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his Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl pairing fits in almost as many storylines as Richard Sherman has insightful/clever/inflammatory/ entertaining quotes. Wait, you don’t agree? What, “You mad, bro?” That’s what Sherman directed at New England quarterback Tom Brady on Oct. 14, 2012, after Seattle rallied from being down 23-10 with 8 minutes left. Two touchdown passes from a rookie third-round draft choice named Russell Wilson beat Brady and the AFC-champion Patriots, 24-23, in a Northwest downpour. That’s the last time these teams met heading into Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. But wait, there’s more. Much more: ■ The NFL finding the Patriots left 11 of 12 footballs they used in the rain during last week’s AFC championship game illegally under-inflated, apparently for better gripping and throwing, according to an ESPN report Jan. 20. ■ There are the Seahawks trying to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since . . . the 2003-04 Patriots. ■ Pete Carroll having coached the Patriots from 1997-99 to 10-6, 9-7 and 8-8 seasons; in the first two he reached the playoffs.

Introduction He and happy hoodie man Bill Belichick are the only two head coaches New England owner and influential NFL power broker Robert Kraft has hired. And they are the two most polar-opposite coaching personas in the sport, maybe any sport. “It was a real challenge. It’s a great place to be in sports — a great town, a great following, much like it is here,” Carroll said in Seattle last week of his time in and around Boston leading the Patriots. “Just tremendous support and all, really heartfelt. “It didn’t work out. We did some good stuff while we were there, but it didn’t work out. And time to move on. “All of a sudden I sound like Bill [Belichick].” Belichick, by the way, is 61. That’s two years younger than Carroll. ■ Wilson is attempting to equal Brady’s torrent of success so soon. This result could signal something of a changing of the NFL championship-QB guard. Wilson, 26, is trying to join the now-37-year-old Brady in winning two Super Bowls in his first three seasons as a starting quarterback. TURN

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Pairing: Classic matchup for Sunday’s game CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 ■ Wilson becoming the first quarterback to start two Super Bowls in his first three years in the league. ■ Revisiting Sherman’s feud with New England’s Darrelle Revis over who is the best NFL cornerback. That included this tweet from Sherman in February 2013: “So I have 8 picks 3 ff and a sack. My season stats looking like Revis career stats.” ■ Doug Baldwin having an international media contingent at which to spew a rant — rather than the mere national one that got an expletive-dotted earful about writing off and otherwise disrespecting the Seahawks before and during last week’s miraculous NFC championship game.

■ And we haven’t even mentioned Sherman having an elbow injury that left him unable to raise his arm throughout the NFC championship game’s fourth quarter. Or fellow Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas having his left shoulder separated from its socket during the win over the Packers. Or the keys to how Seattle or New England can win what many Nevada oddsmakers were calling a “pick ’em” Super Bowl after the conference championship games. (The Super Bowl has never kicked off as a “pick ’em” game — that being for recreational purposes only, of course). Sherman has been asked about beefing on Brady in his previous, and only, 2012 meeting with the Patriots a time or three

over the past few weeks. What does Carroll remember about that previous game against New England? “It was raining really hard. It was raining really hard. Tom Brady and somebody were yelling back and forth a little bit,” Carroll said, coyly. “Everybody was into it. It was a huge game. It felt like a championship game against a great team.” It was Wilson’s sixth career start — and the beginning of his reputation as a clutch rally maker. His 46-yard pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left won it. Wilson was 16 for 27 for 293 yards passing and a 133.7 passer rating that day. Brady was 36 of 58 for 395 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 79.3.

Bobby Wagner had 14 tackles while Thomas and Sherman had the interceptions of Brady in what became Seattle’s 11-5 regular season, before a wild-card playoff win at Washington and then a last-second divisionalround loss at Atlanta. That game with the Patriots was the day Sherman began getting noticed nationally for what he says as much as how he plays. He jawed with Brady during the game. Brady’s retort: looking at the scoreboard while leading 23-10 early in the fourth quarter. After Seattle rallied to win, Sherman thrust his mug at Brady, who was walking off CenturyLink Field with his head and eyes straight ahead toward the tunnel and the Patriots’ locker room.

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Soon after, Sherman tweeted a picture of him getting into Brady’s face postgame with the now famous “U MAD BRO?” that became a national catchphrase. “Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to [Brady], ‘Please keep trying me. I’m going to take it from you.’ That was when they were winning,” Sherman said in editions of The News Tribune of Tacoma the next day. “He just gave me that look and said, ‘Oh, I’ll see you after the game.’ Well, I made sure I saw him after the game.” Chances are, Sherman’s rhetoric before this Super Bowl won’t be nearly as heated as it was following that previous meeting with Brady and the Patriots. And if it isn’t, will you be mad, bro?


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ne of Russell Wilson’s favorite cliches, and there are many, is that he tries to be the calm in the storm. That has been a focus of his for so long that, when asked if he could every think of a time when the moment was too big for him — perhaps in high school or college — the Seattle Seahawks quarterback was at a loss to

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come up with a single example. “I hope not,” Wilson said. “I can’t really remember.” And while that is a really boring answer, it’s also a rather telling one about what has made Wilson so impressive through three seasons, and during this time of year in particular. “When you’re in those moments, you either live for them or you fall off,” Wilson said. “And for me, I look forward to those moments. I visualize myself ever since I was a little kid to be in these moments. I’ve visualized it being fourth-and-7 and visualized third downs and red zones.” While the thought of a gradeschool-aged Wilson picturing a random third-down situation sounds a little funny, whatever he did to get himself to this point allows him to be at his best when the stage is its biggest. While Wilson has played incredibly well throughout his three-year career, he has been even better in big moments. Following Seattle’s win over Carolina in the divisional round, Wilson said, “Sometimes, I think I’m meant for these situations.” That would sound rather braggadocios if not for the fact that it’s also rather accurate. “Like great competitors, these opportunities really bring out his

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lead to an athlete being described as clutch. There are some who argue that there’s no such thing as a “clutch gene” or whatever you want to call it, but Wilson’s postseason success seems to indicate otherwise.

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end zone that left his hand while Baldwin was still at the 10-yard line. It was a throw that took anticipation, and trust, which have become bigger parts of Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing game this season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a throw Wilson might not have made earlier in his career, or one he would have felt the need to buy more time in order to make. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he does [make that throw in the past], but I think it comes out a little bit later. I think he wants to see it more sometimes, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown in the aspect where he just lets it go,â&#x20AC;? Baldwin said.

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And what might be more significant for Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense heading into Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what Wilson has done in past playoff games, but what he has been doing over the past six or seven games. With the Seahawks putting an increased emphasis on the quick passing game, Wilson has, more than ever, been deadly as a quarterback who can make a pre-snap read, find a mismatch to exploit, then make a quick throw for a big play. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to buy time with his legs and connect on a big play when coverage breaks down will always be a big part of his game, but recently he is becoming a more complete pocket passer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a growth spurt again,â&#x20AC;? said offensive line coach/ assistant head coach Tom Cable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just his command of protections and putting people in the right place, using his hots the right way.â&#x20AC;? One example of Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s improved use of his hot reads came against the Panthers earlier this month. Russell noticed Carolina bringing pressure, which would require a quick throw, but would also leave Baldwin one-on-one with a safety in the middle of the field. With pressure bearing down on him, Wilson quickly floated a high pass into the middle of the

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Wilson goes to the head of the Class of 2012 BY WILLIAM C. RHODEN THE NEW YORK TIMES

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efore Muhammad Ali fought the imposing George Foreman in their Rumble in the Jungle in 1974, one of Ali’s trainers told him that there comes a point in every champion’s life when he has to go into the lion’s den and snatch the meat from the lion’s jaw. Ali upset Foreman, regaining the heavyweight title and securing his legend as one of the greatest champions of all time. On Jan. 18, Andrew Luck faced a similar challenge. The lion’s den was Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and the lion was Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for Luck, he and his Indianapolis Colts were devoured once again. It was a humbling end for Luck and the Colts, who won 11 games in the regular season and two more in the playoffs but lost 45-7. Afterward, down a corridor near the Colts’ locker room, Luck huddled with his father, Oliver, who tried to help his son put the defeat in perspective. After father and son said their goodbyes, I asked Oliver Luck what he had been thinking as he watched the game slip away. Luck smiled. His son had just dropped to 0-4 in his career against Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. A few hours earlier, Luck had caught the end of the breathtaking NFC championship game in Seattle. He had seen Russell Wilson, Seattle’s young quarterback, pick

Commentary himself and his team up off the canvas and deliver a knockout blow against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Wilson was a member of the illustrious quarterback class of 2012, along with Luck and Robert Griffin III. In the years since, the order — in terms of reverence — had always been Luck, who had been the first pick that year, and then Griffin, the No. 2 choice. Wilson, taken in the third round, was actually the sixth quarterback drafted, long after players like Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler. After an award-winning rookie year in Washington, D.C., ended in injury and a playoff loss, Griffin has endured two nightmarish seasons. In that time, Luck and Wilson have risen above the other picks from 2012. Luck, who stepped seamlessly into Peyton Manning’s shoes with the Colts, has generally been regarded more highly than Wilson, who has been marginalized as a game manager blessed with a great team around him. Even after Wilson led Seattle to a Super Bowl victory last year in his second season, he was rarely mentioned in the discussion of the league’s so-called elite quarterbacks. The Jan. 18 performance — forgettable for 58 minutes and then flawless when it mattered most — may not change that, since most observers are likely to point out that Green Bay

luck and a substantial amount of help from the opponent. Wilson and Seattle received both. He cut into the deficit first with a 1-yard Russell Wilson is 10-0 against these Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, touchdown from left: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning — run. and Tom Brady. Then he got a boost when defeated itself. back with the heroic, Paul BunGreen Bay, in quick succession, So it goes. yan-type accolades long reserved failed to field an onside kick; It has become a matter of for traditional drop-back passers allowed a long touchdown run by course for experts discussing the like Brady and Manning and, Marshawn Lynch; and then hierarchy of NFL quarterbacks to lately, Luck? failed to stop a 2-point converdraw up a list with some orderWilson, who led all passers in sion on a pass that could have ing of Brady, Manning, Rodgers, rushing yardage this season, is been intercepted. Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. marginalized as a running quarSeattle then won the overtime Luck, who plays half of his terback, even though in Seattle’s coin toss — that’s the luck — and games under a dome in ideal con- offense he often looks to pass Wilson soon hit Jermaine Kearse ditions, is routinely acknowlfirst, and his well-timed runs for a 35-yard touchdown that sent edged as the prince in waiting. usually emerge from that. Seattle back to the Super Bowl. But if Luck is the prince, what On Jan. 18, Wilson’s day In doing so, Wilson separated does that make Wilson? started a lot like Luck’s. In fact, himself from contemporaries like Wilson has as many Super it might have been worse. Luck. He had found a way to snatch Bowl rings as anyone on the While Luck has shown a tenthe meat from the lion’s jaw. above list except Brady. dency to throw interceptions (he For all the comparisons to Wilson is also 10-0 against had 16 in the regular season), Luck, Wilson has more in comSuper Bowl-winning quarterWilson (who had only seven) has mon with Brady. backs: 3-0 against Rodgers; 2-0 not. Yet he had three in the first Both were second-level draft against Brees and both Eli and half against the Packers and four picks who had to prove themPeyton Manning; and 1-0 against overall. selves. Each has the gift of leadBrady. While New England pumership and a knack for making Why has it been so difficult to meled the Colts with simple the right decision at the right change the Russell Wilson narra- arithmetic, Green Bay forced Wiltime. tive? Is it because, at 5 feet 11, son to take a succession of calcuWhen it comes to collecting he is considered small for the lus quizzes by dropping seven Super Bowl rings, Wilson has position? and sometimes eight defenders pulled even with the likes of Are his achievements all over- in coverage. Brees and Rodgers. shadowed by the Seahawks’ outFor most of the afternoon, WilHe can close the gap on Brady standing defense? son flunked those tests, but — this Sunday. Or is it perhaps because — unlike Luck — he was fortunate ________ even in 2015 — experts still find to have a defense that kept the it difficult to shower an undergame close. William C. Rhoden is an award-winning size African-American quarterAll comebacks require a bit of sports columnist for The New York Times. 511230590

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Commentary At 28 years of age, Lynch isn’t necessarily old, but he’s at the age where running backs may start to decline. With Lynch expected to count $8.5 million against the cap next year, there is some logic that suggests moving on from the running back now would be prudent to avoid overpaying a player who is not what he once was. The problem with that logic is, Lynch hasn’t shown any signs of decline. With Adrian Peterson sidelined, Lynch was arguably the best running back in the NFL this season. Le’Veon Bell and DeMarco Murray were both fantastic, but Lynch’s well-rounded skill set and consistency while working behind a relatively poor offensive line made him stand out once again. Against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game, the Seahawks turned to Lynch late when quarterback Russell Wilson was struggling to keep his composure. Needing two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks called up a play that was designed to put the ball in Lynch’s hands, but it wasn’t a run.

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43 TDs in 3 years A three-yard run where Lynch fought his way through two tackInstead, Lynch was going to lers followed before Wilson found be the primary receiving option his tight end for a first down over on a wheel route running out of the middle of the field. the backfield. From there, Lynch entered He began the play next to Wil- “Beast Mode.” son in the shotgun. Using Pro Football Focus’ As he had done for much of numbers, Lynch broke his own the first four quarters, Wilson playoff record against the Packfailed to be sharp on this play. ers on Jan. 18. He didn’t hit Lynch in stride, He broke 15 tackles in that instead forcing the running back game while gaining an 111 of his to extend slightly to catch a pass total 157 yards after contact. that was too close to the sideline. Over the past three years, Lynch made an impressive reception before sidestepping one Lynch has accounted for 992 regdefender and breaking the tackle ular-season touches. Those touches have gone for of another to get to the end zone. 5,032 yards and 43 touchdowns. The touchdown was taken He has averaged more than five away because Lynch had just yards every time he has touched stepped out of bounds after the ball during the past three adjusting to Wilson’s pass. regular seasons. He still made an impressive Over the Seahawks’ last three catch in space, something that postseason runs, Lynch has wasn’t always considered a accounted for 149 touches. strength of his, to convert a crucial 2nd-and-10. Those touches have gone for The running back followed 763 yards and seven touchdowns. that up with a five-yard run He has averaged more than 5.1 where he dragged defenders with yards per touch in that time. him downfield before Wilson ran If the Seahawks decide to in a touchdown. release him ahead of next season, The run came on a readthey will save $7 million. That’s a option play that saw the quarter- significant amount, but it won’t back keep the ball while Lynch replace his value to the team. ran toward the other side of the Regardless of how they do it, offensive line. the Seahawks simply have to Lynch’s presence opened up the hold onto Lynch for as long as opportunity for Wilson to score. they possibly can. Wilson opened the following ________ drive with a 15-yard run when THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Julius Peppers focused comCian Fahey is a freelance sportswriter pletely on Lynch in a similar sit- who writes for Fox Sports and the New Marshawn Lynch (24) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of uation. York Guardian, among others. the NFC championship game against Green Bay on Jan. 18. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

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efore he became the mythical dark-visored merchant of punishment, Kam Chancellor had to sit and watch. Before he could fly over opponents, and deliver hits that no longer merely left bruises, they “damage people’s souls,” he had to study at the knee of a master. Before he could intercept a pass in three consecutive playoff games, he had to rise above the scouting reports that said: “. . . Doesn’t possess the coverage skills, ball skills and instincts to be consistently relied upon against the pass.” In his fifth season, the Seahawks’ strong safety continues to secure his place in the pantheon of physical defenders, as well as the nightmares of NFL receivers. He dominated the Carolina Panthers so completely in the Seahawks’ divisional playoff win, coach Pete Carroll said, “I don’t know that a strong safety can have a better game than Kam had tonight . . . it was just an amazing football game.” It makes it hard to remember that, in 2010, he was such a raw prospect out of Virginia Tech that the Seahawks could get him with a fifth-round pick they got from Detroit in exchange for guard Rob Sims. That first season, Chancellor’s hunger for contact was sated

Legacy with extensive special teams duties, but when the defense was on the field, he had to stand on the sideline and watch how the Milloy position was played by veteran Lawyer Milloy. Milloy, the Tacoma native, Lincoln High grad and University of Washington All-American, was 37 years old and in his final season. He’d been to four Pro Bowls with the Patriots, and earned a reputation as a student of the game and a ferocious competitor. Pete Carroll was Milloy’s coach in New England for three seasons, and knew he’d be the perfect role model for the raw Chancellor. “That was an invaluable opportunity for him,” Carroll said of Chancellor being mentored by Milloy. He could learn, Carroll said, from Milloy’s “approach to the game, his toughness, that unbelievable competitiveness that Lawyer always had.” Carroll said he never saw Milloy back away from a challenge, a

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visitors flock each winter for the sole purpose of basking in the warm sun, and last year’s Super he Super Bowl location in Bowl took place in New Jersey sunny Arizona will present Seattle Seahawks and New Eng- with the temperature around 40 a dilemma for league offiland Patriots. degrees at kickoff. cials as they grapple with a quesBut the plan can change as But the occupants of the station that is faced by many pro the league gets a better read on dium and the other three NFL sports teams in an era of retract- the weather forecast for game teams with retractable-roof stadiable roofs: whether to play the night. ums actually play many more game with the stadium open or If there is a sign of inclement games indoors than with the roof closed. weather, the roof will be shut. open, even if their counterparts In the week before the Super The fact that the question is in cold-weather cities like BufBowl, the NFL said it plans to even up for debate may seem falo, Green Bay and Chicago get by in open-air facilities. keep the retractable roof open at strange given the location. The Cardinals did not play a The game will be played in a University of Phoenix Stadium place where tens of thousands of single game with the roof open for Sunday’s game between the this season, despite spectacular weather for some late-season games. Since the Cardinals’ stadium was built in 2006, the team has played 22 games with the roof CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Pro Bowl recognitions between open and 71 with it closed. them already. The need for retractable roofs At times, Chancellor’s reputaAsked about the pair before has played a role in recent public tion alone is enough to cause last year’s Super Bowl, gold-stan- debates over stadium projects, opponents to try to avoid his especially those relying on scarce dard safety Ronnie Lott comwhereabouts. public money. pared Chancellor to Seattle’s New Orleans tight end Jimmy five-time Pro Bowl safety Kenny A retractable roof typically Graham once made a blatant adds $25 million to $50 million to Easley. change of course, in the wrong “Chancellor is getting close to a domed stadium project, and it direction, just to avoid a Chancel- being in that community of typically costs a few thousand lor hit. dollars to open and close the greatness,” Lott said. Asked about his quick slide That’s high praise for a player structures each time, said Mark when he saw Chancellor nearing who was once rated only the 27th Waggoner, a structural engineer him one time, Rams quarterback who has had a hand in several best safety prospect in the 2010 Kellen Clemens said: “Kam pro sports stadiums. Chancellor, have mercy. Do not be draft. The roof dilemma for the AriClearly, he learned a lot more zona stadium is complicated by standing on the tracks when that from Milloy than a desire for freight train comes down the the vast swings in weather the primitive contact. tunnel.” Phoenix area sees over the “I don’t know what Kam Chancellor is half of the best course of the football season. safety tandem in the NFL, along would have been like without For the preseason and first [Milloy’s influence],” Carroll said. month of the season, temperawith his close friend Earl “I just know what he is now; Thomas. tures are in the unbearable range he’s a perfect strong safety, and Thomas is 25 years old and of 100 to 110 degrees, making it Lawyer was exactly that [too].” Chancellor 26. They have seven an easy call to close the roof. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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An aerial view of University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Glendale, Ariz., shows the roof open. By season’s end, the temperature can dip into the 50s. In the middle of the season, the temperature is fabulous but fans on one side of the arena complain that the setting sun is too bright. “For a quarter or more of the game you’re staring right in to the sun. And [fans] have frankly made us aware loud and clear that that’s not an optimal experience for them,” said Mark Dalton, vice president of media relations for the Cardinals. The Super Bowl host stadium has not only a retractable roof but a movable field that is the only one of its kind in the U.S. The field slides inside and outside with an intricate set of rails, motors and wheels. The natural-grass field is frequently voted by players around the league as their favorite playing surface, Dalton said. The field remains outside

about 350 days a year and is wheeled indoors for games, Dalton said. For the Super Bowl, the teams on the field aren’t the only ones affected by the roof decision. The halftime show relies on elaborate rigging and lighting that can be adversely affected by gusts of wind with the roof open, Waggoner said. For this year’s Super Bowl, NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora said the league is planning a show that can be “executed with a closed or open roof and will be prepared either way.” As for the fan experience, many believe the closed roof makes it louder inside and creates a powerful home-field advantage that was on full display this season when the Cardinals went 7-1 at home. The Cardinals are 12-10 at home with the roof open.

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Super Bowl supernotes “FROZEN” STAR IDINA Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off Sunday. The NFL said that John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. Menzel has had a top- Menzel Legend notch year, thanks to the success of “Frozen” and her worldwide hit, “Let It Go.” Her Broadway show “If/Then” closes on March 22. Legend, too, has had a career-highlighting year. His song “All of Me” was one of 2014’s biggest hits, and he recently won a Golden Globe for his song with rapper Common, “Glory,” from the film “Selma.” Pop star Katy Perry and rocker Lenny Kravitz will perform during halftime. In an interview for ESPN The Magazine, the pop star said she has some jitters about Perry headlining the Super Bowl halftime stage. “Honestly? I feel like I’ve outdreamt my dream,” she said. “I don’t get nervous about much, but I’ll definitely be a little tingly inside that day.”

Seattle] for the last three years. It’s a ew England Patriots cor- good feeling.” nerback Brandon This will Browner didn’t get his be Browner’s Super Bowl with the Seattle first Super Seahawks last season, but now Bowl appearhe’ll get one against them. ance but not Browner played with the his first chamSeahawks from 2011-13. HowBrowner pionship ever, he was suspended late last game. season for violation of the He was part of the Calgary league’s drug rules and didn’t Stampeders’ CFL Grey Cup play in Seattle’s 43-8 Super Bowl champions in 2008. That was win over Denver. after he had been signed and In March, he signed with the released by the Denver Broncos Patriots as an unrestricted free in 2006 and before he joined the agent, although still ineligible for Seahawks in 2011. the first four games of the past There, as an original member season. of the Legion of Boom, he tied a Once free to play, he moved into the New England lineup and Seattle record with interceptions in four consecutive games, set a ended the season with nine club single-season record with starts, 25 tackles, six passes 220 return yards and was named defended and one interception. After watching the Seahawks to the Pro Bowl. However, after starting all rally past Green Bay for the NFC 16 games in 2011, Browner’s championship Jan. 18, Browner playing time decreased to 12 started at right corner as the Patriots took the AFC champion- games in 2012 and eight in 2013. The Seahawks let him go after ship with a 45-7 pounding of the that season, but allowed him to Indianapolis Colts. participate in the team’s Super The winners will meet in Bowl victory celebrations. Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday at He owns a Seahawks Super University of Phoenix Stadium. “It means a lot,” Browner said. Bowl ring and said there are no hard feelings. “I missed the one last year. “Those are like my brothers “I’m fortunate to be back in over there,” he said. “Those are that thing the following year my best friends over there. But with a good football team. I’m trying to win. I’m headhunt“And the bond that I’ve built ing.” with these guys is like the bond that I built with them guys [in Browner said he foresaw this

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BILL VINOVICH WILL be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time. The NFL said Vinovich, umpire Bill Schuster, head linesman Dana McKenzie and back judge Terrence Miles will be working their first Super Bowl. The crew also includes line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Bob Waggoner and side judge Tom Hill. Mike Wimmer is the replay official and the assistant is Terry Poulos. Vinovich is in his ninth season as an NFL official. He was the referee for the Patriots-Baltimore playoff game when New England confused the Ravens with a formation using a running back as an ineligible receiver. The Associated Press

Super Bowl pairing from the day he switched teams. “It’s crazy, man,” he said. “I really had that vision when I signed here — hopefully meeting up with my old boys — and it worked up that way.” It almost didn’t. With the Patriots playing in the evening, Browner was able to keep an eye on the Seahawks’ NFC championship game and wondered if his old team could advance after falling behind Green Bay 16-0. “I didn’t think they were going to make it,” he said. “But it’s inevitable. I envisioned us two at the end of the day, and that’s what it panned out to be.” The Patriots had a much easier time, taking a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes and leading to the final wire. “We were ready,” Browner said. “Blood in the water; blood in the water.” Now that the Super Bowl pairing is set, Browner doubts that he has a lot of secrets about his former team that will do his current team much good. “I’d say a little bit, but very minimal,” he said. “Those guys over there, they’re not champions for no reason. They’re going to draw up a game plan; they’re going to have things for me. “They know my weaknesses. I’ll be ready for those guys, just like they’ll be ready for me.”

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o team in the NFL is given less benefit of the doubt than the New England Patriots. Retired players still fume over long-past Super Bowls they claim the Patriots won through acts of duplicity. Football stalwarts dream up nicknames for coach Bill Belichick, who Sunday will lead the Patriots into another Super Bowl — “Belicheat,” Don Shula called him. And big-time columnists continue to plunk down voluminous dispatches that enumerate the Patriots’ many alleged transgressions. These are the New England Patriots: the NFL’s least-trusted team. It now appears that designation is more warranted than ever. On Jan. 20, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, long the NFL’s go-to writer for scoops, reported that the NFL determined that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used during the Jan. 18 beat-down of the Indianapolis Colts were suspiciously deflated, raising questions as to how that happened and whether the Patriots had an unfair competitive advantage. According to Mortensen, the balls had 2 pounds per square inch less air pressure than what’s required by NFL regula-

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Home team: Seattle Away team: New England Record in previous Super Bowls: New England is 3-3; Seattle is 1-1 Last Super Bowl appearance: New England XLVI (21-17 loss to New York Giants); Seattle XLVIII (43-8 win over Denver Broncos) University of Phoenix Stadium fast facts: 63,400 seats, can expand to 74,000; 88 luxury lofts (three party lofts); 7,400 club seats; two 39,000-square-foot club lounges Player pay: Game winner, $97,000 each; game loser, $49,000 each TV commercials: Rate for a 30-second spot during Sunday’s Super Bowl game: $4.5 million. The numbers games: The NFL began using Roman numerals with Super Bowl V to prevent confusion between the calendar year of the regular season and when the Super Bowl is played. However, the 50th Super Bowl in 2016 will bear the Arabic numeral 50. Future Super Bowl locations: 2016, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.; 2017, Reliant Stadium, Houston; 2018, Vikings Stadium now under construction, Minneapolis Boston Globe

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Legitimately deflated are these official game balls for Super Bowl XLIX that await final assembly at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. plant in Ada, Ohio, on Jan. 20. tions, which would allow players to grip, throw and catch the ball with greater ease. “Under NFL rules, each team provides balls each game for use when its offense is on the field,” Mortensen noted. “The balls are inspected before the game by the officiating crew, then handled during the game by

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Trust: Reputation dates back long time CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 The Patriots are a squad that has long navigated a minefield of fines and scandals. “The Patriots are suspected of cutting so many corners, their home field should be an oval,” wrote Sports Illustrated columnist Michael Rosenberg. “It starts in the parking lot, extends to the locker room, goes right to the field of play, and makes opponents look all over Gillette Stadium, wondering what Belichick will pull next. . . . There is resentment of the Patriots in the NFL, and all the winning only partly explains it.” The Patriots are suspected of many misdeeds. Some have been proven. Others not. As Rosenberg explained, smart opposing coaches put locks on every entrance to their locker rooms when they’re visiting Gillette Stadium lest some wayward aide walk in and lift an illuminating document. “There are well-founded whispers in the NFL that the [Patriot] underlings who supply towels in the visiting locker rooms sometimes run back to the home locker room to share what they heard,” Rosenberg said. How accurate are these rumors? Who knows. But numerous coaches said they don’t trust how the Patriots go about their business — complaints that go back to the beginning of Belichick’s tenure as head coach in 2000.

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick holds the championship trophy after the AFC championship game in which the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. According to The New York Times, before even his first preseason game as a head coach, he came up with an idea that would eventually balloon into one of the biggest scandals to hit the league in the past decade: illicitly videotaping an opposing team’s signals. The practice would continue through the 2007 season, when

Belichick was caught and fined $500,000 — but not before his team racked up three Super Bowl victories and a postseason record of 12-2. It’s uncertain how much the practice, which violated league rules, benefited the Patriots. Under what some observers call suspicions circumstances, NFL Commissioner Roger

Goodell destroyed the evidence of what took the name “Spygate.” Belichick, for his part, claimed he had misunderstood the NFL rules. But that excuse struck other coaches as disingenuous. “The rules are very, very clear,” then-Tennessee Titans and now St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher told The New York Times in 2008. “There is no need to be more specific or clarify any rules whatsoever.” Whatever the cause — or the effect — some players allege the tactic may have tilted pivotal games in the Patriots’ favor. Among them is Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, who played — and lost — against the Patriots in the 2002 Super Bowl. He says there’s no way the Patriots could have known about some of the plays they ran — but they seemed to. “I’ll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl,” he told CSNNE.com last year. “We had some plays in the red zone that we hadn’t run. … And a couple of plays on third down that we walked through, also. … And they created a check for it. “It’s just little things like that. It’s either the best coaching in the world when you come up with situations that you had never seen before — or you’d seen it and knew what to do.” The Patriots’ reaction to such allegations has been to chuckle. Other teams are just grasping, the thinking goes. They’re just jealous.

Watch the game on your computer NBC WILL ALLOW viewers to watch 11 hours of Super Bowl coverage online for free, including the game and halftime show. The amount of programming being streamed is more than has been made available in previous online offerings. NBC was first to stream the Super Bowl, in 2012. NBC, which is a unit of the nation’s largest cable operator Comcast, typically requires online viewers of its shows to prove that they have have a subscription with a pay television service (cable or satellite). But by allowing online viewing of the most popular day of programing without proof of a subscription, NBC is hoping to encourage more viewers to sign up for cable service in the future. Last year it unveiled an app called TV Everywhere to try to capture more online viewers, and it will be promoting that offering for viewers watching the game online. The game will not be available for free on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Verizon has the mobile streaming rights to the game. CNNMoney

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t will be an old-school vs. new-age Super Bowl XLIX quarterback duel when Tom Brady, leader of the last dynasty, meets dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson. Three-time Super Bowl winner Brady is driven to win his fourth Super Bowl title after losing to the New York Giants in 2007 and 2011 in his bid to join boyhood idol San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Joe Montana and Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four Super Bowl rings. Wilson is out to become the first quarterback ever to win two Super Bowls in his first three years. Brady, 37, is considered the best quarterback of his genera-

tion. Wilson is the winningest quarterback ever through the first three seasons of his career. Both are driven by their draft slights, Brady as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2000 who uses his 199th overall selection as his motivational fuel to win more titles. Wilson was a third-round selection in 2012 out of Wisconsin. Brady remains a classic pocket passer who will use play action off LeGarrette Blount’s power running to spread the ball to match-up headache tight end Rob Gronkowski and receivers Julian Edleman and Brandon LaFell against Seattle’s No. 1 scoring defense.

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. TOM BRADY WAS selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Born: Aug. 3, 1977 (age 37), San Mateo, Calif. Education: University of Michigan Parents: Thomas Brady Sr., Galynn Patricia Brady Factoid: In Brady’s 13 seasons as a starter, he has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards and two league MVP awards.

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ilm sessions with the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary are sophisticated, highlevel football. Players at the team’s Renton training center study mannerisms of a wide receiver from the huddle to the line of scrimmage and deconstruct a quarterback’s hand signals. Then, a man named Rocky Seto pulls up videos he found on YouTube. The Seahawks’ defensive passing game coordinator mixes it up with the focus often on the team’s “6-inch punch” emphasis. A quick jab, a strike of any variety is showed on the screen. A video of Bruce Lee shocking a person backward. A kangaroo punching a man in the face. Then for a tip on tackling, Seto found a man wrestling an anaconda. “If he can wrestle an anaconda,” backup safety Jeron Johnson said, “you can take down a human being.” All the turnovers, all the textbook tackling has Seattle in the Super Bowl this Sunday. The self-titled Legion of Boom — just see the designed mats at the lockers of the training center — is different from any other

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Two of the Legion of Boom, Richard Sherman (25) and Kam Chancellor, react over a pick-6 scoring interception in an October game. secondary in the NFL. The quartet of Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell at cornerback and Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas at safety ranked No. 1 vs. the pass for a

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What allows Chancellor to lurk in the box — where he has His 24 interceptions rank No. 375 tackles, eight interceptions 3 all-time for a player in his first and five forced fumbles the past four years. four seasons — is a centerfielder Yet, from the left side of the — Thomas — in command. field, Sherman is often ignored As coach Pete Carroll by quarterbacks for three, four, explained last month, the five drives at a time. Seahawks lived with mistakes Off the line, he can stun-gun early. The Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom consists of, from receivers off track. Sherman “Earl gave up hundreds of left, cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell, maximizes his 5 yards of leeway yards trying to make plays,” Carand safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. better than any cornerback in roll said. the game. “Hundreds of yards trying to In the Super Bowl last year, Tolbert — generously listed at When the NFL made it clear make a break on the football, he deciphered Peyton Manning’s 245 pounds — takes the draw, to all 32 teams in training camp steal a ball and all that in his hand signals. curls up a wide alley and No. 31 that they’d be cracking down on early days. It’s comical to see how Seattle, as a team, knew blasts through him with a vicious crazy he was about trying to help illegal contact, the general conwhich routes Denver preferred shoulder. sensus was that Seattle (and us win in the wrong ways.” on which downs. “There’s certain things you Sherman) would suffer. Through the errors, Carroll By knowing what the wide don’t expect in this world, this Yet before the season began, said, Thomas gained “wisdom.” receiver is doing, thinking, Sher- league,” Maxwell said. Sherman said he was glad the “We see the same thing over man can make a play on the ball “Tolbert to get hit like that league emphasis was in place and over because we don’t if that ball is ever thrown his and crumbled basically. It was an change who we are as a defense,” “because it’ll give people less way. enjoyment to watch.” excuses.” Thomas now says, “so that actuSaid Johnson, “He watches Carolina settled for a fieldHe was right. Sherman was ally makes it easy on us preparagoal attempt and, on back-toflagged for one defensive holding unlimited amounts of film.” tion-wise because they can only Brandon Browner’s departure back tries, Chancellor leaped and one pass interference all seaattack us like this. We make it for New England last offseason over the offensive line. son. hard for a lot of teams.” never slowed this unit down. “It’s always been our emphaHe’s the true “boom” behind And on themselves. “It’s what we expect around sis,” Seahawks secondary coach the name. A “presence,” teamThe Seahawks defensive here,” Maxwell, Browner’s Legion mates repeat. Kris Richard said. backs have a self-imposed fine of Boom replacement, said. “So all the nonsense that Chancellor is revered as the system. “That’s the standard those comes from outside of this buildsoul of this secondary. He’s the Whenever someone makes a guys had way before I even got in one that answers the most ques- mistake — a dropped interceping really doesn’t matter to us. here. . . . It’s that level that forced tions on defense, the captain. We coach within the rules. We tion, speaking while a coach you to raise your game.” don’t coach people to hold, to His violent game shouldn’t be teaches, a missed assignment — Chancellor isn’t even in view cheat and illegal contact. confused with a menacing perthey add money to the pot. “We know we want to be up on the screen in the Seahawks’ At season’s end, they divvy it sonality. there, we know we want to be viewing room. up. They exchange dinner, gifts. Gray says he’s a “flip the aggressive. We know we want to On this third and 8 against Everyone repeats how tight they switch” player. get our hands on wide receivers. Carolina in the division playoffs, are. And when Chancellor and So we have to do everything that the strong safety creeps near the Thomas roomed together as rookFrom Sept. 12, 2010, to this they won’t call.” line of scrimmage, says someies at the hotel, Thomas thought Sunday, starting 89 of 89 games, Branding the brash Sherman thing to a slot cornerback, then Thomas now rarely takes a Chancellor was weird for watchas a loudmouth who simply mugs shoots back at least 12 yards off wrong step. ing “Family Guy.” receivers play-to-play would be the line of scrimmage. And Seattle’s secondary is They’ve been brutally honest incorrect. Panthers running back Mike now the most feared in the NFL. with each other since.

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Oldest Hawk finally makes the big game KEVIN WILLIAMS IS the elder statesman on the Super Bowl-bound Seahawks roster. He’s the oldest and longesttenured player, but after 11 seasons in Minnesota and only making Williams one NFC championship game with the Vikings, Williams is finally getting a trip to the title game. Williams’ role has changed significantly from when he signed with the Seahawks in the offseason. Williams was supposed to be part of a rotation at defensive tackle. That all changed when Brandon Mebane was lost for the season to a torn hamstring and Williams became Seattle’s option at nose tackle. It was an unfamiliar position, but a challenge Williams was willing to take on. And his improvement as a nose tackle, especially stopping the run, was evident on two key plays late in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s rally against Green Bay in the NFC championship game Jan. 18. The Associated Press

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