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NFL confirms Patriots used deflated footballs in AFC Championship game

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(January 20, 2015)– ESPN reports that 11 of 12 New England footballs were under-inflated during Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The footballs were under-inflated by two pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations, ESPN reports.

Few other details were immediately released.

The Patriots are no strangers to controversy. In 2007, New England lost a first-round draft pick and was hit with a fine after the NFL found the team illegally taped their opponents’ hand signals.

Coaches who train football players at “Sparta Indy” in Fishers helped explain the benefit.

“It makes it a little easier to catch, a little easier to throw especially in those weather conditions,” explained Sparta Indy co-owner Joe Hammond.

Here’s some of the reaction around Twitter:

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