What difference do under-inflated footballs really make?

Brady and Belichick had no explanation

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – An NFL investigation is underway into allegations The Patriots used under-inflated footballs during last weekend’s championship game. 22News separates fact from fiction, and shows you just how much of a difference an under-inflated ball might make.

Fans are outraged after allegations that 11 out of the 12 footballs The Patriots provided for the AFC Championship game against The Colts were under-inflated.

“I think it’s sour grapes. Pittsburgh and Indianapolis have it out for The Patriots. Nobody likes a winner. They’ve been on top for too long,” said Bob LaBonte of Chicopee.

On Thursday, Quarterback Tom Brady said he did not tamper with the footballs and didn’t notice they were under-inflated. He said, ‘When you’re out there playing in front of 70,000 people like a home crowd, you don’t think about it. I’m just reacting to the game, I’m certainly not thinking about the football.”

Deflate-Gate reports the pats footballs were under-inflated by 2-pounds per square inch of pressure. 22News did an investigation of our own, to see just how big of a difference a couple pounds of pressure might make.

A standard NFL football has between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch of pressure; that’s equivalent to 15 ounces. When we deflate the ball by 2 PSI, at 10.5 pounds of pressure per square inch, the football weighed 14 and 3/4 ounces, just a quarter ounce less. That’s like being able to feel the difference between holding 2 and 3 sheets of paper in your hand.

Some experts argue an under-inflated football is easier to grip, pass and catch.

“The Colts are a good team and I believe Andrew Luck would have had gotten some good luck if that didn’t happen to him,” said James Wyates of Holyoke.

“I mean even if the balls were deflated, it’s still 7-to-45. So you take away a couple of scores? We still stomped them,” said Jeff Kempton of Chicopee.

Right now, the NFL is investigating how the 11 footballs were under-inflated. To listen to the full interview with Tom Brady, Click Here. To listen to the full interview with Bill Belichick, Click Here.

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