NFL spokesman Michael Signora said the matter is being looked into but could not offer further comment when asked how many instances are in question and what possible punishment, if any, the Patriots could face.
According to a report on the NFL’s website, a ball was taken off the field and out of circulation during New England’s 45-7 win over the visiting Colts that clinched a place in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Using a deflated ball could have helped players increase their grip, which could have been an issue during Sunday’s game that was played in rainy conditions.
According to the NFL report, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dismissed the claims as “ridiculous” during his Monday morning appearance on Boston radio station WEEI-FM.
“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” said Brady, who threw three touchdowns in the win. “That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this.”
The report also said that if the NFL confirms deflated footballs were used by New England to gain an advantage during the game, it could cost the team draft picks.