FOXBORO, MA (The Spread) - Apparently the Colts were tipped off when it came to finding out that game balls in the AFC title game might be deflated when they played New England in the AFC title game last week.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that the Baltimore Ravens tipped off the Colts about the Patriots' alleged practice of deflating game balls. It was originally reported that Indianapolis' sidelined was tipped off about the deflated balls following D'Qwell Jackson's interception in the second quarter. But according to Glazer, the NFL was already planning to inspect the balls at halftime.
This opens up a new can of worms in the ongoing saga that is being called "deflategate." Even Colts players admit that the deflated balls used in the AFC title game didn't impact the final score, which was 45-7 in favor of New England. But the Pats narrowly beat the Ravens 35-31 in the Divisional Round the week before, so a bigger stink could be made about the outcome of that game seeing as how the score was so close.
Then again, there's still some debate about whether a team would truly benefit from deflated footballs. But the bottom line is that the Patriots have allegedly broken a league rule (perhaps in multiple games) and should face punishment by the NFL. New England will play Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX and are currently a 1-point favorite according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv.