ESPN Reports NFL Found 11 of 12 Footballs Used Against the Colts Were Under-inflated

Ken Bell

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the NFL has found 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots used against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game were under-inflated by two pounds.

The league had investigators in Foxboro on Tuesday to interview Patriots staff members.  Balls are required to be between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch.  The balls are inspected by the officials two hours and 15 minutes before each game.  

An under-inflated ball would allow better grip in wet conditions.

This raises questions about tampering with the balls after the inspection, or the inspection process itself.