Soon after the Pats annihilated the Colts on Sunday, the haters came out of the woodwork claiming the balls that New England brought to the game were deflated to help the Pats throw and catch in the rainy weather. Both team’s footballs were inspected two hours before the game; so it’s unclear how they could’ve become deflated. An (unofficial) investigation revealed that in fact 11 of the 12 balls brought by New England weighed less than when initially inspected.
There’s no way to switch the balls out, or have the ball boys tamper with the equipment mid-game, so it’s unclear (and probably always will be) how they could have lost air during the game. Was it a combination of humidity and cold or another factor beyond their control?
If the score was only a few points difference, I would say the weight of the balls could have affected the score, but there’s no way it would cause a 38 point deficit. The investigation will run it’s course and we’ll let the haters keep on hating, but one thing is clear: the Pats are going to the Super Bowl! #DeflateThis