Accusations: The NFL is investigating if the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in their 45-7 AFC Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Eleven of the allocated 12 game balls were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air.
The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is continuing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated.
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."
Vincent was responding to an ESPN report that cited anonymous league sources saying 11 of the Patriots' 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air. ESPN did not say how that occurred.
Vincent said earlier Tuesday he expected the probe to be concluded by the end of the week. The last thing the NFL wants after a difficult season off the field is a potential cheating scandal that disrupts Super Bowl week. New England faces Seattle on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.