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NFL: Ref inspected footballs properly

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PHOENIX (AP) NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly.

Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday's Super Bowl.

As the league's investigation into the Patriots' use of under-inflated footballs moves along, Blandino made it clear the officiating crew for New England's win over Indianapolis did its job.

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Rank Name Receiving Yards
1 A. Brown1698
2 D. Thomas1619
3 J. Jones1593
4 J. Nelson1519
5 E. Sanders1404
6 T. Hilton1345
7 G. Tate1331
8 D. Bryant1320
9 J. Maclin1318
10 O. Beckham Jr.1305
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2t A. Brown13
2t J. Nelson13
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