Deflategate Threatens to Mar Patriots Conference Championship Victory

January 21, 2015

That’s all anyone seems to be talking about right now. Deflate gate. The New England Patriots are being investigated by the NFL for supposedly using under inflated balls during their 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC Championship game.

League regulations state that a football must be inflated between 12.5 to 13.5 pounds of air per square inch. Each team provides twelve footballs that are inspected and marked for use in the game, and are not used for practice prior to a game.

Event Name & Location Date Tickets
New England Patriots Preseason Home Game 1 (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/01 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Mon Jul 1 2024
New England Patriots Preseason Home Game 2 (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/02 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Tue Jul 2 2024
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Highmark Stadium, tickets for 07/04 TBA at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY Thu Jul 4 2024
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Hard Rock Stadium, tickets for 07/04 TBA at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL Thu Jul 4 2024
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/04 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Thu Jul 4 2024
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/05 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Fri Jul 5 2024
New York Jets vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), MetLife Stadium, tickets for 07/05 TBA at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ Fri Jul 5 2024
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/06 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Sat Jul 6 2024
New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/07 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Sun Jul 7 2024
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), EverBank Stadium, tickets for 07/08 TBA at EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL Mon Jul 8 2024
New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/08 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Mon Jul 8 2024
Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Nissan Stadium - Nashville, tickets for 07/08 TBA at Nissan Stadium - Nashville, Nashville, TN Mon Jul 8 2024
San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Levi's Stadium, tickets for 07/08 TBA at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Mon Jul 8 2024
Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), State Farm Stadium, tickets for 07/08 TBA at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ Mon Jul 8 2024
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/09 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Tue Jul 9 2024
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/10 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Wed Jul 10 2024
Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Paycor Stadium, tickets for 07/10 TBA at Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, OH Wed Jul 10 2024
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Date: TBD), Gillette Stadium, tickets for 07/11 TBA at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Thu Jul 11 2024
Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots (Date: TBD), Soldier Field, tickets for 07/11 TBA at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL Thu Jul 11 2024

Allegations have now surfaced that eleven out of the twelve balls provided by the Patriots were inflated less than the required amount. A lack of air inside the ball means the ball is easier to grip and easier to catch.

If allegations are proven true, the guilty party will be penalized and fined, though what sanctions will be put in place is still not clear. Docking draft picks and monetary fines seem to be the most obvious ones.

So far, the Patriots have not released an official statement, with Coach Bill Belichick saying he did not know about the investigation, and League officials should be contacted for information. He did, however, promise to cooperate fully with the League’s investigation.

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