and hijinks to beat my Ravens. Can the Patriots beat anyone straight up?!?

  127. Take their 1st round draft pick maybe a 3rd as well include a 6 digit fine.

    If was 2 or 3, let it slide, ALL but one. Shows you what they think of the NFL and its rules.

  128. Recall the incident earlier this season during a game between the Vikings & the Panthers, in which Fox cameras found team ball attendants using sideline heaters to warm the game balls in direct violation of the league rules.

    On Monday, Blandino said this, and I quote from an ESPN article on the subject:

    ” NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Monday morning on NFL Network that officials warned both the Vikings and Panthers not to heat up the balls during Sunday’s game, and would remind teams this week not to heat game balls. ”

    So…the NFL told the teams before the game not to violate the rules by heating the footballs during the game, and when Fox’s cameras caught ball boys on the sidelines doing it anyway, the NFL front office’s response to that was…to say they’ll keep reminding everybody not to do that.

    Well OK then.

    No punishment, no investigation, no apparent controversy.

    Rules without sanctions are merely suggestions.

  129. 11 0f 12. That pretty much eliminates the “oops” defense. Good thing it was a blowout. Imagine if the game was decided by a one handed circus catch as time ran out.

  130. If found to be guilty, Belichick needs to be suspended for a year as was Sean Peyton…and Im not so sure suspension for the SB is out of the question at this point.

  131. In 2011, Brady stated that he prefers under-inflated footballs. He knows the difference between properly inflated balls and his preferred deflated balls. Therefore , it seems ridiculous that he was not aware that 11 out of 12 footballs he was handling in the AFCCG were under-inflated. Looks like Deflategate is real after all.

  132. Crazy that the refs handled and spotted every single one of these balls on the field and never noticed. Must have been minimally different than the colts balls if the never noticed, eh?

  133. Less slap on wrists and more serious punishments need to be handed out to repeat offenders. If Sean Payton has to sit out a year Bellicheck needs to be suspended for 1 yr and they need to start looking at vacating or forfeiting wins. Can NOT keep messing with the integrity of the game. This is very serious.

  134. NFL will find a way to dismiss this.
    If true, I say put the Colts in!
    It’s cheating, plain and simple. I am not a Colts fan. How many times do the Patriots have to cheat? They are cheaters. Tell me how they are not…
    It’s ridiculous, “deflate the ball a little, it’ll help Tom grip it better.” Really? BS! Just play the game, go by the rules, damn. And don’t give me the old ‘ If you ain’t cheatin you ain’t tryin’ crap.

  135. As a Patriots fan, this is shameful, disturbing, upsetting, and embarrassing. Adults are supposed to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in the future, especially those that cost $500K and tarnish everything you’ve accomplished in your football life.

    Now this. Now everything they do can and will and should be questioned. Every pass, catch, punt, kick, and win will have some turd on it. Thanks, Mr. Belichick. 2 pounds?!? 92% of the game balls?!? Really, ya friggin’ douche-guy?!?

    I don’t think I can root for this team anymore, at least not until Bill is gone.

  136. How bad could this have been? Doesn’t a referee spot the ball on every single play? They even throw them around a little in between to each other. Not one of them noticed they felt under-inflated?

  137. Im going to go with who ever had the job of checking the PSI fcked up somehow maybe a broken guage. either way idc the patriots destroyed the colts no matter what coming from cardinals fan

  138. I think they should be disqualified. I know they beat the tar out of the colts, but this is sever enough to warrant disqualification. They took an advantage that the league said they couldn’t have, and was not afforded to their opponent.

  139. If that is true, that would be a disapponting reality… I hope it is not the case, but the smoke is concerning for a fire. The unfortunate part in my opinion, is that the Patriots likely would have won the game anyways as they controlled the game, but the rules are there for a reason & now we will never know. Say whatever, but that would be cheating, & that is not something to be respected. The other day, I was telling my dad how innovative Belichick is, now I am worried that he has no integrity. If the findings are true & the Pats were conspiring to break the rules, the penalty should be severe. Where do u draw the line? I say at the rules. Hope it’s all a misunderstanding:(

  140. They’ve run and thrown all over the Colts the last few times the two teams have played. I have no idea why Bill would have even bothered with this, if that’s what happened. They’ve had the Colts’ number and it hasn’t even been close, and everyone knows it. Something’s weird about this story.

  141. Why would the ref be replacing under inflated balls on the field, with another under inflated ball?

    Were these balls even inspected properly by the referee as per protocol? I’m wondering if this is an issue the league was just lazy on (see their lack of investigation of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers after comments saying they over inflate the footballs, because that’s what works better for Aaron’s hands). It seems everyone likes the balls just a little different. Maybe the league wasn’t vigorously enforcing this until a formal complaint was made? That’s happened before….

  142. Unreal, you can’t make any of this stuff up. All I know is one team over the last 15 years has been accused of cheating and evidence has even been found to back up the claims. Although I think the Pats would have won either way it does make you wonder.

    As an Eagles fan, no one on this earth can tell me anything to make me believe that the Pats didn’t have some type of upper hand in their Superbowl victory over the Eagles.

  143. In a related story, water soluble lacing, internal traces of mustard gas and a paucity of pebbling were all noted features of the footballs examined.

    More teams are expected to file claims shortly as they also lost to the Patriots over the course of this past season and their fans now feel “cheated” and a bit “deflated”.

  144. Brady knew. I would have expected a more vehement denial from him than Ye Olde “I am not going to justify it with a comment.”

    As with all cheaters, it makes you wonder what else they have done. Patriots don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.

    League needs to send the Patriots a strong message here — one that does not punish just for the balls, but teaches the Patriots not to pull this type of crap again.

  145. So that’s why Romo stats are so good, deflated footballs. I was wondering how Romo with small hands was able to grip the football with back issues.

  146. Patriots….wow that name has become synonymous with “cheaters” in the dictionary. At the end of day, its not about your homer fans defending anything & everything you try to get away with. Its about Respect for the game: from your fellow peers, giving it your all, playing hard, but within the rules. Its what we try to teach out kids to try your best, “cheaters never win in the end”. All of us who love and have played the game at different levels know the current patriots style of cutting all the corners seems seems to falls way short, and instead of looking up to your organization with esteem, we are left to think how many other times have they cheated (when they were already a very good team, but appear to have needed that extra edge, ex: like steroids in baseball/Barry Bonds)

  147. Looks like lost draft picks doesn’t deter cheating – Pats still going to the Super Bowl. Maybe the magnitude of the cheat shouldn’t matter, cheating is cheating, and it will never stop until the penalty is a forfeit. If the Colts got to go to the Super Bowl instead, maybe Belichick would stop “whoever” is cheating .

  148. Damn, Are the Patriots really that desperate?? How ironic is this situation, its kinda sad that a organization linked to CHEATING once before is now linked to CHEATING again…I guess history does repeat itself

  149. The Patriots are an elite team. And have been for more than a decade.

    They don’t need to cheat.

    So why do they keep doing it?

    Belichick is a maniac – that’s all I surmise.

  150. For the people saying it wouldn’t have mattered anyway during the Colts game, what about previous games? How long has this been going on for? Did it occur during the Ravens game? Or other foul weather games during the season? And for those who wonder how it could be done, I would bet you could figure out very quickly for how many seconds you need to stick a pin into a football to bleed off two pounds of pressure, and no one would ever see it happening, it would look like you were just holding the ball.

  151. I’m sure we will get the usual plausible deniability from the Patriots. After all of the poor decisions he has made this year, Goodell could redeem himself some in the eyes of the public by suspending Belichick for the Super Bowl.

  152. Interesting that after “spygate” the Pats really struggled and went 18-1. Also interesting after they played the first half of Sunday’s game with under-inflated footballs, they put up MUCH better numbers in the second half. Again, much ado about nothing. Here is the formula for driving viewership/clicks: media exaggerates situation + customers fall for it = $$. The media is the media, we all know it never reflects reality 100%. The problem here is the dumb fans who believe everything they see on the internet and in the newspaper. Doesn’t change the fact the Pats clearly are an elite organization and it obviously had zero effect on the outcome of the game. I almost wish they’d make them play again just to allow the Pats to showcase their dominance another time.

  153. Someone going to lose there job over this…Belicheck will not be happy that someone did not deflate that 12th ball, what would have happened if that one got in the game at a key time. Unacceptable!!!

  154. This is, without a doubt, the most bizarre sports scandal I’ve ever seen.
    No Patriots players notice (let’s be real, if it was intentional, the circle of involvement is small)
    No league officials who handle it every pats offensive snap notice
    The guy who hardly handles a football DOES notice
    He keeps the pats allotted ball (wtf?)
    11\12 found low, leaving (inexplicably) 1 regulation.
    Aaron Rodgers straight up admits he breaks inflation regulations, its broadcast on national TV and explained by prominent NFL commentators why he likes them out of regulation, yet it gains zero traction as cheating.

  155. Seriously though, Is anyone shocked?

    The league has this 3 strikes you’re out policy with players. It’s time to adopt it across the board. I am thinking a 1 year ban is appropriate a la the situation in New Orleans. Video Cameras, stealing signs and now this? It will continue until the league does something other than take away a late round pick.

  156. Steelers were victims of Spy Gate (and Kordell Stewart). If Pats are found guilty in this, Belichick should be suspended for next season, in addition to forfeiture of draft picks. The fine is meaningless!

  157. Makes it seem more weather related to me. Pretty sure nature doesn’t decide which balls it selectively feels like deflating. Physics & temperature changes would affect all balls equally…

    (Way to lead the witness with the opening sentence, btw)

  158. So 11 balls have air purposely deflated on the sideline after the refs checked them, what is suspicious here is how you do that and get all 11 of them exactly the same weight.

    Per a refs comment this week you would need to do it with a pin and I’m assuming the ball boy on the sideline isn’t usibg a pressure gauge also in plain view on the sideline

    My guess something is wrong with the process

  159. What a shocker.

    The Patriots have a history of being very creative when it comes to fining ways to gain a competitive advantage over their opponents.

    It doesn’t matter that they didn’t need to do it. It’s what they do. They have a systematic and time tested approach towards tipping the games in their favor.

    The pats have already compromised the integrity of the entire league in the past. No one can deny that. As the past has shown us. This issue will either be swept under the rug or destroyed just like those tapes. Expect a slap on the wrist or some scapegoat like a ball boy.

  160. Ridiculous that a team that breaks the rules be given the opportunity to compete for a championship. I think the majority agrees that the runner up Colts should be given the AFC Superbowl bid. Hope Goodell does the right thing here

  161. Oh, everyone knows that there’s no advantage to better grip in driving rain. And everyone know’s the Patriots have a sterling record in the ethics department. Oh wait.. no they don’t.

    None of this surprises me. I wish I could say Go Seattle with more enthusiasm (Pete doesn’t exactly have a clean record in the “cheater” category either) but I will for a one game.

    If the Colts and Pack had played we wouldn’t have had these cheaters getting to prosper. Oh well.

  162. In the words of Roger Goodell in regards to Belichick, “If he didn’t know what was going on, he should have”. I think a one year suspension of Belichick and two surrendered number 2 picks is in order here. Or even more since this is his 2nd offense.

    Prediction: monetary wrist slap and the 11 underinflated balls get destroyed.

  163. They cheated. Again. And they prosper because of it. Again.

    Would the AFC title game have been any different if they hadn’t cheated? Probably not.

    BUT, how many of those 12+2 wins were legit? Did this start after they got trounced by KC? Did they even deserve the #1 seed?

    No one knows, but the NFL’s biggest game has one side represented by a dirty organization.

    Kind of sums up the NFL’s 2014-15 season, no?

  164. Do you think the Patriots care?? What is the League going to do? Fine them? Take draft picks? They don’t give a crap because they are still going to the Super Bowl. The only way to get them to stop cheating is to start taking things off of them they care about….wins. Make them forfeit their spot in the Super Bowl to the Colts. Then people might think twice about cheating. Until then, everyone else might as well do it because there isn’t a team in the NFL that wouldn’t gladly trade a fine and/or a couple picks for a spot in the Super Bowl.

  165. If you’re going to cheat, either deflate 1-2 balls or deflate all 12 balls. Why deflate 11 of 12? just makes it look a lot worse.

  166. The 12th ball beings the kickers or punters ball.
    You know what they say once a cheater always a cheater.
    Either way BeliCheat, Brady Gaga and the patsies will lose this Sunday.

  167. Who supplies the balls for games? The NFL? The league has an on field staff to manage the balls during the game, and none of those people, people who held the balls in their hands, noticed the issue?

  168. Yea and the NFL ain’t going do sh#t about it that’s what wrong with the league if they want there fan to respect them they need to take away there SB trophy or whatever the team earned by cheating until then I will always be a believer that the NFL is rigged one way or the other

  169. Cheaters. Obviously the Pats almost certainly would’ve still blown out the Colts had the balls been properly inflated, but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is they cheated, again. Rules are rules and the rest of the NFL has to follow them, yet the Pats have always thought they were above the rules. The fact that they would’ve beaten the Colts anyways does not justify cheating and it does not somehow make it less of a violation.

  170. Someone please explain to me that if these balls were inspected by the referees prior to play and then handed over to league ball boys how someone on the patriots team then deflated them? Then through out first half of game the balls are handled by referees and are not discovered to be a little under inflated. Not sure how you can blame the team when it’s up to referees to check the balls. I’m not sure where the balls were inflated and kept but Carolina’s kicker has said on twitter that often times what a ball weighs inside changes once outside. This really seems like a lot about nothing and if it wasn’t the winningest team of the last decade no one would have cared. Maybe the colts should have spent time trying to figure out how to stop the Patriots instead of worrying about how inflated a ball was. 2nd half balls were removed and Pats steam rolled the Colts. I’m sure many fans will look for ways to validate there teams getting beat by the Pats but deflated balls wasn’t one of them. If Patriots players and coaches knew the balls were deflated do you really think they would come out and brush it off as a joke after all the spy gate bs? If your intention was to “cheat” why 11 and not all 12? I think this is more on the NFL side of things not checking the balls correctly. The whole thing is trivial and ment nothing to the outcome of the game but if NFL really gave a damn than they should have been providing the balls to all teams from day one. This is just another attempt by jealous organizations and fans to try and discredit the Patriots. Keep hating.

  171. I can’t help but wonder how many times New England has done this.

    How anyone can take seriously *any* of their titles – the 3 they have and any they might win with Belicheat – is beyond me.

  172. Wow…exactly 2 lbs each…definitely planned by the Pats.
    Probably cost them at least their 2015 1st round pick.

    Belichick’s rep falls farther from mad genius to sleazy cheater.

  173. Just because this wouldn’t have significantly affected the lopsided AFC Championship Game score isn’t the point. The Patriots were caught trying to illegally change the outcome BEFORE the game.

    This should cost them their 2015 draft.

  174. Greatest QBs of all time:

    1.Everyone who has won a Super Bowl and not cheated.
    2. Everyone who has played in the NFL
    3. Tom Brady

  175. If there really is a problem found, there can only be one punishment… The Patriots get to play all home games in London for a year. Hey, Kraft wants a team there so bad, it can be his.

  176. Let’s think this through and take emotion away from Patriot fans and detractors alike. Based upon Mort’s report of the balls being two pounds lighter, I assume that means two PSI under the lowest limit of 12.5 PSI per the league rule book. The question I’ve heard from Pats fans is “wouldn’t the umpire feel the difference.” That seems like an easy exercise to fill two balls to 10.5psi and 12.5 psi respectively.

    But if that proves too difficult for a media outlet to do, here is a logical thought one must ask themselves. How could a 16% difference not be noticed? I drive a midsize car in the mid-Atlantic (rarely extreme temps) with a suggested tire psi of 34. If one or more of my tires were at 28.6 psi I know I’d feel that. I’m not a physicist so I’m not sure if that is an accurate comparison. Regardless, from what I remember in chemistry 101, it’s not the raw number difference, it’s the percentage decrease/increase that is important.

  177. Not sure what author means by “mere happenstance,” but an inflated ball can lose pressure by means that have nothing to do with skullduggary or any form of human manipulation, i.e., cold, time, combo of both.

    What seems “pretty improbable” is that this Patriots team, arguably its best of recent years, a team that thumped Colts in last season’s divisn’l and again in Indy in W9, would put a potential win at risk by engaging in shenanigans through intentional deflation of game-balls. It would seem.

  178. In the NFL Justice System the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. Reporters who commit ESPN-on-ESPN crime and the NFL Commissioner who prosecutes the offenders. These are their stories.

    CLink-CLink

  179. Man why risk it , 45-7! Can it really be that much of an advantage? “Lucy!!” “Chew got sun ezplainin ta doo!!”

  180. It’s either a faulty pressure gauge on the ball blowerupper, or cheating. If cheating change their name to the Asterixs. They don’t deserve Patriot.

    Seriously if it is determined to be a deliberate act then they should be thrown out of the Superbowl.

  181. My question – did both team benefit? Or were the under-inflated balls only used by the Patriots? Regardless, as a Falcons fan without a dog in the fight, I don’t think it would have mattered if the game was played with rugby balls, basketballs, or tennis balls, the Colts were going to be put out to pasture.

  182. Aaron Rodgers said they submit the balls over inflated and see if they come through. Obviously, it works often enough that they do it. That tells me that the refs are not really inspecting the balls on many occasions. This sounds like a league problem not a Patriots problem.

    Time to hire full time officials.

  183. I’m just so sick of this team constantly pissing all over the rules and the spirit of pure competition. Can they just line up their 11 vs our 11? Nope. They are pathological cheaters and have no integrity from the ball boys all the way up to their owner. Or is he going to say that he had no idea his coach used such slimy/questionable tactics yet again. Fool me once shame on you….it’s clear that Bob Kraft has no class or integrity just like his HC and QB.

    You guys think that the Colts game was the only one in which they did this? Wonder how much it had an effect on the Ravens game a week earlier? Yeah me too.

    If the NFL has any respect for the integrity of the game (spoiler alert – they don’t) they need to do something about that organization to ensure they either change their ways or be sold/moved/dissolved/whatever. If there was an NFL equivalent of the death penalty it should be enforced here. 4 years no draft, drop their salary cap to half of the NFLs cap figure, whatever, show the fans that the sport is actually a sport and not a glorified Harlem Globetrotters exhibition.

    And this is really NOT about underinflated balls or the Colts game. It’s about their history and culture of systematic cheating and methods of manipulation over the entire course of the Bill Bellicheck era. Beyond this last occurrence, let’s also not forget the constant manipulation of other teams in game radio usage, their ability to speak with their own QB from the sidelines/box well past the allowed time, constantly pushing the envelope using illegal and/or technically legal formations, videotaping opposing signals, SB opponents walkthroughs…and the list goes on and on and on.

  184. Such a witch hunt! Haters are ALWAYS going to try and ruin your fun. People always hate/envy the best. They hated the Yankees, Lakers, and the Patriots. Keep the hate coming, you are fueling the entire Pats team! This is all fuel

  185. Cheat Carroll vs Bill Belicheat. May the best cheater win! But I have to say, the last times we played, both coaches beat my Saints fair and square.

  186. BILL BELECHEAT STRIKES AGAIN! JUST THINK OF ALL THE TIMES THE PATRIOTS DON’T GET CAUGHT. TAKE DRAFT PICKS , AND GO RIGHT TO THE SOURCE, AND SUSPEND BELECHEAT!

  187. Im a lifelong pats fan and am so sick of this. we have the best coach in league history and he continues to look for every advantage that can be found. often times he doesnt NEED to do these things yet continues to do them. its US patriot fans who have to pay the price for this. there’s now legit debate upcoming as it pertains to how often this has happened and i cant argue against that. Belichick brings ALL of this on himself while taking down every player on the team and the owner himself for these selfish actions. we didnt NEED to do this to beat Indy but that doesnt matter. what MATTERS is we got caught cheating AGAIN. hard to imagine anything short of a severe penalty coming down the pike and i cant blame the NFL for doing so. this validates ALL of the hatred directed at NE. ALL OF IT. while i respect his knowledge and aptitude i loathe his decision making in regards to circumstances like this. thanks Bill. your players and fans surely appreciate the hell thats about to reign down

  188. But this did happen, nor did SpyGate… right? *Asterisk City baby.

    I think us fans of the other 31 franchises in the National Football League can all agree on something — The New England Patriots are a fraud of an organization.

  189. Here is my question? Why does it matter? How does it serve the game well to strictly enforce air pressure of the football. Different QB’s have different sized hands and different preferences.

    As long as its within reason (i.e.…doesn’t morph the ball into something that, well, doesn’t look like a football)…..Who cares?

    If having a ball slightly inflated or deflated, whichever the case may, be helps the quarterbacks be more accurate, how does that not serve the league well.

    As far as the “breaking of a rule” goes…We’re talking about a rule that has never been enforced in the history of the league.

    As Ray Lewis said….”Why do we have these stupid arbitrary rules?” Perhaps its time to edit the rulebook and allow the football to be inflated anywhere between 10-14 lbs.

    Here’s another rule proposal….Stop all the whining and crying about dumb sh!t I’ve even got a perfect name for it…..Lets call it the Jets fan Rule.

    );p

  190. Let’s see what excuses the organization and their fans come up with next. All they do is laugh off accusations bc they know they just cheated their way to the superbowl and all they will lose is a draft pick. Big freakin whoop. And you know this wasn’t the first time. Their entire season is tainted ! 11 out of 12 balls only the ones they supplied? From an organization that has been caught cheating before and is known for staying in the “grey area” of the rule book ? Not a coincidence my friend. That’s not hating , that is just common sense .

  191. I think it’s proven that the Patriots are known cheaters and until they are punished severely enough, they will continue to cheat because the benefits far outweigh the costs.

  192. 11? 11?!? Now try to say Brady didn’t know that the balls were deflated!! Belichick and Brady are always trying to get an advantage even if it’s aginst the rules ..trying to get by with stuff and then acting like … Huh what? Hold these guys up as examples to our children of what not to be as an adult!! NE is such a despicable organization. Makes me wonder if they knew what a lousy human being Aaron Hernandez was from the beginning.

  193. One more comment for all you little kids who flunked science class in high school. The pressure reading of the ball will be different when checked in the cold outdoors versus a heated room.

  194. How many of the Colts’ footballs did they find to be under-inflated? Determining how many footballs are under-inflated is only relevant if they can show that the non-Patriots footballs were differently inflated.

  195. So while I don’t think that having under inflated balls made the game a lopsided victory for the Patriots… what if the game had been decided by a big play or difficult catch?

  196. As a football fan, I don’t mind the Patriots getting penalized as long as the Green Bay Packers get the same penalty as Aaron Rodgers already admitting altering the balls as well, otherwise it just seems like a witch hunt to me.

  197. Video taping opposing teams signals had no benefit unless they played the opponent a second time. Taking air out of the probably does give Brady an unfair advantage. If it’s true that the Patriots did tamper with the footballs they should be heavily penalized.

  198. I’ve been a very supportive Patriots fan for a long time, always giving them major respect especially wrt their previous cheating scandal. Now, it would only be fair if they got their butts whipped by Seattle.

  199. Suspend coach 1 year. Take away 1st and 2nd rounder and fine franchise 1 mill.

    Integrity of game issue.

  200. The Patriots didn’t need to cheat to beat the Colts–this sounds like Nixon’s campaign prior to the 1972 election, or Reagan’s back door deal with Iran in 1980.

  201. Yyyyaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnn. If this was such an issue why aren’t the “officiating” crews checking that during the game. If a guy like DQ can spot it touching the ball once, the zebras should notice it almost immediately after each play

  202. They Are certainly creative cheaters…gotta give ’em that. What was the line in Vegas? How much did Vegas make or lose on the game? Might want to find out…

  203. The Pats are screwed no matter what. If the NFL finds the Pats had something to do with the footballs being low on air, punish them.

    If the NFL finds someone else outside of the organization deflated the footballs, it doesn’t matter. No one will believe it anyway.

  204. They also may have made the end zone larger to give Gronk more room to get his feet in bounds. What will those crazy Patriots think of next?? They say ” if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying.” ….The Patriots are definitely trying!

  205. Bill Belichick needs to be banned from football.
    Unbelievable this guy would try to cheat after getting caught cheating once before.

  206. Cancel the Super Bowl. The best two teams, the Packers and the Seahawks already played, and the AFC is the jv anyway. Every Patriot victory pretty much has an asterisk on it anyway. It’s like saying that a corked bat makes no difference in baseball. It certainly does, and so does altering the football so Mrs. Brady can throw it better with his little hands and so so arm.

  207. Did they fly the balls to NY? It is simple, but air pressure from the flight could have added to further under inflation.

  208. Not even a patriot fan but this is irrelevant, I know rules are rules but does this have to do with the 38 point differential? They still got demolished.

    Now if it was 3 points like a certain 2004 superbowl then there may be something to say.

  209. Being a Michigan fan I have, by “blood”, always been a Brady fan. There is no excuse for this and I am deeply disappointed.

    The rule is there for a reason or it isn’t. If the amount of inflation is that important, the Patriots should be forced to forfeit the game.

    Shame on the Patriots and especially Brady. Did you really need to cheat to win?

  210. The only thing that will come of this thanks to corrupt Roger Goodell will be new NFL sponsored cialis/viagra commercials for under-inflated balls.

  211. Life long Pats fan here….

    Clearly had little to no impact on the game, but if this was Bill’s doing, it’s supremely disappointing. I have always stood up for him and the organization. If this is proven to be his doing, I really think the league and the franchise need to evaluate his future in the league.

    Spygate was an overblown joke, but this is just blatantly breaking the rules to attempt to gain an advantage. If it is the case, I will truly be disappointed as a faithful Pats fan.

  212. Hate the Patriots and Bilicheat, but always had respect for Brady (even though I didn’t want to). But now Brady has to be mentioned in the same breath as McGuire, Bonds, and Arod. Cheats and denies doing so in front of the evidence. Win or lose, there will always be an unofficial asterisk in front of his name.

  213. If the patriots gave the refs deflated balls and the refs did not bother to check them, or if the colts also did not bother to check or replace them, then thats their problem. This whole ball handling routine seems flawed to begin with. Take it upon BB to exploit flaws……can’t blame him for that. Aaron Rogers apparently tries to do the same thing…..

  214. When found guilty of cheating and based on their history:

    Take away their draft picks in rounds 1 and 2 this year and their number 1 next year.

    Fine Bill Beliecheat $5m and the Patriots team $20m

  215. Wow is all I can say.

    But how on earth have we ended up in a situation where a team is able to do this? It’s like each team having a slightly different length of chains for the home and road team. I (wrongly it now appears) assumed that the balls would all be weighed by the zebras pre-kickoff and then quarantined so nobody could tamper with them…???

  216. This DIRECTLY affects the integrity of the game and more importantly the LINES! Godell BOT needs to come down hard and I’m thinking they forfeit the game and the colts go to the Super Bowl. Better yet since the colts got killed I say the Ravens deserve the nod and nobody circles the wagon and responds to challenging situations like the Black and Purple.

    If nothing else for me this assures me that belicheck was cheating as much as he could with spy gate. looking for an edge crosses over to cheating with this guy and there’s evidence of it throughout his career. The Super Bowl is tainted AGAIN by this POS organization!

  217. The patriots will tell the equipment manager he must confess to the deflation of said footballs, and he must state he was acting alone, without consent or knowledge from the Patriots organization.

    OR… We will send your friends and family secret video we have of you sniffing jock straps late at night after the Jets Game.

  218. If true, if each of the 11 balls is precisely 2 pounds light, there is only one conclusion. To levy fines or take away draft picks with Belichick’s history is simply not enough. Belichick, like what happened to Sean Payton, should be suspended for next season. Moreover, he should be made ineligible for the Hall. Pete Rose was probably the best third baseman ever but gambling/cheating should always pay the ultimate price. But it won’t happen. Goodell is a eunuch and under him the League has lost all integrity. Scandal after scandal. The sport belongs on the E channel.

  219. The NFL should have a raffle to have fans ‘name that cheat’

    Air-Gate? Deflato-gate? Everyone puts in $5.00 an entry with the winner getting some NFL Swag and the $$$ goes to charity.

  220. Have the Colts footballs been tested as well? This may not have shifted the game, but something this significant could have changed the balqnce of drops on the Colts side to catches on the Patriots team in that second half. Game was still in reach at the half. Being able to pass effectively might have opened up the run for them as well.

    I still think the Pats would have beaten the Colts, but this isn’t the first time we are hearing about this sort of thing. Kicking balls for both teams are supplied by the home team, and the Ravens thought theirs were deflated. Didn’t give it much thought then but it’s becoming a trend…

    Maybe Brady does need deflated footballs at his age. Otherwise I can’t imagine why the more talented team would have needed to cheat on this. 11 of 12 footballs used by Pats, deflated up to 15%? That’s not incidental and if the Colts equipment guy noticed it instantly does anyone, for a second, believe Tom Brady doesn’t notice the oddity in the footballs he is chucking around?

  221. Noooo….. NOT the great Kraft family, and team. How many times will this team keep getting caught cheating ?? NFL…Step-UP…… and MAKE A POINT. No MORE FAVORS FOR KRAFT. Million dollar fine for Kraft and for Belicheat, and a 1st rd draft pick!!!
    Since the past actions haven’t hurt enough, they just find other was to cheat. I’d also tell them they are on a 5 years probation. Get caught for anything…your forfeit the current season, and next season !!

  222. Yes, the Patriots would have won anyway. That isn’t the point. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the Patriots would have lost the game if they didn’t cheat. The point is they attempted to create an unfair advantage in the game. It turns out that wasn’t necessary, but it doesn’t change the intentions behind cheating. Unless there is a rule that says you are allowed to cheat as long as you win by 20 or more points, I don’t see how they can get away with this. Losing draft picks and getting fined don’t seem effective to me. Do you think Tom Brady is going to care about the draft if he gets his fourth Super bowl ring? These were by far the most controversial set of playoff games in history. Disappearing flags, a great catch that may have not been a catch depending on your definition of a “football move”, and deflated balls. Each story is still way more interesting than the Pro Bowl.

  223. An NFL probably won’t do anything except pump the Pats balls during the super bowl. Pats won’t be allowed near them.

    In reality they should get fined, forfeit a few picks, and perhaps suspend Belichick for the game. They have been caught before cheating, time to drop the hammer.

  224. So I am to believe a defensive player notices the difference in the ball but Edelman and the rest of the offensive players didn’t?? This implicates the whole organization. The NFL needs to send a strong message with any punishment.

  225. This is your chance Goodell. You replace the patriots from the super bowl an fine an take drafts from them. I guarantee you’ll be making a statement that u can be our commissioner an you will have every fan out there right behind your back. Don’t loose this chance.it’s a reason why it happen.

  226. In all seriousness, I’ve never really thought too much about Spygate and all that stuff (even though my Eagles lost that Superbowl), but combined with this new apparent scandal it makes you wonder what else they have done over the years but were not caught.

    They obviously have no ethical issue with bending any rule they can to gain an unfair advantage. I always thought the non-Patriots fans constant taunting of the “cheating” Pats and Belichick was good fun not to be taken too seriously. If this new issue gains much traction, all of the Patriots success over the last decade or so may have a permanent cloud over it for all time.

  227. Wow. Yeah they would have won regardless, but Wow!
    Weird to see one team give a trip to the Super Bowl away so glaringly and another team, now well documented cheaters getting in over inferior competition. Kind of a sad sack super bowl this year.

  228. 2 pounds low is HUGE, and 11/12 is damning. Punishments have to be severe and any success this season is tainted, practically any season under belichik is tainted. Too much crap adds up about video taping, opposing teams communications systems not working, or theirs being unaccessible by NFL for some reason, clock operator malfunctions, weird formations that while 100% legal skirt the rules of what is sportsmanike. , going for it on fourth and 2 against redskins up by forty points with second to go in game, now ball sabotage. I agree with the articles, he should be suspended for Super Bowl at least, and double the last fine, which was $500,000 for him and $250K for the team (i think)

  229. Caught AGAIN?!

    Maybe that organization as a whole needs to have their balls deflated.

    If this is true, the NFL has to make an example to at least appear to be consistent with all the other over the top punishments they’ve dished out.

  230. I remember that time my kid told me he had no idea how the package of Oreos I just brought home from the store ended up under his bed.

  231. It doesn’t matter what effect the under-inflated balls had on the game. It’s against the rules, thus illegal.

    And since they did it on purpose, it is, by definition, cheating. Plain and simple.

    That is the bottom line and as simply put as it can be. Nothing else matters.

  232. Once a cheater always a cheater…all their so called “wins” in the Super Bowl should have an * by it. The NFL needs to be like the NCAA and start taking wins away from the patriots, Brady and from Belichick..cuz obviously just taking draft picks and fining the organization isn’t working. You know the ONLY time they’ve gone deep into the playoffs was when we later found out about their cheating ways..and it all started with that stupid tuck rule the refs made up that night against Oakland.

  233. The Patriots are an extremely talented and well coached team, it befuddles me as to why they try to skirt the rules or bend them so often. It certainly wasn’t necessary to win the game.

  234. A $500,000 fine didn’t work the first time so Belicheat obviously needs to be suspended for a season.

  235. Ahhhh… If you inflate it to the low pressure it probably gets low during the game. Pats only won by 7 so it will probably be a big deal.

    Bring a team to LA or you will continue to durance your fans here.

    – Prospective Rams season ticket holder looking fwd to Hollywood Park

  236. What an embarrassment for the League. As much as I don’t like the Hawks, how can I or anyone from outside of NE root for the Pats?

  237. If the New England Patriots ‘cheated’ by deflating the footballs Belichick should be banned from coaching in the Super Bowl and be fined 1 Million Dollars and lose their 1st Round Draft picks in 2015 and 2016. If New England and Belichick is caught cheating again he should receive a lifetime ban from the NFL and New England should be made to forfeit each of his Super Bowl Titles. Maybe this would teach him not to cheat. But I doubt it, once a cheater always a cheater! Just like a thief!

  238. The Patriots organization, always looking for an edge, and unafraid to find it on the other side of the rules…as long as they think they can win and get away with it. Commence the lying Bill.

  239. Going to be extremely difficult for Roger to fix this one…especially during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

    Worst nightmare scenario for the NFL. They unfortunately brought it upon themselves.

  240. When players get multiple DUIs or have other issues off the field, the Goodell NFL ramps up the punishment. Based on that, a franchise with a string of issues would get the same thing, right? Lose three years of draft picks?

  241. How about the NFL stops leaking information to talking heads until they are done.

    Mort is usually right, but that info void of how the balls got that way, is just inflammatory. Key is if the officials passed them like that or the Patriots attendant let some air out after. Per Aaron Rodgers comment, getting the officials to pass them in favourable condition is a normal part of the process.

    It would seem pretty dangerous to let air out after as the attendant couldn’t exactly pump um the balls again on the side line if he let out too much.

    Not sure how Mort knows it was 2 psi each and if that means 10.5 or 11.5.

    What ever it was, it was small enough for the Officials not to notice, unless maybe they already had approved them like that.

  242. This is embarrassing. I mean prior to the game the officials checked the balls. Before and after every snap the ball goes through the officials’ hands. The Colts offense used the same balls. If it is really easier to use deflated balls than the same advantage was there for both teams, hence it is not an advantage anymore.

    The Colts defense was barely touching the ball but they were who observed this?

    Now there will be a ball-gate also. For sure.

  243. Ok so before the hysteria begins, Why doesn’t someone detail the exact handling procedure that goes on before a game? Also were the Colts balls checked, and when? (The Colts balls were pretty deflated after the game for sure) Shouldn’t take too long to get to the bottom unless too many people handle them. The officials should be in charge right up til game time anyway and how would someone get away with doing that in a game with all the quick changes due to the rain. The umpire was holding a towel over the ball until the offense came to the line after the rain started so didn’t he notice it? With all the hubbub about the story, someone should be able to detail the procedure. But some “reporters” just want to get it out there without all the details.

  244. By no means am I a Pats fan, but I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Until now.

    The Colts’ footballs should be checked as well to ensure that it was not possibly due to weather. If they come back OK, then, Goodell, we have a problem.

  245. Based on the rule, did Indy at their discretion supply their own balls for Luck. I think that’s how it goes, right? Or do they use the same 12 for both QBs.

  246. Need to teach those cheaters a lesson. Take Sunday’s win away and send the Colts to the Super Bowl!

    So, in reality they lose a draft pick? Big deal, they are going to the championship game. Question, what did they do in the Ravens game to cheat?

    Need to do more than a slap on the wrist.

  247. “While the blame for the deflated footballs has yet to be assigned, the Patriots won’t get much in the way of benefit of the doubt due to previous issues.”

    Because it’s always something with this team.

    Two pounds of air from a football would be very noticeable, considering an NFL football is inflated with between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds of air.

  248. I’ll give the benefit of doubt for 1-3 balls being under-inflated, but 11 of the 12 balls under-inflated!!! With that many balls, it’s obvious that NE were cheating and got caught. As in any organization, the buck stops at the top and that’s Belichick. This is arguably worst then Bountygate and Sean Payton received a 1 year suspension. If the NFL is serious about the integrity of the game, Belichick should be suspended effective immediately and as a second time offender, he should be suspended for all of next season.

    Sure, NE easily beat the Colts by running the ball, but that’s not the point. The point is intent and NE had every intention on cheating their way to the Super Bowl. There are some people in this world that are too smart for their own good and Belichick it one of them.

    This isn’t about jealousy, it’s about integrity. Given Belichick’s past, it’s obvious that he established a culture of cheating and that’s a shame. The NFL needs to give Belicheck a piece of humble pie and suspend him.

  249. For all the Patriots apologists out there that keeps saying, it wouldn’t have mattered, well it does matter. Every year we other fans have to get fed this Patriots are such a good team crap, and it’s the principality. Belicheat just can’t play darn football and let the best team win.

    I had to watch this crap when my Browns were up by 13 points with 40 seconds left in the game just to literally watch the referrees give the game to the Patriots. We as fans of small market teams are tired of the fixed league and the cheating that goes on.

    Remember, this again is what they got caught doing. So just imagine what they don’t get caught doing. Jeeze, smh. Patriots are not a dynasty, they’re a just bunch of cheaters.

  250. Maybe Gronk really spikes all the game balls!

    The question is what is the chain of custody from inspection until they are bagged and put on the sideline.

    Based on the Eli Manning article, they can basically do what ever they want to the football before inspection. If it passes it passes.

    In this case if it was passed in that condition, the issue is the officials, but assuming they weren’t, who can tamper with the footballs in a private enough area to un bag them, slightly deflate each one without making it so soft it’s unusable and re bag them without being on camera.

    It will be interesting, as Rodgers did allude to getting over inflated balls passed some times. How? Are the officials complicit in getting QBs the footballs they like? The teams certainly spend a ton of time conditioning the balls beforehand.

  251. Should be a great game with two head coaches and organizations with a history like this. Strangely, both Teams don’t need to seek an advantage since they have talent that is the best.

    My question is this — why would the NFL suspend the NO coach for a year but only fine Belichick?? He should be fined, suspended and sanctioned over this, and if he feigns innocence it will really be a joke.

  252. The game should be forfeit!! The colts should play in the super bowl!! They have a history of cheating and a strong message needs to be sent in order to preserve the integrity!!

    Period!

  253. Uhh-Ohh, at first I was like so what, but IF that many balls were adjusted, it may not have changed the outcome of the game, but it does seems like it could have given the Pats an edge in a much closer game.

    Black cloud hangs over this team for the next 11 days headed into Super Bowl.

  254. There is so little class in that outfit, yet I am still shocked. Really. They have the best QB in the business but still feel compelled to cheat and give him an edge.
    I am not a Ravens fan, obviously, but Harbough had the exact right phrase . . . Not sportsman like.

  255. Throw the book at the Pats. Ban Belicheat for one calendar year starting now, the Pats surrender their 2015 and 2016 first round draft picks, and Kraft writes a check for a cool million to charity.

  256. Can someone use their high school science education or at least Google to understand air pressure changes and how it started to pour at game time and stop the Conspiricy theories!
    What causes changes in air pressure?
    It is the changing weather. High pressure situations are generally associated with fair, sunny weather. As high pressure is an area of sinking air, and air tends to dry out as it sinks, leaving sunny skies.
    Low pressure areas are generally cloudy or rainy areas, where strong areas of low pressure bring our stormiest weather. That is because it is an area of rising air, and as air rises, it condenses into clouds and rain.
    Air moves from higher pressure to lower pressure, so if you have a high and a low nearby, it can be windy as air rushes between the two.

  257. The witch hunt is on…….. Unreal how the League allows this…. Are they trying to intentionally paint the Pats with an ugly color?? I don’t understand, as a Viking fan, I would love nothing more than my squad to emulate everything the Patriots do, their success , top to bottom , coach to QB, is the best we have ever seen! It seems to threaten people even in the league circles.
    Shame on them!!!

  258. If the Pats did cheat like it appears they did, kick ’em out of the Superbowl. Every player who touched the ball must have known.

  259. Belichick needs to be suspended for at least a year as a repeat offender. This is simply unacceptable. Patriot fans can spend all day making up excuses for us “haters” but the facts are the facts; Belichick has now been caught cheating twice. I wonder how many times he wasn’t?

  260. Now this explains how a 6th round draft pick all of the sudden turned into a hall of fame NFL quarterback. Things are starting to add up now. I just got a call from Belicheat, he said “we’re onto Seattle”

  261. Omg you people are morons…11/12 does not prove they cheated but supports it was most likely due to air pressure changes due the storm. A 1-2 psi change is not that big of a change and is due to the footballs being inflated prior to the storm and indoors. Once they moved outdoors and the storm moved through the footballs lost air due a process called permeation. The American education is a joke!

  262. As a fan of the NFL if the Patriots are allowed to play in the Superbowl and Bill was behind this I;m out……..NCAA is a better, less expensive product that has integrity….

  263. The original Patriots won the Revolutionary War against England by not following the traditional Rules of War. Thus New England was founded. The Patriots were also called Rebels or Revolutionaries.

    History does seem to repeat itself.

  264. Now Goodell needs to finds the balls to dish out a meaningful punishment to Kraft, but Kraft tells Goodell what to say and do. Lucky there’s no conflict there then.

  265. This reeks of sour grapes. Aaron Rodgers has said he likes his footballs over inflated, so it sound like a league wide deal that qbs tweak the ball to their liking. Not a big deal, but the cry baby colts are sick of getting their heads pounded in, so they cry to the refs. Check the Colts footballs, oh im sure immediately following the game all their were properly re inflated

  266. As a Patriots fan, this is shameful, disturbing, upsetting, and embarrassing. Adults are supposed to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in the future, especially those that cost $500K and tarnish everything you’ve accomplished in your football life.

    Now this. Now everything they do can and will and should be questioned. Every pass, catch, punt, kick, and win will have some turd on it. Thanks, Mr. Belichick. Thank you so much. 2 pounds?!? 92% of the game balls?!? Really, you arrogant prick?!?

    I don’t think I can root for this team anymore, at least not until Bill is gone.

  267. Did anyone see Andrew Luck’s statline? He sucked. Over or under inflated balls had nothing to do with that. Who cares, the “integrity” of the game is hogwash. Brady even threw a INT. The problem was the Colts forgot Rob Gronkowski needed to be covered. I’m pretty sure flat footballs had nothing to do with that or the Annointed One Andrew Luck terrible performance.

  268. the league is still looking to determine how the footballs became underinflated

    And theres the rub. Did the ball crew deflate the balls on the sidelines, in plain sight of everyone? Was the machine or device that the refs used to check the balls faulty in the first place? How do the refs not be able to determine the balls are deflated since they handle the balls on every single play?

    Hpw about the Colts balls? Did anybody test them to see if they too were underinflated? If so, maybe the refs machinery was off.

  269. Still no evidence they did anything. We’re the balls from the colts sideline weighed as well? Would make sense to cover all your bases so someone could be found guilty without a reasonable doubt.

    Until then – still a non-story.

  270. Sleaziest organization in sports? No, that would be the Ravens who cover up murder and domestic violence. Patriots immediately cut hernandez.

  271. Brady got all excited and screamed saying that the suggestion the balls were deflated was ridiculous!

    So what does that make Mr. Brady? He most certainly could feel a ball with two less pounds of air and it was deflated; there’s no second-guessing here.

  272. What kind of incompetent clowns are officiating these games if they can’t tell a ball is under inflated 2 pounds?

    Something smells rotten here, and it isn’t just BB.

  273. I still believe they are innocent until proven guilty. The facts are: 11 out of 12 balls were under-inflated from the Pats sideline. ANYTHING could have happened to them between the time the game ended and the time they were tested.

    At the same token, the weather may have affected the pressure of the balls, however it would have affected all of them, I think. So, test the Colts and the League balls as well.

    If they are found to have intentionally caused the deflation (which will be hard to prove), then they should be punished. Whoever made the order needs to receive the punishment. For all we know Belichick may not have ANYTHING to do with this. It may have been the doings of a league official who was paid off by the Vegas bookies. The league is the one who handles the balls, so how could they not notice this?

    Surely Brady did notice, but, if he had no knowledge of WHY they were under-inflated, why would he tell the ref? He works for an organization that tells him to keep his mouth shut about everything.

    If you find out Belichick was behind it, I do feel that he needs to be suspended for a year. I also feel the rule needs to change on this issue to prevent it from happening again.

    I also feel that people go above and beyond what is necessary to nail the Pats for anything. It is a witch hunt against them. You can’t tell me that 31 other teams don’t do anything like against the rules (like flopping on the field). Other QB’s have already admitted to tampering with their balls, as well.

    In the end, it doesn’t seem like football unless New England is getting blamed for something.

  274. I’ve been a Pats fan since the AFL started, 10 years old at the time. But this deeply disappoints me. Brady looks and acts like a choirboy, but to say he was unaware of the condition of the footballs, he is lying through his teeth. Most likely the 12th ball was the same, but it was thrown into the stands after a TD. No way they had to cheat to beat the Colts.

  275. Guilty, guilty, guilty!

    Ban Belichick for life.

    Force Kraft to sell the team.

    Enough is enough!

  276. This strikes me more as an officiating concern. They’re supposed to notice things like this, and, per the rules, if a ball is suspect, take out of play and use a ball that meets proper specification. If they didn’t notice that, they screwed up in a big way. In reality a deflated ball should not make it more than one or two plays before being noticed, but more appropriately before it’s ever used in even one play. Big whiff.

  277. This means the Ravens got cheated too. And that game was competitive.

    Only solution is Ravens Colts emergency game this weekend and one of them goes to the SB.

  278. And what were the results from the footballs the Colts used? Seems that a legitimate investigation would include checking ALL of the balls used in the game. Of course the mickey-mouse NFL wouldn’t know a legitimate investigation if it hit Goodell in the face.

  279. Is anyone surprised? I wonder how much cheating really goes on in that organization. Belichick even carries the demeanor of a cheater when he stomps off the field after a loss and avoids the other team and HC. That spells chump at the least.

    Then the pressers are always a huge defensive stance on the part of Belichick and perhaps it is more than just disdain for the media. Maybe there is a deeper reason. I believe their are no holds-barred for this coach as far as cheating is concerned. Too bad they can’t strip this victory and give it to the Colts. I hope Seattle pounds them into the ground.

    Oh, and Brady saying ‘it’s ridiculous’ concerning the deflation thing? BS. It shows HE is ridiculous. He KNEW the balls were deflated every time he took a snap. Lot’s more lying and cheating most likely going on in that organization and that’s quite stupid on their part.

  280. Seriously, if the league really wants to crack down hard on a team — not just the Patriots — and send a message league wide, forget the fines and loss of draft picks. Forfeiture of game(s) would be appropriate. In this case, the AFC Championship Game. If it had happened in the Super Bowl, the offending team loses the Vince Lombardi Trophy (if they won the game).

  281. Under – inflated footballs…huh…. So that’s the Colts excuse for not being able to stop Blount? SMFH

  282. I think this has more to do with a QB’s preference for the feel of a slightly deflated ball vs. a highly thought plan by BB to cheat.

    I really disliked the last Pats scandal but I think this is quite a bit different. To video tape the opposing teams walkthroughs…to plan that taping, deploy personnel, consume the information and integrate it into a game plan is a significant amount of time dedicated to illegally obtained intel. This is likely common practice between QB’s and equipment managers across the league.

    Pats got caught though. I think the NFL should look at how MLB has punished pitchers for manipulating baseballs and apply a punishment of the same ratio, taking into account that there were no foreign substances on the footballs.

  283. Is anyone surprised? I wonder how much cheating really goes on in that organization. Belichick even carries the demeanor of a cheater when he stomps off the field after a loss and avoids the other team and HC. That spells chump at the least.

    Then the pressers are always a huge defensive stance on the part of Belichick and perhaps it is more than just disdain for the media. Maybe there is a deeper reason. I believe there are no holds-barred for this coach as far as cheating is concerned. Too bad they can’t strip this victory and give it to the Colts. I hope Seattle pounds them into the ground.

    Oh, and Brady saying ‘it’s ridiculous’ concerning the deflation thing? BS. It shows HE is ridiculous. He KNEW the balls were deflated every time he took a snap. Lot’s more lying and cheating most likely going on in that organization and that’s quite stupid on their part.

  284. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says:
    Jan 21, 2015 7:32 AM
    Aaron Roggers just came out with the admission that he likes his balls OVER inflated. sounds like he’s cheating too- (because he does it to gain an advantage) I don’t see any of you mobsters crucifying him!

    ……………………………………………..

    The balls have to be between 12.5 and 13.5. So IOW he likes his on the high end so you’re adding to the reality. He said he doesn’t like throwing a flat football because he can’t do it. Get your facts straight.

  285. To the science experts…..the balls were likely checked indoors at the same temperature in which they were filled. Only way to lose air pressure in this situation would be because they were purposely deflated.

    Secondly, do you really think the NFL would release this information without thoroughly considering the temperature of the air?

    This is Belichick and Brady gaining a tactical advantage. Just like spygate. They probably figured everybody does it, so why not them.

  286. I’m just so sick of this team constantly pissing all over the rules and the spirit of pure competition. Can they just line up their 11 vs our 11? Nope. They are pathological cheaters and have no integrity from the ball boys all the way up to their owner. Or is he going to say that he had no idea his coach used such slimy/questionable tactics yet again. Fool me once shame on you….it’s clear that Bob Kraft has no class or integrity just like his HC and QB.

    You guys think that the Colts game was the only one in which they did this? Wonder how much it had an effect on the Ravens game a week earlier? Yeah me too.

    If the NFL has any respect for the integrity of the game (spoiler alert – they don’t) they need to do something about that organization to ensure they either change their ways or be sold/moved/dissolved/whatever. If there was an NFL equivalent of the death penalty it should be enforced here. 4 years no draft, drop their salary cap to half of the NFLs cap figure, whatever, show the fans that the sport is actually a sport and not a glorified Harlem Globetrotters exhibition.

    And this is really NOT about underinflated balls or the Colts game. It’s about their history and culture of systematic cheating and methods of manipulation over the entire course of the Bill Bellicheck era. Beyond this last occurrence, let’s also not forget the constant manipulation of other teams in game radio usage, their ability to speak with their own QB from the sidelines/box well past the allowed time, constantly pushing the envelope using illegal and/or technically legal formations, videotaping opposing signals, SB opponents walkthroughs…and the list goes on and on and on.

    For a Raven fan to be talking about honesty and integrity must mean the world is coming to an end. Have you heard about a guy named a Rice or maybe Lewis….just stop your whining and lying …hypocrites.

  287. Not that I think this would’ve changed the outcome of the game, and I’m no fan of the Patriots.

    My question is does whoever did this have that little faith in their team that they didn’t think they could actually beat the Colts?

  288. vegaskid21 says:
    Jan 21, 2015 7:32 AM
    Under – inflated footballs…huh…. So that’s the Colts excuse for not being able to stop Blount? SMFH

    ________________

    Blount should not even be on the Pats as they tampered with him when he was on the Steelers.

  289. let the PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME THIS IS NOT A FIRST …. REMOVE THEM FROM THE SUPERBOWL .. STRIP THEM OF THE AFC TITLE AND BAN THEM FROM NEXT 2 OR 3 SUPER BOWLS ….. MAYBE THEY WILL GET THE IDEA ….
    Lets face it IF YOU ARE NOT OR CANNOT CHEAT YOU CANNOT PLAY OR COACH IN NEW ENGLAND …. Once again we would like to thank New England for showing us how to cheat better than any team in the HISTORY OF THE NFL …… you should be striped of your AFC title and not allowed to play in the Super bowl this Year and maybe next again ….. Once AGAIN Thank you for your DISHONESTY you are definitely the best at it ….

  290. Maybe this whole thing is a smokescreen to distract fans from the bigger problem – games that appear fixed.

  291. Omg it’s not that the football was 2 pounds lighter you morons!!!!! It’s 2 pounds per square inch!!!! It’s not how much less the football weighed but the amount of pressure in the ball!!! Go reduce the psi by 2 pounds per sq in in you kid’s bicycle tires and you would hardly even notice a difference. Can someone do at least 2 seconds of research before the write a story in the media!!!

  292. IF … IF this is such an important issue — you would assume it would have been treated as such because over the long haul it affects player stats and even team and individual records. IF … IF this is such an important issue — why hasn’t it come up before and why hasn’t the league done more to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

    The NFL may have just opened a can of worms it does not want opened.

  293. The quarterback does not notice, the officials do not notice, but a defensive player who seldom handles the ball can tell? Its not just the Pats folks, the NFL has become as crooked as the WWF.

  294. It took a player from the other team to find the balls under inflated when the refs handle the ball after every play and said nothing,strange indeed.

  295. I beleive that this falls on the officials and the NFL. The officials are required to inspect/weight the balls prior to the game, if the balls presented are accepted as legal then they are legal for that game. The Patriots under infalte and the Packers over infalte either way if they are accepted by the officials they are leagal for that game. My guess is theNFL will blame the officials it would be an easy out for them.

  296. The Pats may win the Super Bowl but they will NEVER be regarded in the same breath of REAL dynasties like the 60’s Packers, 70’s Steelers, 80’s 49ers or 90’s Cowboys… They cheat repeatedly.

  297. Can you IMAGINE all the rules that go into playing this game? Now imagine having to have a system in place for monitoring compliance with each and every rule. Because this will come up again and people will be forced to question the integrity of the game even when there really is no basis for doing so — because some rule was violated.

    Maybe Ray Lewis was right. There ARE too many rules in this game.

  298. 15 percent under-inflated? Are you kidding? That is /significantly/ under-inflated. You don’t need to be a scientist to know that it’s a easier to throw, catch and hold an under-inflated ball, especially in cold weather. It is easier to grip. It is harder to fumble–all of which are an advantage to the team using the under-inflated balls. And here’s the thing: You can bet the Pats have been doing this ALL YEAR–and have probably been doing it for years! Cheatin’ Bill and Patriots. And who knows what else they’ve done during the Belichick years that hasn’t been discovered–you can bet other rules have been bent or broken.

  299. Patriots fan here.

    I want to apologize to the fans of other teams. I was wrong about Belichick. I was wrong to defend him.

    He has no integrity.

    He must be fired right away.

    To other Pats fans: shame on any of you who don’t turn your back on this team.

  300. So THAT’S why Andrew Luck was only 12 of 33 – throwing those underinflated footballs! How the hell would one team expect to have an advantage if both teams play with the same balls? All you idiots who claim it was deliberate cheating are showing your ignorance.

  301. Now that the cat’s out of the bag for Brady (who by the way if you think this is the VERY first time this has happened, are sadly mistaken). He will go from playing like a HOF quarterback to playing like he should, a 6th round pick. He’ll then blame it on age and retire. smh..

  302. joker65 says:
    Jan 21, 2015 6:39 AM
    the league is still looking to determine how the footballs became underinflated

    And theres the rub. Did the ball crew deflate the balls on the sidelines, in plain sight of everyone? Was the machine or device that the refs used to check the balls faulty in the first place? How do the refs not be able to determine the balls are deflated since they handle the balls on every single play?

    Hpw about the Colts balls? Did anybody test them to see if they too were underinflated? If so, maybe the refs machinery was off.

    ———————————–

    Lol. A true cheater. It’s a conspiracay, i tell ya, they are out to get the Patriots! lol.

  303. This is a complete league-wide conspiracy to take down the Patriots, as was the bogus Spygate, where EVERY team was ‘cheating’ and ‘videotaping’ because it was LEGAL. EVERY team plays around with the inflation of the football. This isn’t new. Anyone who thinks the Patriots are the only team that does this has to be the most naive person on the face of the earth. This is a league-wide conspiracy to take down the Patriots because people hate them so much. So pathetic. Why exactly did the Patriots choose the Colts game to suddenly deflate footballs? Defies all logic

  304. Penalize them a draft pick for each underinflated ball. If more than their picks roll them over to the next seasonstarting in round 1.

    And fine them for the Balt game too.

    And now we can wait for the excuses, blaming some lowly ball boy for not knowing the rules or some other low level scapegoat.

    Everyone should know this is on Brady. He is the only player on the field where game ball inflation matters, except for maybe the WRs but they would never get thismdone without Brady OKing it.

    Belicheat, if he didn’t OK still is culpable and responsible. Canmwe now, once and for all, end the talk of either being the GOAT. The lack of character disqualifies them outright.

  305. For the people that continue to use Blount as an excuse I will admit that the inflation of the footballs have nothing to do with a RB breaking tackles. However, the pass does set up the run and vice-versa. There is a reason for the rule and it looks like the Patriots broke that rule which is still cheating. Would it have made a difference in the game outcome? Probably not. But the fact is the Patriots do have a history of cheating and the league seems to let them get away with it. Cheating is cheating regardless of the game outcome or other results that were part of the game. The Patriots have a great team. There is no excuse for this behavior.

  306. The Patriot haters will always say they cheat. I guess they forgot about their precious Jesus Christ’s admonition about he who is without sin can cast the first stone. They also forget about the little thing about accusations without proof. Can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bill Belichick personally deflated the balls? If the balls are checked for pressure by the refs before the game then how did they wind up underinflated? Are their measuring machines defective? Do the rest of the teams in the league also have the ability to tamper with the balls? These witch hunts against the Patriots have to stop. Haters gotta hate.

  307. Listen, all the people saying that everyone does it or Aaron Rodgers does it. That doesnt matter. The officials follow the same procedures at those games and did not find any non regulation balls, or if they did, it was only one or two. This is an event where almost every single ball was altered in a way that gave a competitive advantage in the weather.

    Also, just dont cheat. Dont do underhanded things. People hate the Patriots because they are getting investigated for something at least once a month. No other team is doing this. No other team is looking for loopholes. Nobody is investigating the Ravens, or the Colts or the Steelers. At a certain point, you cant look away from the fact that your team is doing underhanded things

  308. Here’s how I feel about this. Presuming for a moment that the Patriots did this on purpose. It’s about the integrity of the game.

    1. An athlete competing in the Olympics who medals, and is later found to have been on performance enhancing drugs, no matter how dominant their performance was would be stripped of their, medal, their title, and Suspended likely from competition for some time.

    2. In Cycling, how many riders have been found to be doping, that won the title? The result, stripped of their title, and for many, suspension from not only the race, but other things.

    3. In racing, whether its Horse Racing, or NASCAR, if someone is found that their car or horse has been illegally modified, if the engine has an illegal part, if the fuel has an illegal additive, if they’ve done something to the tires. It doesn’t Matter, in NASCAR even if you had a dominant race, they would penalize the driver sufficiently that they did not win, strip them of championship points. Likely fine the team and crew chief as well.

    4. This seems no different than the Black Sox throwing games to make money on the side, and how many on that team were not involved, and still suffered.

    So if the Patriots are found that they did this, it throws into doubt the ENTIRE season. Therefore if found guilty the following should happen.

    1. All Victories by the patriots this past year should be stripped from the franchise (because you don’t know how long this year they were doing it)
    2. The Patriots forfeit their AFC Crown, AFC East Title, and should not be allowed to play in the Super Bowl
    3. The head coach is responsible for what his staff and team do on the field, therefore Bellichek should be fined, and suspended for at least as long as Sean Payton was suspended for targetting – a year.
    4. Strip the Patriots of all draft picks or at least all of them above the 5th round this year, and their first rounder next year.
    5. The Patriots in 2015 should be ineligible for the playoffs as punishment to the team, and the coaches. They can still play the games and get their salary, because replacing a team on the schedule is too difficult, but they should be made inelligible.
    6. The owner of the Patriots should be fined some amount for allowing his ‘staff’ to thumb their nose at the rule of the game.

    Anything short of this, and the NFL is not taking it seriously.

    Frankly, I don’t care who they put against the Seahawks, heck cancel the pro-bowl and let the Colts and Packers duke it out for a second chance, I don’t care, but the NFL must come down hard on this so it never happens again.

  309. I’ll preface this with I am a giants fan so I have no care for the Pats. I’m convinced this was due to weather temperatures. If they measured the balls 2+ hours prior to kickoff it would have been close to the days high temperature. It’s been stated that the balls were checked at halftime which would have been close to 8pm which could have been close to the days low temperature. The high in foxboro was 48 and the low was 19. That’s almost a 30 degree temperature difference. Now for every 10 degree change you can expect about a 1 psi change. So it is possible that the ball pressure could have dropped by up to 3 psi. So if they inflated the balls to the league allowed minimum, it’s realistic that the balls were 2 psi less 4 hours later based on the experienced temperature drop. If they have the exact pressure measurements and temperatures this should be easy to solve or compare the colts balls since they should have experienced the same affect but I doubt they measured them at halftime.

  310. It is seriously 2 PSI, most of you probably ride on tires 2 PSI under inflation on your car and don’t even notice the difference. With the Packers over inflation, and the NFL officials in that game not doing anything about the balls maybe the NFL should fix their policie on game balls if they are so worried and they should probably fire theose officials since they touch the ball to set it up on every down. Actually here is something fun to do, fill a ball up to 10.5 PSI and then fill it up to 12.5 PSI and feel the invariant difference.

  311. Loser fans.

    Arrogant coach.

    .500 record in the Super Bowl.

    Cheaters.

    Biggest chokes.

    And a systems over rated qb who thinks he’s the authority of the league.

    You’re New England patriots

  312. Golfers take pride in observing the rules and not cheating, but it seems that the Patriots take pride in seeking ways to circumvent the rules. Do anything if you can get away with it.
    Belichick probably has another 20 tricks that no-one has yet thought of or found what he is doing.
    I’m sure he is shocked that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated. The ball boy who gets the bonus for tampering with the balls missed one. Bill must be really pissed about that.

  313. This was a rumor started by some bitter Indianapolis reporter!! Wait the league confirmed that they are looking into this?

    There was a chain of custody issue, the Colts ball boy let out the air!! 11 out of 12 you say?

    Okay take away all of our passing TD’s and we still win!! Still against the rules?? That seems silly.

    This didn’t seem to benefit the Colts. Read the article, why would I do that?

    Okay, can we at least point out that Aaron Rodgers did this? The league is out to get us!!

  314. Let’s see what excuses the organization and their fans come up with next. All they do is laugh off accusations bc they know they just cheated their way to the superbowl and all they will lose is a draft pick. Big freakin whoop. And you know this wasn’t the first time. Their entire season is tainted ! 11 out of 12 balls only the ones they supplied? From an organization that has been caught cheating before and is known for staying in the “grey area” of the rule book ? Not a coincidence my friend. That’s not hating , that is just common sense . Suddenly the words of don Shula just started echoing through the football world. Sounds a bit more relevant now huh

  315. If the Patriots are found guilty of this, nothing will happen to them. Maybe a token fine of $5,000. Roger isn’t going to discipline his favorite team and good buddy Kraft. This will swiftly be swept under the rug.

  316. Wow. So the Super Bowl is going to be Cheat Carroll vs Bill Belicheat? I’d rather they both lose.

  317. Wait…I’m confused…

    Patriots fans told me that the Colts deflated the ball on the sideline after the INT and then set the Pats up…was this not the case or did the Colts have someone on the inside at the Patriots equipment room?

    I need to know what the next excuse…errrrr…perfectly logical reason…is.

  318. I guarantee if your QB did this, it would be no big deal. Heck your QB prob DOES do this. Any packer fans out there?

  319. Two PSI(g), eh? I was expecting them to all be low, but that’s twice what it should be from the weather.

    The main question now is if air was let out, or if they were simply approved at ~11.5 PSI(g) inside. Seeing as the officials apparently couldn’t tell the difference between 12.5 PSI(g) and 10.5 PSI(g), that still remains a possibility. If the game officials approved under inflated balls, it’s the league’s problem. It’s only NE’s problem if some took an inflated ball and let the air out.

  320. Many on here are missing the point.

    Colts found the same under inflated balls during the regular season.

    Pats beat the Jets by 1 and Oakland by 7.

    If they lose those the playoffs look entirely different. They may have to travel to Baltimore.

    They certainly don’t have home field.

    They are cheating AGAIN and if the NFL doesn’t come down hard on them they really are admitting the fix is in.

  321. lanman11 says:Jan 21, 2015 1:11 AM

    Aaron Rodgers said they submit the balls over inflated and see if they come through. Obviously, it works often enough that they do it. That tells me that the refs are not really inspecting the balls on many occasions. This sounds like a league problem not a Patriots problem.

    First – that was Phil Simms saying that Rodgers preferred the balls be towards the upper limit of the inflation amounts. The part of him saying they try to sneak one past the officials now and then was likely made in jest. Not a concerted effort in the manner in which the Patriots appear to be doctoring the football.

    Secondly, what you say above would be like me blaming the cars speeding past me on the road on their not being enough police officers. If one of those cars spins out of control and someone dies, you don’t go and blame the police because they didn’t catch that one speeder. You take personal responsibility, just like the Pats will have to answer for knowingly breaking – not bending – a rule.

  322. ” I suspect bellichek will fire that ball boy for missing one” lol that gave me a good laugh. By the way ,do any of you thin this may have been the reason it was such a blowout? Pats fans keep using the 41-7 score as an excuse (even though to me that’s irrelevant) but what role did this play making this game a blowout? You keep saying luck had a terrible game and blazay blah well maybe bc he was actually throwing a legit ball that was harder to grip in the wet weather. Not to mention if the balls were inflated right they would have been easier to strip and fumble do Blount might have made a few mistakes which is another one of pats fans excuses. You have to take all into consideration.

  323. Remember after the ravens game in the press conference when Brady said they will have something up their sleeve or in store for next week too after the ineligible/eligible thing? Obviously he won’t lyin!!

  324. This is again, such nonsense. Didn’t they both play with the balls? I am from Indy and these guys right now are such sore losers it is incredible. Deflated balls are not the reason they lost.

    Just let a third party handle the footballs and get on with the game.

    My God the NFL gets so bogged down in its own crap that nothing gets done. This season has been a good example.

  325. If the league determines the Deflatriots were at fault, it will be interesting to see which rule Belicheat says he ‘misinterpreted’.

  326. If cheating is involved, patriots are involved. That is what they are best at. Would they have won this game without cheating- yea probably. The fact remains that they should not have been in this game because they didn’t win the Ravens game. The refs handed them that game. so it should have been Ravens playing colts. The same way that patriots only made it to the superbowl on their first and third superbowl wins, they will be in this one which is only through the BAD calls by foxborough refs. I am so happy that karma caught up with them in 2007 thought the helmet caught of David Terrell- nuf said.

  327. My question is why did it take an interception from the opposing team for this to be noticed. Don’t the refs check the balls before games and then handled them all throughout it. They handle both team’s balls. Yet they never noticed or if they did, did not say anything. Makes you wonder how long that the Patriots may have done this in cool or poor weather. Also the probability that it may have helped them in close games. NFL comes across as a league worried about fair play, yet they never take any action unless a team complains, or a news report is released.

  328. We all know the outcome: NFL admits tampering but spins it toward the weather. Patriots are fined and maybe lose a draft pick. Seattle wins their second SB. Every NFL fan, except Patriot fans, will never recognize their accomplishments.

    Sorry Patsy fans..Every time you talk about you SBs, you will get a “yeah but”

    Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, New England Patriots

  329. Why is it the patriots always find themselves in these type of allegations

    Because they win and you don’t like it.

  330. This is again, such nonsense. Didn’t they both play with the balls? I am from Indy and these guys right now are such sore losers it is incredible. Deflated balls are not the reason they lost.

    =========
    No they do not play with the same balls – that’s the point.

    And how many games this year did they use this cheat? Maybe they don’t beat the Jets or Oakland or even the Ravens.

    This likely explains Brady’s miraculous turn around early in the aeason.

  331. To the science experts…..the balls were likely checked indoors at the same temperature in which they were filled. Only way to lose air pressure in this situation would be because they were purposely deflated.

    Secondly, do you really think the NFL would release this information without thoroughly considering the temperature of the air?

    This is Belichick and Brady gaining a tactical advantage. Just like spygate. They probably figured everybody does it, so why not them.

    To the people who did not pay attention in class …if it was brought back in to recheck the air pressure it would not increase back to the pre game psi because of permeation which means air pressure was lost. During an atmospheric pressure drop you lose ~2 psi which would coincide with that pretty big rainstorm that occurred during the game if you didn’t watch. Also I keep hearing people say it weighed 2 lbs less which means it would weigh ~ negative 1lb 2 ounces since an NFL football weighs 16 ounces or 1lb. I am not saying they did not deflate the footballs I am just saying it makes more sense there are other factors that cause the deflation. The NFL is doing an investigation most likely because they been hit with so many negative items this year they want to make it look good

  332. Hey Red Sox fans, remember when the Red Sox called out Michael Pineda for a foreign substance on his body? Something that every pitcher in the major leagues is known to do? Remember hwo you were all calling for him to be suspended? That was neat.

  333. ssgmtk says:Jan 21, 2015 8:04 AM

    let the PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME THIS IS NOT A FIRST …. REMOVE THEM FROM THE SUPERBOWL .. STRIP THEM OF THE AFC TITLE AND BAN THEM FROM NEXT 2 OR 3 SUPER BOWLS ….. MAYBE THEY WILL GET THE IDEA ….
    Lets face it IF YOU ARE NOT OR CANNOT CHEAT YOU CANNOT PLAY OR COACH IN NEW ENGLAND …. Once again we would like to thank New England for showing us how to cheat better than any team in the HISTORY OF THE NFL …… you should be striped of your AFC title and not allowed to play in the Super bowl this Year and maybe next again ….. Once AGAIN Thank you for your DISHONESTY you are definitely the best at it ….

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    I agree. The punishment should fit the crime. Should be at least a 6th round draft pick and at least a $50,000 fine!

  334. As it is said, where there’s smoke there’s usually a fire. For some reason there always seems to be smoke billowing up from the Patriots. When a team has multiple instances of skirting the rules it becomes a trend. This looks to be the latest example of the Patriots inability to avoid controversy. There are many arguing that it wouldn’t have influenced the outcome of the game. While this may be true it is beside the point. The league came down very hard on the Saints for Bountygate. But despite the allegations of bounties, there was little evidence of it on the playing field. The same logic applies here. It is inconsequential whether or not the Colts would have still lost. The issue is the growing concern that the Patriots apparently violated league policy in order to gain an advantage on the field. That is the definition of cheating.

  335. While a deflated football wouldn’t make any difference in how Patriots RBs RAN with the ball, it could have certainly helped them maintain a better GRIP on it, and prevented fumbling or stripping.

  336. EVERY team is doing this. There’s no story here. EVERY team plays around with the deflation of the balls. There’s just a league wide conspiracy to take down the Patriots. Just as EVERY team was videotaping and EVERY team was and is cheating. People just suck. They look at any reason to take down the Patriots, the NFL’s greatest dynasty.

  337. as of this posting… 658 comments. Holy under-inflated balls Batman! What’s the record?

    Was the 12th ball used by the Colts? Or do they have their own 12 balls?

    Seattle has their 12th man… the Pats have their 12th ball.

  338. The Saints lost their coach and more for incentivizing guys to play outside the lines of the game. They broke a CBA rule (apparently) and were penalized severely, including the coach who “should have known” what was going on within his program.
    The precedent is set.
    This is an integrity of the game issue. The coach should be suspended for one year, the team should be fined a significant amount of money (it is a second offense after all) and if possible multiple draft picks should not only be taken away but should given to the team directly impacted by the situation.

    Of course all of this will happen after the Superbowl and after the commish congratulates them on their successful season.

  339. The New England Deflatriots have officially taken the title of the NFL’s All-Time Dirtiest Team from the 1960’s-70’s Oakland Raiders.

  340. To all you science experts: What if all the NE special teams balls maintained pressure? Why did the 12th ball maintain pressure? What if all the Colt’s balls maintained pressure?

    Would you then say that NE only scored using the 12th ball that maintained pressure?

  341. metitometin says:
    Jan 21, 2015 10:41 AM
    EVERY team is doing this. There’s no story here. EVERY team plays around with the deflation of the balls. There’s just a league wide conspiracy to take down the Patriots. Just as EVERY team was videotaping and EVERY team was and is cheating. People just suck. They look at any reason to take down the Patriots, the NFL’s greatest dynasty.

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  342. This all seems a little way too much to be believeable. Whose to say that the Colts didn’t deflate the balls as they were getting a mud hole stomped in their behind, in order to create a controversy that would cast the Patriots in a bad light and take focus off the fact that they were outplayed significantly and lost the game? Too much room for doubt as to who was actually responsible or even if the small amount of “deflation” influenced the outcome of the game. The only thing that is certain is that this created a firestorm of controversy and will give the tabloid rag writers something to chew on and speculate about throughout the Superbowl.
    The officials are the custodians of the official equipment and so before the Patriots are presumed guilty by an angry lynch mob, perhaps the NFL needs to revisit the issue of officiating accountability. It’s professional sports people, not the Holy Grail, lots of money changes hands in Vegas, Atlantic City, and your local bar and anytime there is the potential for corruption, the opportunity is ripe for any number of potential suspects. People always assume that the winner cheated however it’s equally plausible that the loser was so humiliated as to want to detract from their miserable performance.

  343. This probably isn’t important. There really isn’t much you gain from tampering with a football. In fact, it used to be common to scuff a football and this was seen as preferable for BOTH sides, and isn’t cheating.

    What so maybe somehow one team, if it was intentional, might know they have a better or worse shot to kick a 50+ yard field goal. That’s about it.

    Both teams played with the same balls.

    What probably happened is the person in charge of inflating them, probably screwed up. Maybe he was new, maybe he wasn’t paying attention. 1-2 pounds isn’t that much. Really it isn’t.

    Maybe the guy in charge had a intern do it. Maybe he didn’t know how to read the gauge properly.

    Who here inflates their CAR tires within 1-2 lbs of specifications? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    Besides, how is it the Patriots fault, when it is up to the LEAGUE to check to balls before the game. Remember the whole, need to use NEW football rule a few years back?

    Now if someone has some evidence that something nefarious happened, show it. Looks like a simple screwup, with LITTLE TO NO IMPACT on the actual game where BOTH played with the same footballs, where the REFS screwed their job up to check them, and now everyone is crying foul.

    It’s pretty dumb. If you want a conspiracy, how about Wall Street getting captured congresspeople to vote in bailouts for their worthless derivatives backed by the confiscation of YOUR deposits. Both Dems and Repubs are completely in favor of this.

    You see, one is an actual conspiracy that will actually destroy you. The other is a pipe dream and revolves around a game. Try to keep perspective on what you should actually be paying attention and protesting, and what you shouldn’t be.

  344. hey guys,
    I did the science… assuming an indoor temp of say 70-75 F and a game temp of 45-50 (which I think I remember it was that day) then the balls would have lost 0.49-ish psi due to the lower temp. Nowhere near the 2 psi reported. Also, the 12th ball not being deflated.. hmmmm……..

  345. Brad Jonhson said that he paid $7,500 to take care of 100 footballs for Superbowl XXXVII… May be someone from the Colts organization paid someone to deflate 11 Patriots footballs?

    After all, it’s the Colts equipment manager who found the problem…

    And Pagano was unaware of the story… but still was the one who called his GM for that same story during the game.

    And why 11 footballs out of 12 footballs? May be a mistake happened in the rush, and that the last football was in fact the Colts kicking ball. A simple mistake that could give us the answer about another thing : Vinateri missing his FG by a mile.

  346. I personally wish the NFL would spend as much time and attention to Officiating getting the calls Right!!! I know of several games this year where a critical call was wrong and allowed the wrong team. Some Teams missed the playoffs based on losses caused by bad officiating. That probably has a Bigger Impact on the league than underinflated balls.

  347. jmc8888 —

    WRONG.
    Each team brings 12 footballs for their teams OFFENSE to use. After they are inspected by a ref before the game, they are supposed to remain unaltered.

    An offense can gain some advantage from an under-inflated football. It can increase grip for RBs, WRs, and Brady, and reduce the possibilty of fumbles or strips. It may also reduce a footballs ability to sail and perhaps reduce Brady’s chances of overthrowing a receiver.

    Finally, the primary issue is that there is a pattern of cheating with the New England Patriots, and it needs to be addressed with serious sanctions if they are found guilty of tampering by the League.

  348. Hey, the Putriots are in the Superfluff again, and cheating again. Go figure. Their coach is being a jerk again. Whoopeee, so what else is new. And the Seagulls… yeah, they’re there again, wow, how exciting, two huge collections of nasty, dirty playing, egotistical jerks battling it out. Hmmmm, you know, I have never been ice fishing before, even though I live in Wisconsin. But I may try it on Superbowl Sunday, after church. It seems like the perfect day, there’s nothing interesting at all going on, and nothing good on TV. If there are any funny commercials we’ll see them everywhere for months anyway. And frankly, looking at professional football and what most of these “contender” teams have become, and the character of their coaches and many players? I hope hundreds of millions of other people feel the same way.

  349. What the NFL needs to do is take a page out of Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ book.
    Ban everyone involved for life.

  350. While it’s still unclear if the balls were intentionally deflated, experts agree that using underinflated footballs gives the offense an unfair edge.

    “There’s a huge advantage to having a deflated football,” former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell said on SportsCenter. “It’s like a basketball — if you take a little air out of it, it’s easier to palm it.”

    Taking air out of the ball makes it softer, and thus easier to grip, throw, and catch. NFL teams each bring 12 balls to the game and use their own on offense, so only the Patriots would have benefitted from the deflated balls.

    Ainissa Ramirez, the author of a football-science book called “Newton’s Football,” explained on NPR:

    The ball is slightly squishier. And particularly during the [Patriots-Colts game], which was kind of rainy, it’s harder to hold the ball, it’s hard to catch the ball. So by making it a little softer, it’s easier to catch the ball.

    Brunell said cold, rainy weather makes the ball tougher to grip, which is why a lot of quarterbacks wear gloves on their throwing hands when the temperature drops.

    “Sometimes it feels like you’re throwing a rock in those conditions,” he said.

    A source told MMQB’s Peter King that it’s all about the grip.

    “For a quarterback on a very cold and rainy day, if he’s gripping a rock-hard football, that’s different than gripping a football that is softer and has some give to it,” the source said. “If you take a pound [of pressure] out of the footballs, that could be a significant difference in handling the ball.”

    The balls the Patriots were using were actually two pounds of pressure below the minimum threshold, so the advantage would have been significant.

    While some have suggested that the underinflation could have happened naturally because of the cold weather, a Boston College physicist told the Boston Herald, ” If the footballs were notably lower pressure, then the only way it could have happened was if someone went in and stuck a needle in the ball and let two-thirds of the gas out, which means it is now up to the NFL to follow the chain of command — but no logical physics can explain the kind of pressure loss they’re talking about.”

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on ESPN Radio that he prefers the ball to be slightly overinflated, although he acknowledged that using a deflated ball can give you an edge.

    “There is, if you don’t have strong grip pressure or smaller hands, an advantage to having a flat football, though, because that is easier to throw,” he said.

    Did the Patriots only win 45-7 because they were using underinflated balls?

    No.

    But it’s not a frivolous issue, either. If the league’s findings are true, the Patriots benefitted from using light balls on Sunday, no matter how they got that way.

  351. It will not surprise if one of two things happen:

    Either…

    The Pats will designate a scapegoat who is far down the food chain to take the blame…

    Or…

    The NFL will hush it up.

  352. The commissioner has the ability to make New England forfeit or even replay the game- although it won’t happen bc it would cause too much of a stir and not to mention he is buddy buddy with Kraft . But seriously, when even pats fans are denouncing this behavior and embarrassed to even say their a fan, then you know something is wrong.

  353. The missing 2 psi in the footballs can be explained by temperature AND changes in the atmospheric pressure.

    THe football gauge pressure (above atmospheric pressure) is about 13 psi. Atmospheric pressure is about 14.5 psi. The total football pressure is 13+14.5, or 27.5 psi.

    As the temperature drops, the pressure in the football drop. Also, as the atmospheric pressure drops, the pressure in the football also drops (the ball expands slightly, thus lowering the pressure)

    If the balls were filled at a warm temperature and the atmospheric pressure was relatively high…THe balls would lose a lot of pressure if the temperature dropped and the atmospheric pressure dropped.

    2 psi could be completely explained with temp and atmospheric pressure.

    The bigger question is why teams are allowed to manage their own footballs. The NFL (refs) should be the only one’s to touch the footballs until they are used in the game.

  354. My personal opinion is bellichek should get suspended for one year similar to Sean Payton , however if something unfolds that this wasn’t the first time this season, I think more needs to be done and that they don’t deserve to play in the Super Bowl. They are ruining the spirit of the game- and when you start seeing even patriot FANS (who will usually defend their team to the end ) denouncing this behavior and fed up, then you KNOW something is wrong.
    Remember after the ravens game in the press conference when Brady said they will have something up their sleeve or in store for next week too after the ineligible/eligible thing? Obviously he won’t lyin!!

  355. Deflated balls

    every year at this time in the 2 weeks leading up to the super-duper-scooper-pooper bowl something really silly manages to make its way to the surface.

    This year it’s deflated balls

    That sounds about right

  356. Man, if only Jerrah Jones had thought of this Murray would not have fumbled against Green Bay and Dallas would have won…….

  357. The only person that will be punished for this is adrian peterson. he takes the punishment for offenses he had nothing to do with while the offenders get reinstated.

  358. Patriots’ “High Class” History Highlights (To name a few):

    – The Snowplow Game
    – The “Patriot Missiles” Locker Room Mess
    – SpyGate
    – Deflate-Gate

    Am I missing any?

  359. The missing 2 psi in the footballs can be explained by temperature AND changes in the atmospheric pressure.

    THe football gauge pressure (above atmospheric pressure) is about 13 psi. Atmospheric pressure is about 14.5 psi. The total football pressure is 13+14.5, or 27.5 psi.

    As the temperature drops, the pressure in the football drop. Also, as the atmospheric pressure drops, the pressure in the football also drops (the ball expands slightly, thus lowering the pressure)

    If the balls were filled at a warm temperature and the atmospheric pressure was relatively high…THe balls would lose a lot of pressure if the temperature dropped and the atmospheric pressure dropped.

    2 psi could be completely explained with temp and atmospheric pressure.

    The bigger question is why teams are allowed to manage their own footballs. The NFL (refs) should be the only one’s to touch the footballs until they are used in the game.

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    That’s a great theory, but you’re forgetting about the 12th ball. How did one ball magically escape the laws of physics that the other 11 succumbed to? Maybe it was in another universe where the it was a different temperature than the other 11.

  360. dissed215,
    I have not seen anything that says one ball was tested and was within specs. I have seen several reports that the teams provide 12 balls each and that the balls were retested at halftime and 11 were under-inflated. They never came out and said all 12 balls were tested. I would guess that the 12th ball was not tested at all because it was handed to a home team fan after one of the first half TDs.

  361. dissed215 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 11:53 AM

    The missing 2 psi in the footballs can be explained by temperature AND changes in the atmospheric pressure.

    THe football gauge pressure (above atmospheric pressure) is about 13 psi. Atmospheric pressure is about 14.5 psi. The total football pressure is 13+14.5, or 27.5 psi.

    As the temperature drops, the pressure in the football drop. Also, as the atmospheric pressure drops, the pressure in the football also drops (the ball expands slightly, thus lowering the pressure)

    If the balls were filled at a warm temperature and the atmospheric pressure was relatively high…THe balls would lose a lot of pressure if the temperature dropped and the atmospheric pressure dropped.

    2 psi could be completely explained with temp and atmospheric pressure.

    The bigger question is why teams are allowed to manage their own footballs. The NFL (refs) should be the only one’s to touch the footballs until they are used in the game.

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    If this is true, then how come the Colts’ footballs weren’t affected?

    Your theory does not work, because the Colts’ footballs were still at legal levels.

  362. If you don’t think that EVERY NFL TEAM does something to the footballs to accommodate their quarterback’s personal preference, then you are blind.

    MAybe a little less air, maybe a little more, maybe a small roughing up of the area where the quarterback puts his trowing palm….something to the football that the quarterback prefers.

    Jealousy of the Patriots for being consistent winners has brought forth all the idiots.

    Instead of crying about the air in a football, how about crying about the ineptness of the leaders of the team (s) you cheer for.

  363. Not every NFL team does, the proof is in the long term study of fumbles in the NFL, the deflated ball is easier to hang on to, and thus the Patriots have the lowest at home fumble percentage in the NFL by a ridiculous amount. More evidence of the cheating going on by the Pats.

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