Did the Patriots cheat the Chargers out of a Super Bowl?
A number of sports pundits believe the Pats may have been using deflated balls for years — not just against the Colts recently. ESPN's Steve Smith: “ If indeed it has happened, I believe it is something that has been going on for a long period of time.”
How long? Is 2008 possible? That's when the Chargers lost to the Patriots 21 to 12 in the AFC Championship game played in Foxboro, Mass. It was cold — 23 degrees at game time.
The Big Lead did an analysis and found that the Patriots, unlike other cold-weather teams, increase the yards per pass in cold weather at home. In games colder than 36 degrees, the Patriots average 7.52 yards, compared to the 6.88 yards per game in warm weather.
Hmm... In that big game, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw three interceptions but also had two touchdown passes. His yards per throw: 6.3.
In contrast, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw two interceptions and couldn't muster a touchdown throw. His yards per pass was a meek 5.7 yards.
Was Brady throwing a softer, Nerf-like, deflated ball and Rivers a brick?
Can't help but wonder ...
Oh, and congrats on another Super Bowl Pats— even if it might come with an asterisk.