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The Day Before.

Seahawks' wheel route to be key vs. Patriots in Super Bowl 49 | The MMQB with Peter King
Heading into last year’s Super Bowl, we highlighted a staple slot wheel route play that Seattle likes to run for Doug Baldwin out of a three-receiver set. Sure enough, late in the first quarter of Super Bowl 48, Baldwin burned Champ Bailey for 37 yards on that exact play.

Darrell Bevell on the Chess Match with Belichick and Russell Wilson’s Unshakeable Confidence | The MMQB with Peter King
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Five reasons why the Seahawks will win Super Bowl XLIX |
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Super Bowl Champions and First Round Contributors
On offense, the Patriots have one player on the entire roster who was selected in the first round: tackle Nate Solder.  On defense, starters Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, and Vince Wilfork were chosen by New England in the first round. And let’s not forget Darrelle Revis, a first round pick of the Jets; those are five of the best players on New England’s defense right now.  The Patriots defense also features Jerod Mayo and Dominique Easley, two former first round picks now on injured reserve.

How to Stop Marshawn Lynch | Bleacher Report
Marshawn Lynch is coming. He's aiming straight for the heart of the Patriots defense. He's charging with full force, and New England can't hold a midgame press conference to slow him down. Lynch won't be stopped by interviews, warnings or fines—only brute force.

Carroll, Belichick disagree on whether the Super Bowl is "fun" | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed mutual respect at their joint press conference this morning, but they also showed what different men they are. That was true from the very beginning, when Carroll enthused at the start of the press conference about how much fun he was having, and then Belichick offered that he wouldn’t describe this week as "fun."

Las Vegas sports book takes "seven-figure wager" on Patriots | ProFootballTalk
You may very well like the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLIX.

NFL tempts fate with inability to handle scandals properly | ProFootballTalk
Over the years, the NFL's Commissioner has navigated plenty of difficult situations that could have tested the tenuous balance between the Commissioner's role as the overseer of the sport and his job as employee of the owners of the teams he oversees.

Belichick: Pete Carroll's teams 'compete relentlessly' -
The Friday before Super Bowl Sunday, opposing coaches Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll were in good spirits. The Patriots' coach had nothing but good things to say of his Seahawks' counterpart.

Roger Goodell: It's been a 'tough year' for NFL -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Friday at the end of a particularly difficult season. He had updates on a lot of key issues, while admitting it has been a "tough year" for the league.

Earl Thomas draws comparisons to Ed Reed, Polamalu -
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady praised Earl Thomas as a "phenomenal" playmaker this week. Find out why the Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro safety is drawing comparisons to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.

Packers release special teams coach Shawn Slocum -
The Packers made their first move following the botched onside kick recovery in the NFC Championship Game. Mike McCarthy announced the release of special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum on Friday.

Kam Chancellor (knee) injured in Seahawks practice -
Seattle's entire roster participated in Friday's tune-up, that is, until late in practice. Safety Kam Chancellor went down at the end of a play, needing help up and later, a wrap for his knee.

Snoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl -
PHOENIX (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn't just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it's also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop. Dogg, who got his career started on Suge Knight's Death Row Records label, was mum on the arrest of the former rap mogul on suspicion of killing a man in Compton by running over him with his truck.

McClain: Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses NFL’s myriad controversies, from Deflategate to domestic violence - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
In his annual state-of-the-NFL address on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed some of the league’s most serious issues, including the Deflategate controversy.

Garry Gilliam’s remarkable story, as told by the kids following him at the Milton Hershey School in Pa. | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
If you don’t find this adorable and inspiring, go back to bed and re-start your day.

Seahawks' Carroll, Patriots' Belichick share mutual respect | - Sports
The love-fest reached a humorous crescendo when Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joked with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick about the compensation New England had to send to the New York Jets in order to hire Belichick 15 years ago.

Seahawks Announce Former Safety Kenny Easley will serve as Honorary Captain for Super Bowl XLIX Coin Toss | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Straight from the team, here’s a press release on Kenny Easley being picked to serve as the honorary captain for the coin toss Sunday:

Seattle and Super Bowl could be a good match in near future | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Tourism officials believe the city is more ready than ever to host the big game, but several hurdles remain before they can make a bid.

12 Fun Facts About Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
Get to know Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ahead of Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots.

Underwear company backing Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch - ESPN
If Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch goes rogue on Sunday in the Super Bowl and decides do another lewd gesture after a touchdown, some good could come out it.

Biggest similarity for Wilson and Brady? Early success - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
There are more differences than similarities between Super Bowl quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, but where they match is their ability to win early in their careers. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris: Love via Seahawks shirt | Movies | The Seattle Times
"He was cast as my boyfriend ... and when I met him at the table read he was wearing a Seattle Seahawks shirt," Faris recalled. "I was all, ‘No way, I’m from Edmonds!’ He had planned the whole thing, which is romantic to me. He was like, ‘I’m gonna get her,’ and he got me."

Blue Friday in Hawkville: Pete Carroll continues to roll with everything that comes his way
The players’ media obligations during Super Bowl week ended on Thursday. But coaches Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick took center stage – literally – during Friday’s joint news conference and Carroll continued to show that he really is having fun.

The Patriots And Seahawks Are The Best. This Could Be The Worst Super Bowl Ever. | FiveThirtyEight
So what if the pregame story lines have been asinine and absurd? On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be among the most talented teams to take the field in the Super Bowl.

An Anonymous Seahawks Player Says The NFL Treats Players ‘Like Criminals'
An anonymous Seattle Seahawks player told ESPN on Thursday that when it comes to drug testing, the National Football League treats its players like "criminals."

Seahawks wide receivers have a message: Don't underestimate us | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Seahawks' top three receivers were undrafted, but they might be quite underrated.

If Seahawks' defense isn't best ever, it has seat at table | Chicago
The Seattle Seahawks have an opportunity to say they’ve punished the who’s who of NFL quarterbacks.

Vague Job Outline Leads to Defining Role With Seahawks -
Rocky Seto is the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive passing game coordinator. "Am I actually in charge of the pass game?" Seto said. "No."

Super Bowl 2015: Neil Graff’s Days With the Seahawks and Patriots Did Not Go Unnoticed -
Neil Graff, a financial adviser in Sioux Falls, S.D., was the starting quarterback for two Patriots games in 1975 and the first preseason game in Seahawks history, in 1976.

Cowlishaw: Why Wilson, Seahawks will spoil historic day for Brady, Belichick | Dallas Morning News
First head coach to lead his team into six Super Bowls since Don Shula. First quarterback to start six Super Bowls. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will achieve these historic feats in Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks Richard Sherman Faces Dilemma With Baby And Super Bowl
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected.

Super Bowl Bettor's Guide: Patriots vs. Seahawks - NY Daily News
The matchup reminds us of Super Bowl XLII when the Giants ended the Pats’ undefeated ambitions with suffocating defense.

Earl Thomas draws comparisons to Ed Reed, Polamalu -
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady praised Earl Thomas as a "phenomenal" playmaker this week. Find out why the Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro safety is drawing comparisons to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.

Seahawks injuries: Kam Chancellor new addition to report, listed as probable for Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor was a late addition to the team’s injury report this week, listed as limited in practice on Friday with a knee injury.

Bret Bielema says talks to coach Dolphins in 2012 broke down over Russell Wilson | ProFootballTalk
"They all looked at me like, ‘You can’t say that,'" Bielema said, via "That’s the difference between college and pro. He’s undersized. He can’t throw.’ I was like, ‘OK, all right,’ and I honestly, that day, kind of pulled myself out of it."

Best of Super Bowl coaches press conference
Find out what Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had to say in their final media appearances of the week during a joint press conference.

Seahawks, Patriots defensive line coaches talk Michael Sam & gay players - Outsports

Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Travis Jones, and his counterpart for the New England Patriots, Brendan Daly, both think Michael Sam or any gay player could be welcomed by the players and coaches on their Super Bowl teams.

Solidarity—and the Seattle Seahawks—Forever | The Nation

When I started writing about the intersection of sports and politics to 2003, a countless number of sentences started with two words: "if only". "If only" star athletes used their hyper-exalted-brought-to-you-by Nike platform to actually say something about the world instead of just trying to sell us more crap.

Super Bowl XLIX: Who Gets The Ring, Rob Ninkovich Or Cliff Avril? - Hammer and Rails

A former Boiler will get a ring Sunday night, but which one?