Looks like the New England Patriots are in hot water.
The NFL will investigate the possibility that the New England Patriots deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, which they won 45-7 over the Indianapolis Colts. According to some reports, the league has guidelines on how much pressure the ball must have between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, weighing between 14 and 15 ounces. During the game, it was raining heavily and a less-inflated ball is easier to grip than a fully inflated one.
There was a delay before the third-quarter-opening kickoff that might have included game officials investigating the balls the Patriots were using. If caught, the Patriots could face a fine.
The Patriots have faced accusations that they’ve skirted the rules for years, and they were penalized for spying on the New York Jets during the 2007 season with the loss of a first-round draft pick and a hefty fine paid not by the team but by Bill Belichick himself.