Everyone else is talking about it so we figured we might as well report on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots “Deflated Gate” scandal as well going into Sunday’s big game.
One of the most bizarre headlines leading up to Super Bowl 49 is the story about how some are reporting that the actual footballs used in the New England Patriots blow out win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game were underinflated. The NFL mentions that footballs must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and the ball itself should weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.
The NFL has actually launched an investigation into the allegations. ESPN is reporting that 11 of the 12 footballs used within the game could have been underinflated by up to 2 pounds per square inch. The NFL is uncertain if any penalties should be enforced. The Patriots will still be able to play in Super Bowl 49 and the “Deflate-gate” storyline should fizzle out before the big game.
With so much focus on the PSI of the footballs leading up to the Super Bowl, you better believe that the NFL will ensure that the balls are inflated correctly for the championship game. Being that the University of Phoenix Stadium is an indoor facility, neither team will need to worry about weather conditions. One of the reasons a player may want their ball deflated is to get a better grip on it during bad weather.