When last we left Deflategate, the mystery over how 11 of 12 Patriots footballs wound up underinflated during the AFC championship, things were looking bleak. A jury of journalists and former quarterbacks had tried and convicted the hometown team, but then a funny thing happened: a plausible explanation appeared. 

Adam Reilly is a reporter for WGBH News. 

Joshua Benton is the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.

Dante Ramos is a columnist at the Boston Globe. 

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor at Northeastern University.