The Patriots used 12 backup footballs for the 2nd half of Sunday’s AFC Championship game after issues were found with most of the original 12 balls used by the offense in the 1st half. The Patriots had 24 balls available, 12 of which were tested by the officials pregame and another dozen stored inside as back ups. After the officials found that the majority of the balls used in the 1st half were below the required PSI, the backup balls were brought into play. The backup balls were found to be within the correct levels. -League Source from WEEI
This would explain the swap out of balls after the first play of the 2nd half, when the announcers assumed the Kicking ball was still in play. This was in fact a switch to the corrected balls. I cant help but notice with this theory that we actually scored more points with the legal balls than illegal balls if this story is correct.. 2nd Half-28 pts, 1st half-17 pts.
The whole thing needs to be put to rest. Someone is going to get a hefty fine, I assume its going to be Tom Brady. If someone knew of the balls being deflated, I assume its the person that may have possibly requested that to happen. I can’t imagine someone on the sidelines is deflating balls without Brady knowing I hate to say…
What really needs to happen is a QB (whether former or current) to come out and speak out against this. This is going to be a huge story the rest of the time leading up to the Super Bowl. This should be a time to enjoy the hype and the talk radio leading up to the game, but its nothing but a headache and nuisance to listen to. I just hope this doesn’t effect the refereeing of the game and the outcome of the game. I played with an under-inflated football my whole childhood because I never had a pump, whats the big deal???