New England Patriots have been placed at the center of a huge scandal which accuses them of deflating 11 of 12 balls they handed to officials before the AFC Championship Game.
It is believed that under-inflated balls are easier to throw and catch, and the NFL is investigating the situation with the full cooperation of the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick.
Let the investigation begin
This investigation couldn't come at a worse time for the Patriots, with the AFC Champions currently in full preparation mode for the Super Bowl in Arizona.
The Patriots' AFC Championship Game opponents, Indianapolis Colts, were the ones to highlight the under-inflated ball controversy after Tom Brady's second half interception that was picked off by D'Qwell Jackson.
New England deny foul play over the controversy against the Colts but their troubles don't stop there.
- Tom Brady: DeflateGate conspiracy theory against Patriots is 'ridiculous'
- Bill Belichick vehemently denies Patriots cheated against Ravens
- Deflated ball investigation instigated by Colts after interception
The controversy gets worse
Reports on Wednesday have now revealed that some of the Baltimore Ravens players believe that under-inflated balls were also used during their loss to the Patriots at Foxboro Stadium during the Divisional Round of the playoffs two weeks ago.
CBS Sports NFL reporter Jason La Canfora revealed on Wednesday that Ravens players have voiced their issues with the Pats' alleged use of under-inflated balls, according to league sources.
"Some of the Baltimore Ravens believe kicking balls used in their playoff game at New England were slightly under-inflated, according to league sources," La Canfora wrote on Wednesday.
"With the Patriots under investigation for possibly under-inflating balls in their playoff win against the Colts, sources said some on Baltimore's sideline believed there may have been irregularities with the kicking balls used in their AFC divisional playoff game at Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 10.
"Baltimore's kicking and punting units were not getting their normal depth and distance, and some believed the balls they were using may have been deflated."
La Canfora added that he's spoken to an NFL spokesman on the matter and they explained that the Ravens are yet to file a complaint on the issue.
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