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One of the Deflategate footballs to be auctioned

After LeGarrette Blount ran for a touchdown in the third quarter, Brandon LaFell (19) grabbed the football and handed it to a fan.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

After LeGarrette Blount ran for a touchdown in the third quarter, Brandon LaFell (19) grabbed the football and handed it to a fan.

One of the footballs from the Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game has been consigned to online auction house Lelands.com.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reported Laura Nichols and her husband Matt had seats in the first row of the end zone. They were handed the ball from Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell after running back LeGarrette Blount ran for a touchdown in the third quarter.

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“LaFell picked up the ball, I pointed at him, he pointed at me, and he handed me the ball,” Nichols said. “It was all so surreal.”

In the days following the game, the news came out that the Patriots may have deflated the footballs. Initially, it was believed backup footballs were used for the second half, but that was not the case. The NFL actually chose to inflate the footballs at halftime and kept using them.

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The couple soon realized it a had a Deflategate football, and eventually decided to put it up for auction.

The lowest bid allowed for the ball will be $25,000, as set by the auction company.

Andrew Mahoney can be reached at andrew.mahoney@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeMahoney.
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