WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As the Patriots celebrate their Super Bowl victory Monday, a new report states that only one of the patriots’ 12 game footballs used in the AFC Championship game against the Colts was two pounds under the minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the report said 11 were under 12.5 PSI, but many were “just a few ticks under the minimum.”
The initial conflicting report came from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on January 21. He said 11 of the 12 footballs were “significantly” under the 12.5 level.
One western Mass fan told 22News the whole issue took away some of the excitement leading up to the Super Bowl, but last night’s win cleared up any questions.
“You’re supposed to have all this hype for the Super Bowl. And everybody got so sick of hearing about footballs, I couldn’t watch or listen to it anymore,” Norman Giebner of West Springfield said.
“That felt so much better. A little redemption. Here we are. Too bad for you.”
Attorney Ted Wells and NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash are still looking into the situation.