If you ask John Harbaugh, he’ll tell you that Deflategate — the controversy surrounding the underinflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts — can’t be used to challenge the Ravens’ loss to the Pats a week earlier. “[W]e don’t know anything about that in our game,” he said. “We didn’t have a chance to handle any of their offensive footballs.”
Fox Sports NFL Insider Jeff Glazer reports, however, that it was in fact the Ravens who “tipped off” the Colts to the flat footballs before the AFC title game began. To put his claim in perspective, let me say he doesn’t describe his sources. This is what he said: “Look, here’s the deal. The Indianapolis Colts, they were tipped off to this before the game ever even happened — whether or not it was from the last time they played them. I was told it was actually from people inside Baltimore, from the Baltimore Ravens.”
As WJZ points out, while the game against the Colts was a blowout (and by the way, the footballs were reinflated for the second half), the Divisional Round game against the Ravens was much closer, 35-31. Plus, the Patriots threw the ball (where the deflation would supposedly help) for 408 yards. They only ran the ball (where deflation wouldn’t be an issue) for 14 yards. So there’s that.
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