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Pittsburgh Underinflated Footballs a Giant Controversy

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up before Giants game. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
 

By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 12:59 PM

A would-be Pittsburgh Steelers underinflated footballs controversy lost some air after the NFL said all "officiating game ball procedures" were followed.

Fox Sports NFL analyst Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the New York Giants approached the NFL about the Pittsburgh Steelers using deflated footballs in last week's game which the Steelers won 24-14, and that the Giants tested two of the footballs after two interceptions allowed the balls to be taken to the sideline and tested.

According to the Giants, both of the footballs tested under the league standard PSI and the team informed the league office.

 

 

A source told NBC Sports Pro Football Talk that the balls from the Steelers measured at 11.4 and 11.8 PSI, under the league minimum of 12.5 PSI.

According to the New York Post, the Giants didn't file a formal complaint about the balls with the NFL and didn't send the balls to the league office for inspection.

"The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain-of-command issues," the NFL said in a statement on Sunday, noted the Post. "All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office."

"Look for the league to continue to say nothing, even if there's a reasonable explanation for the footballs being under 12.5 PSI," said Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

After the Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, coach Ben McAdoo appeared to back off the controversy, according to the Post.

"I don't really know anything about it," McAdoo said. "I just know that they said they felt a little … I don't know, the PSI’s were a little low, so they checked them and they just let me know they checked them."

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady served a four-game suspension this year after the Indianapolis Colts flagged an underinflated football during the 2014 AFC championship game won by the Patriots, noted USA Today.

Ted Wells, the NFL-appointed attorney, concluded that Brady was part of a "scheme" to intentionally deflate balls prior to the game, leading to a lengthy battle in federal court and then the suspension.

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