ESPN says 11 of their 12 game balls during Sunday’s AFC Championship game were not inflated properly. How did they get that way? Well, there are a couple of possibilities.

The balls weren’t underinflated before the game, or they were and the refs didn’t say anything. It’s also possible that the balls were properly inflated, and during the game, someone on the Patriot’s sideline managed to deflate them without being detected.

NFL rules state that the balls be delivered to the head ref two hours and fifteen minutes before the game, and then they are under his supervision until right before the game. If the ref didn’t say anything about them being underinflated, that would be a huge problem. If they were properly inflated and he can prove that, that would mean the Pats were indeed the ones who did the deflating.

This is a big deal because a deflated ball can be gripped better by a player, and give a team an unfair advantage.

The Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, isn’t saying anything about the investigation, saying reporters should ask league officials about it.

This isn’t the first time the Patriot’s have been accused of cheating. Back in 2007, the team was fined $500,000 for having an assistant spy on the New York Jets' defensive signals.