Did Deflategate Affect the AFC Championship?

Finally, a question with a clear answer in the Deflategate saga.
No. The balls did not affect the game's outcome.
New England led 17-7 at halftime of the AFC championship game, at which point 11 of the balls the Patriots provided for the game were found to be under the mandated PSI.
They were pumped up, the game resumed, and the Patriots ran away with the score ending in a 45-7 route.
Even the Wells Report agrees, league officials checked four footballs from each team after the game and all the Pats' balls passed the mandate.
Interestingly, one official found that three of the Colts' balls measured just below.
In other words, when it came to the actual game of football, the footballs themselves didn't seem to matter much.



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