After accusations of the New England Patriots using deflated footballs in last Sunday’s AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts led to an unfortunately named controversy (“Deflategate”), a video of the play in question has emerged just in time for those looking for something to dissect, breakdown, and cry foul upon in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX (also known as Super Bowl Ex-Licks).
Newsday’s Bob Glauber reports:
According to a person familiar with the background of the matter, the Colts first noticed something unusual after an interception by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in the second quarter. Jackson gave the ball to a member of the Colts’ equipment staff, who noticed the ball seemed underinflated and then notified coach Chuck Pagano.
General manager Ryan Grigson was notified in the press box, and he contacted Mike Kensil, NFL director of football operations. Kensil then told the on-field officials at halftime, when the Patriots led 17-7. The Patriots erupted for 21 points in the third quarter, although it is not known if any of the balls were improperly inflated after halftime.
Thus far, the NFL has not issued a definitive statement on the matter, other than to acknowledge they have initiated an investigation.