Police had to rush forgotten footballs, air gauges to Patriots game

bostonglobe.com – By Travis AndersenMaybe they wilted under postseason pressure. The referees who worked the NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday at Gillette Stadium forgot to bring a few tools of their trade, namely, the footballs used during kicks and the gauges that measure air pressure in the balls, State Police said.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said the mistake came to light at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when league officials contacted the Hyatt at Logan International Airport, where the officiating crew had stayed, and alerted the hotel that the items were left behind.

A Hyatt employee recovered the footballs and gauges, and a worker and State Police Detective Lieutenant Thomas Coffey drove the items to Gillette, where they arrived about an hour before the 4:35 p.m. kickoff, Procopio said.

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