The NFL says the Giants never filed a formal complaint with the league office over allegations that the Steelers deflated footballs during a 24-14 Steelers win in Week 13 in Pittsburgh.
But Fox's Jay Glazer reported earlier Sunday that the Giants did report the Steelers to the NFL for allegedly deflating footballs.
Essentially, the Giants got a hold of two footballs being used in the games and checked them out on the sideline, where they came in under the normal PSI weight expected and required for NFL play.
"Last week the New York Giants got suspicious of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game so after two takeaways from the Steelers, the Giants actually tested two of the footballs on the sidelines to see if in fact they were, dare I used the d-word, deflated," Glazer said. "Two of the balls came in under [the PSI weight], so they sent them in to the National Football League. Still waiting on a response from the NFL."
The Giants, Glazer reported, have not heard back from the NFL about their concerns over the footballs. But everyone else has.
"The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain of command issues," an NFL spokesman said. "All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office."
The Steelers also told Glazer that if "anybody wants to test those footballs, we have no problem with that, we're not doing anything wrong."
In case you missed it over the past two years, the original Deflategate involved the Patriots allegedly using under-inflated footballs against the Colts in the 2014 AFC championship. Colts GM Ryan Grigson turned in the Pats to the NFL for using lighter footballs and after two years of pricey investigations, Congressional hearings and Mona Lisa Vito references, Tom Brady served a four-game suspension imposed by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Don't bank on that being the outcome here, but expect plenty of noise surrounding this report from Glazer, given all the attention paid to the Patriots over the course of the original Deflategate. One interesting point here is the close nature, as Glazer noted, of the two franchises and the families, the Rooneys and Maras, that own them.
Most sequels are usually worse than the original movie, but it's pretty hard to imagine anything being more miserable than the original Delategate.