SEATTLE — Sources within the NFL have determined the New England Patriots supplied under-inflated balls during Sunday’s AFC championship game, according to a Tuesday night report from ESPN.
A league source familiar with the investigation told ESPN that 11 of the 12 balls allotted to the Patriots were found to be under inflated by two pounds of air.
Game balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces, according to ESPN.
Despite the ESPN report, the NFL says its investigation is ongoing.
Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The Associated Press that the "investigation is currently underway and we’re still awaiting findings."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: "WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION."
It’s unclear what kind of punishment the team could face. On February 1st, the Patriots will face the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.