NFL: 11 Of 12 Patriots Footballs Used Sunday Were “Under-Inflated”


Chris Mortensen reports, Te NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources.

The league says the New England Patriots used deflated footballs during their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts.

They say that 11 balls were under-inflated by two pounds each, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

“We are not commenting at this time,” Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, said to ESPN.

Patriots say they will continue to cooperate with the investigation.

Troy Vincent, the league’s senior executive vice president, told Tuesday that the investigation will formally conclude in “two or three days.”


EARLIER:  The NFL has confirmed that it is looking into allegations the New England Patriots cheated during Sunday night’s AFC championship game by using a deflated football.


The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 on Sunday, cinching a spot in the Super Bowl.

Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman, confirmed the investigation Monday.

A charge was first made on Sunday night when a reporter announced that the NFL had taken at least one game ball to see whether it was intentionally deflated, making it easier for a player to throw and catch.