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One week.

Bill Belichick: Patriots followed every rule to the letter -
Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a press conference on Saturday, saying that New England has "followed every rule to the letter" concerning football deflation allegations in the AFC title game.

Seattle, New England, and First-Team All-Pros at the same position
The Seahawks had three players named to the Associated Press’ first-team All-Pro roster: inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Earl Thomas, and cornerback Richard Sherman. The Patriots had two such players: tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quarterback Postseason Drive Stats
While many of us were swept away by Seattle's crazy comeback after Green Bay wasted incredible field position, the AFC Championship Game quietly produced an even bigger disparity in the distances that each offense had to travel. The Patriots started, on average, at their own 46.1-yard line, while the Colts started at their own 19.8 once we remove a kneeldown drive to end the first half. That always helps to fuel a rout. Stats like field position can add great context to an offense's performance.

Super Bowl XLIX - Why Russell Wilson looks like better version of early Tom Brady - ESPN
There was a time when Tom Brady's statistics were indistinguishable from the likes of Marc Bulger and Trent Green, let alone Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. This was years before an MVP season with 50 touchdown passes. If you saw an accolade for Brady back then, it was probably related to the New England Patriots winning games, independent of his performance.

Bill Belichick uses science, 'My Cousin Vinny' to explain Deflategate -
Six days after Deflategate took over America, Patriots coach and polymath Bill Belichick met with the media to share his findings from a week-long science experiment. It was something.

McCloughan looking for 'whole package' in possible Skins picks | Comcast SportsNet Washington
“You see the talent on tape, but [it’s important] to see the person, what really drives him and the passion and competitiveness, what they’ve overcome in their life, what’s the family situation like,” McCloughan told reporters in Mobile on Thursday. “It’s just building the whole package, and as we go through the draft process, you keep adding to it and keep adding to it, and the more you know a person individually, the better chance you have of being right when you draft him.”

Whitehurst Admits To Deflating Footballs
Charlie Whitehurst admits he has taken the air out of footballs in the past.

Belichick now has the ammunition to get his team ready to beat Seattle | ProFootballTalk
During an epic, unexpected, and entirely bizarre Saturday press conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was "embarrassed" to admit the amount of time he'd spent in recent days on football air pressure. In the end, it could be time well spent.

Belichick’s explanation invites scrutiny, analysis, testing | ProFootballTalk
By offering a detailed explanation of the things the Patriots do to prepare their footballs for games and the pressure changes that occur inside the bladders contained in those footballs, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has thrown down the gauntlet to anyone who would doubt his version of reality.

NFL warns Marshawn Lynch a crotch grab will cost 15 yards | ProFootballTalk
The NFL wants Lynch to know that officials will be on the lookout and ready to assess a 15-yard penalty if Lynch does it again. NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the Seahawks have been warned that if Lynch makes an obscene gesture at any time during Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Mayock: Danny Shelton in same category as Vince Wilfork -
NFL Media's Mike Mayock had high praise for Washington NT Danny Shelton after a good week at the Senior Bowl, comparing him to one Super Bowl winner at the nose-tackle position.

Mayock: Iowa's Carl Davis could be first-round pick in 2015 draft -
Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis was impressive during the Reese's Senior Bowl practice week, and according to Mike Mayock, he might have played his way into the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Seahawks’ pre-Super Bowl 2015 mock draft roundup - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks are just days away from leaving for their second Super Bowl appearance in as many years, but with their first-round slot narrowed to either No. 31 or 32 overall, there are plenty of folks who are already looking to May’s NFL draft.

Super Bowl weather looks to in the 70s, unlike last year | Sports | The Seattle Times'

No time to celebrate for Seahawks GM John Schneider | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
In what is becoming a tradition he’d surely love to continue, for the second consecutive year Seahawks general manager John Schneider met with local media at the end of Seattle’s bye week preparing for the Super Bowl. Both years it was his first time speaking with reporters since the previous spring.

Recreating Seahawks win in Madden game proves a tough task | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
I texted my friend, Curtis Crabtree, and pitched an idea: What if we played Madden 2015, the NFL video game, as many times as it took to pull off the comeback?

Seahawks heading to Arizona with healthy roster, game-plan finalized - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks prepared this week as though the Super Bowl were this Sunday, which means they'll leave for Arizona with only some fine-tuning remaining. And with some banged-up players returning to practice, they aren't taking any injury question marks with them. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks general manager John Schneider reflects on the past five years in Seattle
John Schneider recalls his first day as general manager of the Seattle Seahawks.

Landon Cohen happy to be parking himself in Seahawks’ line rotation
These Seahawks aren’t the same Seahawks who played in Super Bowl XLVIII, and defensive lineman Landon Cohen is just one of 15 new players who are preparing for next Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX matchup against the Patriots.

12s Going All-Out to Show Their All-In with Hawkitecture
All across the state, from Ferndale to Othello and beyond, fans inside buildings big and small are going all-out to demonstrate that when it comes to the Hawks, they’re All-In.

Marshawn Lynch vs. the Packers (25 carries, 157 yards, 1 TD)
It’s no secret that Marshawn Lynch is one of the best RBs in the NFL, and all of his attributes were on display during the Seahawks’ comeback against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Lynch and Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a top ranked rushing attack in 2014 that rushed for over 400 more yards than their closest competitors.

Seahawks' Kearse fined for throwing game-winning TD ball into crowd | FOX Sports
The wide receiver was so excited after winning the NFC championship game that he got a little carried away. It cost him.

In the beginning there were rough waters for the Seahawks - NY Daily News
The radio voice of the Seahawks was a rookie receiver, a bonus draft pick out of Georgia Tech, who made the team in its first season, 1976.

Boise Seahawks fan has Richard Sherman prosthetic leg
Boise Seahawks fan has Richard Sherman prosthetic leg

Seahawks success paying off old Kingdome debt
SEATTLE - The Seahawks have made a lot of people winners. That includes, Jim Kelly, the Executive Director of 4Culture, who was all smiles on

Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' latest of legendary nicknames
The Purple People Eaters, Doomsday Defense, Fearsome Foursome and Steel Curtain were other great monikers.

Earl Thomas injury: Seahawks safety expected to play in Super Bowl - NFL -
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas returned to practice on Friday after missing sessions on Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury.

Super Bowl 49's champ: Seahawks, barely: Analysts
New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks are evenly matched in this super bowl, based on an aggregation of sports prediction methods

12 things 12s need to know about the Seahawks' Super Bowl send-off
12 tips to support the Seahawks on their send off to Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks have no fear of Patriots | Boston Herald
There’s still much about the Patriots that shakes opponents before a game is ever played.

Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl -
Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since 2001.

49ers offensive coordinator candidate Lane Kiffin staying at Alabama - ESPN
Take “front-runner” Lane Kiffin off the San Francisco 49ers’ short list of offensive coordinator candidates.