In a pre-Super Bowl press conference with NFL Football Operations Thursday, Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino dropped a bombshell, telling reporters the air pressure of the balls used in the Jan. 18 AFC Championship game were not logged.
Last note: Blandino said the footballs were not "logged" during the pre-game check, and that will be discussed moving forward— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) January 29, 2015
Also taking part in the press conference were Super Bowl XLIX referee Bill Vinovich and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.
Following the press conference, one media member suggested the NFL would have a tough time proving a case against the Patriots without records of pre-game air pressure.
After listening to Dean Blandino today, I've decided the NFL is going to have a hell of a time penalizing the Patriots. Too many gray areas.— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) January 29, 2015
According to the Boston Herald, Vinovich and Blandino at one point disagreed on how the referees would handle receiver eligibility, which became a hot topic after Bill Belichick’s so-called deception in the team’s Jan. 10 divisional round win over Baltimore. Vinovich apparently believed it was the referee’s duty to tell teams not to cover an ineligible receiver, which Blandino refuted.