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Super Bowl game balls to get enhanced inspections: officiating chief

The NFL's head of officiating said Thursday that officials inspected the footballs properly before the AFC championship game -- in which 11 of 12 New England Patriots' footballs were found to be underinflated -- and there will be enhanced inspections of the game balls before Super Bowl XLIX. "My major concern is did we follow proper protocol?" said Dean Blandino, the league's vice president of officiating. "Everything was properly tested and marked before the game. ... Officiating is not part of the investigation." Before a typical game, 12 balls per team are brought to the officials' locker room where they are tested to ensure they are properly inflated, then are stamped by the referee...

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