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The teams have been determined for Super Bowl XLIX. In this sports league that prides itself on parity, the opponents include two teams with significant familiarity in the big game.

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MMQB: Seattle Seahawks stun Packers, head to Super Bowl XLIX to see Patriots
In an instant, the Seahawks went from down 12 with under three minutes left to wildly celebrating another Super Bowl trip. Here's a closer look at how Seattle stunned the Pack. Plus, the Pats rout Indy, coaching and draft buzz and more.

WSU Names Roy Manning Outside Linebackers Coach
Manning is a former Bengals linebacker and Bearcats running backs coach. "Roy is an outstanding technical coach, a passionate recruiter and a great person who loves football," said Leach. "He will be great for our players and our program."

Civil rights group closely allied with the NFL calls for the Redskins to change its name
The influential Fritz Pollard Alliance issued its name-change appeal on MLK Day for maximum impact. After failing for months to persuade Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to meet with Native Americans opposed to the team’s name, a prominent civil rights organization that works closely with the National Football League is calling for the moniker to change.

Seattle Seahawks stay strong and let Green Packers hand them Super Bowl berth
The defending champs did 'go and get' a victory on Sunday, but it's the Packers that allowed that to happen.

Andrew Luck, Colts still can't keep pace with Patriots
In one of their first full squad meetings of the 2014 season, inside a meeting room at Anderson University in rural Indiana, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was blunt with his players about his expectations.

Championship Sunday hot reads: Take it easy on Mike McCarthy
Don't blame Packers coach for botched on-side kick (and other snap observations from championship Sunday).

Last time Seattle’s punter threw a TD pass? In a Regina school yard, in about sixth grade
"That’s the first time I’ve seen him throw a touchdown pass since recess in maybe the sixth grade," Ryan’s younger brother Steve, a 30-year-old mortgage broker in Regina, said at his brother’s locker-room stall.

Russell Wilson Goes from Horrid to Hero as Seahawks Unite to Reach Super Bowl
A nightmare day for a quarterback, followed by two perfect throws. Two gorgeous throws to history. Two gorgeous throws to a Super Bowl.

First look: Seven things to watch in Super Bowl XLIX
The Seahawks will head to Arizona in two weeks with a chance to become the NFL's first back-to-back Super Bowl champion since 2005. It's fitting the team standing in their way is the Patriots, who are the last franchise to repeat as Lombardi winners.

Source tells Bob Kravitz that Patriots may have deflated football
A deflated football would be easier to throw and catch in poor weather conditions than a properly inflated ball. A source within the NFL tells's Bob Kravitz that the league is investigating the possibility that the Patriots deflated footballs in their 45-7 win over the Colts Sunday night. The source told Kravitz that officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it.

Four Times the #1 Pick Was Traded
The Buccaneers own the first overall pick in the 2015 draft…Is there anything to be learned from the last four teams who chose to trade out of that top spot, including the '01 Chargers and the '97 Jets?