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Patriots win; did Seahawks blow it?

The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, but it was no easy feat. The Seattle Seahawks led 24-14 in the fourth quarter, then had a second-and-goal at the 1-yard line trailing 28-24. But a questionable play call -- pass instead of run -- kept the defending champs from repeating. What do you make of the big game?

  • Would Marshawn Lynch have scored the go-ahead TD if given three chances from the 1-yard line?

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  • Which statement better reflects how you feel about Super Bowl XLIX?

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  • Where does XLIX rank among the best Super Bowls you've ever seen?

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  • Where does Tom Brady rank among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history?

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  • Where does Bill Belichick rank among the best coaches in NFL history?

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  • Which team is more likely to return to the Super Bowl next season?

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Patriots or Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX?

Super Bowl XLIX is just days away, and so-called "Deflategate" still is dominating the talk surrounding the game. No matter what, though, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will square off Sunday in Glendale, Arizona, with each team attempting to add to its legacy. The Seahawks are aiming for the first NFL repeat since ... New England, which won its second and third titles under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in 2003 and 2004. Will it happen again, or will the legendary coach/QB combo get its elusive fourth ring?

Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl?

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  • Is Russell Wilson an elite quarterback?

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  • Which unit is better?

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  • Who is the better coach?

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  • If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, will you look at their championship differently because of the underinflated footballs situation?

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  • If Tom Brady wins another Super Bowl, where will he rank among the best quarterbacks of all time?

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Shortly after Bill Belichick and Tom Brady denied any knowledge of the New England Patriots' underinflated footballs from the AFC Championship Game, we asked SportsNation: Do you believe the coach and the quarterback?

The early response:

However, this poll was placed primarily on ESPNBoston.com, meaning only a few cynics from Nebraska could overcome the wave of support from the Patriots' national following.

When the poll went wide, though? Things changed everywhere ... except one certain region of the country.

Haven't voted yet? Now's your chance -- no matter where you are.

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Statistically, two is not a trend. But we're calling it anyway:

2014 is the Year of the Jump-Kick.

First there was Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers planting a foot on the face mask of Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning (which, admittedly, drew a fine):

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On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Boykin (perhaps) one-upped Brown by getting a leg to the ball before Chicago Bears punter Pat O'Donnell could kick it:

Jarrett Boykin and Pat O'DonnellAP Images/Morry Gash

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Big days for Ben and Brady

Sunday was a big day for multiple Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks from the AFC. Tom Brady went 30-for-35 with 354 yards and five touchdowns in the New England Patriots' 51-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Ben Roethlisberger had an even more memorable day, becoming the first QB in NFL history to notch a second 500-yard passing game (he went 40-for-49 with 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts). Not bad for a pair of players whose teams were considered done just weeks ago.

  • Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Are the Steelers legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Is Tom Brady done as an elite quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback right now?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Are the Colts legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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