ESPN: 11 of 12 Patriots’ footballs under-inflated

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws during the first of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH (WISH) -The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations, ESPN reports.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the news late Tuesday night, citing league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation of the AFC championship game.

The Indianapolis Colts lost 45-7 to the Patriots Sunday night, sending the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

ESPN reports Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, said, “We are not commenting at this time.”

ESPN says the investigation into how the 11 footballs became under-inflated continues.

According to the NFL, game balls must have between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds of air pressure and weigh 14-15 ounces.

Select sports writers and analysts have called for the Patriots to forfeit their trip to the Super Bowl. Some Colts players reacted hours after the report’s release on Twitter.

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