Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who intercepted the pass that spurred Deflategate, said he could not tell if the ball he caught had less pressure.
Jackson's interception of Tom Brady in the first half led to the investigation that reportedly found that 11 of the Patriots' 12 footballs for the AFC title game were under-inflated based on league regulations.
"I wouldn't know how that could even be an advantage or a disadvantage," Jackson said. "I definitely wouldn't be able to tell if one ball had less pressure than another."
Jackson said if New England deliberately broke the rules, he doesn't hold ill will toward them.
"It wouldn't have changed the outcome of the game," Jackson said. "They outplayed us. We didn't match their intensity. I don't feel slighted at all personally. They created turnovers, they ran the ball on us. They won that game because of their intensity -- not the pressure of a football."
Earlier Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was shocked to hear about the controversy and had no explanation of the under-inflated footballs balls. Brady later said he did not alter the footballs "in any way."
The Patriots won the game 45-7, advancing to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
- Molly Geary