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Report: Only one of Patriots' 12 balls were under-inflated by two pounds

Report: Only one of Patriots' 12 balls were under-inflated by two pounds

Only one of the 12 New England Patriots' footballs used in the team's AFC Championship game was underinflated by a full two pounds, according NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.  

Only one of the 12 New England Patriots footballs used in the team's AFC Championship game win against the Indianapolis Colts was under-inflated by a full two pounds, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.  

"Several" other balls were found to be roughly one pound under-inflated, and "several more" were either right at, or barely beneath, the correct inflation mark. 

The one football under-inflated by two pounds is in the NFL's possession for purposes of its ongoing investigation as to whether the Patriots purposefully deflated their footballs in order to gain an advantage over the Colts.  

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Footage exists of an "elderly" employee carrying both the Patriots and Colts' footballs into a Gillette Stadium bathroom before the AFC Championship game for approximately 90 seconds. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday in his press conference that the league has not made any judgments yet as to the Patriots' guilt or innocence in the matter. 

On Thursday, NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith said the league had decided to interview Patriots team members after the Super Bowl. 

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