A deflated ball could be easier to throw, especially in rainy conditions like those in the Patriots-Colts face-off.
The NFL source reportedly told Kravitz that "officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it."
According to NBC Sports, "several" abnormal balls were allegedly removed from gameplay during the match-up.
Bob Glauber of New York Newsday later confirmed that an NFL investigation into the matter is underway.
According to Newsday, the Patriots could face a potential fine or a draft penalty if it turns out that they did use deflated balls, though they would likely retain their win.
The Patriots infamously landed in hot water for the 2007 "Spygate" scandal in which the team videotaped the signals of New York Jets defensive coaches. The violation led to a record $500,000 fine for head coach Bill Belichick among other penalties.
Despite the NFL probe, the show must go on. The Patriots are set to face the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks on February 1st in Super Bowl XLIX.
source: huffingtonpost.com By Adam Goldberg