Report: NFL investigating footballs in Colts-Patriots game

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws during the first of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A columnist from a New York publication reports the NFL is investigating whether footballs were properly inflated for the AFC Championship game.

The Indianapolis Colts lost 45-7 to the New England Patriots Sunday night, sending the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

Bob Glauber, a columnist from Newsday, tweeted Monday morning that an NFL spokesman said the league is investigating whether footballs were properly inflated during the Colts game.

Less than an hour after the tweet, Bob Glauber was a trending topic on Twitter in Indianapolis.

According to the NFL, game balls must have between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds of air pressure and weigh 14-15 ounces.

Robert Faulkens, Assistant Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association said anything less than those specifications could offer an advantage.

“When balls are deflated you have more control,” said Faulkens. It helps players have a better grip when the ball is wet.”

NFL officials are staying tight lipped about the allegations. The league released a statement saying, “We are looking into it.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented on the accusations Monday morning, calling them “ridiculous.”

Fans are mixed on whether the allegations are more than hot air, but most seem to want to know for sure what actually happened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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