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The day before the day before.

Rob Gronkowski, K.J. Wright the key to Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl 49 | The MMQB with Peter King
TEMPE, Ariz. — Did Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright’s sly smile tell it all? I’ve got this theory about Super Bowl 49 that isn’t exactly breaking news: Rob Gronkowski is the key player. If he blows up, New England wins.

PHOTOS: Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown: "Mortal Kombat X" @
Official site of Team Coco & Conan O'Brien - watch Conan full episodes, get the latest news about Conan on TBS, watch Conan videos, Conan on the intertubes, fan sneak peeks, plus sundry worthless hilarity.

Seahawks assistant Tom Cable making winning strides with his team, and his perception | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

League has no record of PSI in Patriots' footballs -
The NFL has no proof, beyond referee Walt Anderson's word, of how much the Patriots' footballs were deflated.

Super Bowl 49: How John Schneider, Pete Carroll keep Seahawks winning -
The doors to John Schneider's office at the Seahawks Super Bowl compound are wide open, a light breeze drifting into the room. It's another fairly perfect day in the desert, though the view offered, of the hotel parking lot and the freeway just ahead, is less than spectacular.

Earl Thomas: I had blood test after shoulder recovery -
The Seahawks and Patriots have not had significant injury concerns heading into the Super Bowl this week. However, Earl Thomas thinks that he's getting extra attention for his speedy recovery.

Super Bowl XLIXperience: Thursday -
Our coverage of the Super Bowl XLIXperience continues with Katy Perry's epic halftime news conference in the Super Bowl Media Center. Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus has the video to prove it.

Finally, a Definitive Super Bowl Breakdown «
The Patriots and Seahawks aren’t built for one another. These are two teams built around dominant secondaries that were designed to target other opponents. These are defenses built to stop the Broncos,1 Colts, and Packers, teams with terrifying no. 1 wideouts who challenge mortal teams to stop them from throwing downfield on every single play. Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman are the two best cornerbacks in football and they will likely spend their Sunday evening covering Doug Baldwin and Brandon LaFell. That just seems wrong.

Forget the circus, Lynch ‘means everything' to Seahawks | - Sports
“He means everything to this offense,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “I don't know where we would be without Marshawn Lynch. He is the engine. He is the heart and soul of this offense. Everything runs through him. Despite what everyone wants to think, Marshawn Lynch is this offense. I don't know what else to say about that.”

Marshawn Lynch: “I don’t know what y’all are trying to get outta me…it don’t matter what y’all think” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

PHOENIX: Dave Boling: Seahawks’ old-school style would fit any era | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Pete Carroll’s approach with an aggressive defense and running the football have been a time-tested recipe for success in the NFL

PHOENIX: John McGrath: Dad-to-be Richard Sherman could consult Ken Norton Jr. on fatherhood | John McGrath | The News Tribune
Richard Sherman, who never has fielded a Super Bowl question he couldn’t answer, finally was flummoxed by a reporter Thursday. Asked if he’d abstain from playing Sunday to attend the birth of his son, the dependably chatty Seattle Seahawks star took what amounted to a verbal fair catch.

Richard Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis debate resurfaces | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The discussion about which cornerback is better cropped up again this week during Super Bowl media interviews.

12 key moments from the Seahawks’ season
The road that Seattle followed back to the Super Bowl featured a few unexpected detours and potholes before leading the Seahawks to the doorstep of NFL history. As the Seahawks attempt to become the eighth team to win consecutive Super Bowls, here’s a look back at some of the defining moments of the season. Somehow, we decided on 12, listed in reverse order of importance.

For Seahawks, title No. 2 would be sweeter because of the struggles en route | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
A second championship wouldn’t just signify greatness, enhance the Seahawks’ legacy and vault them into elite historical status. It would highlight their grit.

Painful ending with Patriots led to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reinventing himself | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
After getting fired, Carroll reflected and re-evaluated and honed his methods, figuring out what worked best and what needed to be refined. In a word — and this is Carroll’s word — he re-invented himself.

San Francisco 49ers welcome back personnel executive Tom Gamble - ESPN
While the San Francisco 49ers were apparently having a tougher-than-expected time finding coordinators for new coach Jim Tomsula’s staff, they apparently had little issue in the personnel department in luring back a familiar face.

Person of Interest: New England's Tom Brady - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a person of interest in Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle and New England. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Dad's dilemma: Sherman hopes son isn't born before Super Bowl - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'He's going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two,' Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joked about the possibility of his pregnant girlfriend giving birth to their first child during the Super Bowl. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Person of Interest: New England's Chandler Jones - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Patriots pass rusher Chandler Jones, a person of interest in Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle and New England. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Four things we learned from Richard Sherman & Michael Bennett's Thursday press conferences
Key takeaways from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett's Thursday press conferences.

Beware the Visor «
No one hits harder — or leaves a bigger impression — than the Seahawks’ thunderous strong safety, Kam Chancellor. Just ask a few of the men left in his wake.

Marshawn Lynch Taught Justin Forsett How To Drive
The two were such close friends in college that Lynch faked exhaustion to give Forsett a shot.

NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015
For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending.

The ‘draft offensive lineman’ angle | Seahawks Draft Blog
We’ll ramp up the draft stuff after Sunday — from tomorrow it’s Super Bowl talk. I’ve set up an interview with former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. The audio should be on here at some point in the morning.

Seahawks' Byron Maxwell excited to test free agency -
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell is excited to test free agency this offseason. Will Dan Quinn end up luring him to the Atlanta Falcons?

Three Seahawks at their third straight Super Bowl - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have three players who are going to their third consecutive Super Bowl -- fullback Will Tukuafu, wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs.

Seahawks' Darrell Bevell waiting for head-coaching shot
Seahawks offensive coordinator -- and Scottsdale Chaparral High grad -- Darrell Bevell has yet to rise above offensive coordinator. It's not for a lack of trying, though.

Bryan Walters: From Juanita HS to the Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks' punt returner had to travel a long way before finding his way back home with the Super Bowl champs.

Katy Perry texts with Russell Wilson, will root for Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
“I love the Seahawks because of Russell Wilson, so I think I’m gonna go for them on Sunday,” Perry said at a halftime-show press conference Thursday in Phoenix.

The Seahawks Show Just How Overrated First-Round Draft Picks Can Be - Business Insider
The Seattle Seahawks are one win away from their second straight Super Bowl championship and being crowned as a mini-dynasty.

Seahawks stars rant against NCAA - ABC News
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett both gave impassioned speeches Thursday about how student-athletes are unfairly maligned and how universities don't do enough for them.

Seahawks Fan Buzz: Marshawn Lynch on ‘Conan,' side of Expedia building | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Beast Mode speaks. We thought he was going to continue the one-phrase answers to the press Thursday, but Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch surprised everyone with a flurry of actual sentences. OK, it was only for two minutes, but it still counts. Read the transcript and see the video here. Want to see more...

Bruce Irvin sees Seahawks’ defense as one of the all-time greats | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin thinks Seattle's defense is one win away from establishing a legacy as one of the all-time greats. "I definitely feel like we’ll go out as one of the top defenses to ever play the NFL," Irvin said. "But, we got to win first.

Seattle Seahawks have found a way to use penalties to their advantage - ESPN
There's a team in Super Bowl XLIX that, for years, has created a major competitive advantage by blatantly disregarding NFL rules.

Pats are concerned about Wilson, but more focused on defending the field |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Marshawn Lynch: "Loud in what I do, and quiet in what I say." - NFL -
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch sits down with Sports Illustrated's Aaron Nagler to discuss what it was like growing up in Oakland and how it shaped him into who he is today.

NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy - Pro Football |
While Seattle Seahawks star running Marshawn Lynch has been mostly mum with the media during Super Bowl week, he agreed to sit down with to discuss topics off the field. In addition to this piece on his line of apparel, he also spoke about his upbringing in Oakland and critiqued the fashion of some of his teammates.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas: NFL tested me for HGH - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Seahawks' Thomas, Celtics' Bradley bond over defense | Comcast SportsNet -

Seattle Seahawks miffed over HGH tests - ESPN
Earl Thomas, who suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, posted an angry tweet about getting tested for HGH but declined to elaborate when asked.

Legion of Boom: What the Seattle Seahawks have in common with the last New England Patriots team to win a Super Bowl.
On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will try to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2003-2004 New England Patriots. There are many similarities between the last Patriots championship team and this Seahawks one, particularly between the early career arcs of quarterbacks Tom Brady and Russell...

50,000 computer simulations say Seahawks will beat Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The most likely score of Super Bowl XLIX, according to 50,000 computer simulations of Sunday’s big game? Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 20.

49 quick facts about Super Bowl XLIX: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots (slideshow) |
How much does the winning team get? How many Tweets are sent during the game? And lots more.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hopes baby waits to make debut until after Super Bowl - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was asked Thursday what he will do if his son is born on Super Bowl Sunday.

Katy Perry talks upcoming Super Bowl halftime show -
Katy Perry took the stage at the Phoenix Convention Center to discuss her upcoming halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIX. The singer assured "nothing in (her) performance will be deflated."

Blandino: NFL to talk expanded use of instant replay -
Head of officiating Dean Blandino discussed a variety of matters at a news conference Thursday, ranging from game balls to instant replay. Check out our biggest takeaways.

Deflate-gate triggers stat spat as analysts attempt to solve why Patriots don't fumble - Yahoo Sports
Maybe the smoking gun isn’t in a bathroom at Gillette Stadium. Maybe it’s in the laptop of a civil engineer in Washington, D.C.

Pete Carroll admits 'it's going to be a big challenge' sustaining success after Russell Wilson gets paid | - Seattle Sidelines
It's all but a forgone conclusion that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will sign a lucrative contract extension this offseason, and when that...

Which Washington Cities Are Home To The Most Enthusiastic Seahawks Fans? | Estately Blog

Could the Falcons scoop up LB Malcolm Smith in free agency? - The Falcoholic
The Seahawk linebacker and Super Bowl 48 MVP has been a useful cog in Dan Quinn's defense the last two years.

Seattle Seahawks secondary taught well by assistant coach Kris Richard | The MMQB with Peter King
PHOENIX — Ask any teacher of football what the best tangible evidence of good coaching is and he’ll tell you it’s when you see everyone in the same position group all play with the exact same mechanics and techniques.

The beauty of the bye: All Seahawks fully participate in practice 4 days before Super Bowl | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
It’s the beauty of the bye. All Seahawks were full participants in practice today at Arizona State University — including All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. He separated his shoulder in the NFC championship game on Jan. 18 and was limited in practices last week. But he and Richard Sherman have yet to miss a game in their NFL careers, and they are not about to miss the Super Bowl.

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman appear healthy in practice | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the team is “really fortunate to be this healthy” entering Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Brewer: Seahawks' Keys to Victory
What matchups must the Seahawks win to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX? The Seattle Times' Jerry Brewer and CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss from Glendale.

Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith maintains perspective on diminished role | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP is trending back toward obscurity, having barely played the past two months of the season — he got 25 snaps in Seattle’s last six regular-season games and has played just two in the playoffs.

The Earl Thomas paradox: Seahawks safety radiates love, grace and ferocity | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the most inscrutable of all Seahawks, and as Super Bowl XLIX approaches, his positive energy is almost blinding.

Super Bowl 49 Key Matchup: Tom Brady takes on Legion of Boom -
An all-time great quarterback takes on an all-time great defense.

LOOK: Diehard Seahawks fan gets a ridiculous Super Bowl tattoo -
This Seahawks fan couldn't wait until the day after the Super Bowl to get his "back-to-back champions" tattoo.

Lynch is already among the all-time great postseason runners | ProFootballTalk
Everyone is talking about Marshawn Lynch not talking this week. Which means no one is talking about what Lynch does best, which is run with the ball in his hands, particularly in the playoffs.

Pats could get Stork back for Super Bowl | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots won the AFC title without the services of center Bryan Stork, who has a knee problem.  Injured in the divisional round against the Ravens, Stork could be back for Super Bowl XLIX.

Darrell Bevell: Robert Turbin “understands his role” | ProFootballTalk
Some teams use a running back-by-committee approach.

How Patriots turn other teams' trash into treasure -
After four underwhelming years in Carolina, wideout Brandon LaFell broke out big time this season in New England. How do the Patriots do this over and over with players nobody else wants?

Why is the Seattle Seahawks' defense great? -
The Seattle Seahawks have led the NFL in scoring defense for thee consecutive seasons. Find out how the "Legion of Boom" has managed to become one of the most feared units in the league.

49ers expected to hire Geep Chryst as O-coordinator -
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire Geep Chryst as their offensive coordinator. Will he be able to upgrade Colin Kaepernick and the Niners' offense?

Back to the field: Takeaways from Wednesday -
Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn shined on the podium, while New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon was a tad bit salty to the Around The NFL team on Wednesday. Read their biggest takeaways.

Marshawn Lynch's Oakland ties reveal Seahawks star's spirit -
Want to know the real Marshawn Lynch? Michael Silver explores the running back's hometown -- and finds that the Seahawks star's extraordinary relationship with Oakland speaks volumes.

Seahawks recall key plays against Packers
Maybe the best illustration of why the Seattle Seahawks finished strong and the Green Bay Packers didn’t in the NFC Championship Game was the go-ahead touchdown running back Marshawn Lynch scored with 1 minute 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

LeGarrette Blount, Play-Action Pass Could Give Seahawks Fits | Bleacher Report
Edge runs, the bubble screen or concepts that test the speed (and discipline) of the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive front seven are a reflection of poor offensive game-planning.

Seahawks to Blount: We’re not immortal, just best ever | New York Post

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch will linger in spotlight long after Super Bowl - The Washington Post
Seahawks teammates highly supportive of the media-unfriendly running back but his future with the team has been called into question.

PHOENIX: For Kevin Williams, 12 years was worth the wait to play in Super Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson considers himself “blessed” to be in two Super Bowls in his first two NFL seasons. Imagine how Kevin Williams feels.

How Pete Carroll-John Schneider’s partnership spawned the Seahawks’ unique culture | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Pete Carroll’s vision drives the Seahawks’ organization and Schneider’s talent evaluation fuels it. They’ve created an place for individuals to thrive in the ultimate team concept.

Forget the circus, Lynch ‘means everything' to Seahawks | - Sports
Don't feel sorry for Marshawn Lynch as he's surrounded by a mob of reporters, many of them far more indignant about his silence than any grown man or woman ought to be.

Marshawn Lynch Can Be Himself on Pete Carroll’s Seahawks -
The ranch-style house where Pete Carroll grew up sits on a suburban cul-de-sac near San Francisco in Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. It was a gathering place for friends, with a pool table inside and football games out front. The door was always open.

In Paul Allen’s world, these are the glory days | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks owner Paul Allen, in the midst of his own winning streak, talks about his championship team, unique players and memories of his first Super Bowl win.