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Now for a moment of sports-related extreme cuteness: A Wisconsin-based household just got a new feline family member, and in true Kitten Bowl fashion gave it a football name.

Meet Ha Ha Kitten-Dix, who is named after Green Bay Packers first-round draft pick and former Alabama Crimson Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, according to the cat's new owner Stephanie Van Groll. Van Groll is also co-owner of a semi-pro football team called the Wisconsin Ravens. Kitten-Dix follows in a long line of pets named for Packers -- most recently the family's cat Jordy, named of course for Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.


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In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' thunderous win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, many are asking: Just how good was the Legion of Boom & Co., compared to history's best defenses? Answer yourself by clicking on the images below!

Best NFL Defenses Ever

1962 Packers

1962 Packers

230.0 YPG, 10.6 PPG, 3.57 TO/gm, won NFL title.

1969 Chiefs

1969 Chiefs

225.9 YPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.36 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1971 Vikings

1971 Vikings

243.3 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.21 TO/gm, won NFC Central.

1972 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

235.5 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, 14-0 regular season, won Super Bowl.

1975 Rams

1975 Rams

237.3 YPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.86 TO/gm, won NFC West.

1976 Steelers

1976 Steelers

237.6 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, won AFC Central.

1977 Falcons

1977 Falcons

231.6 YPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.43 TO/gm, 2nd in NFC West.

1985 Bears

1985 Bears

258.4 YPG, 12.4 PPG, 3.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1990 Giants

1990 Giants

262.9 YPG, 13.2 PPG, 2.13 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2000 Ravens

2000 Ravens

246.7 YPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.06 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2002 Buccaneers

2002 Buccaneers

252.8 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 2.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

273.6 YPG, 14.4 PPG, 2.44 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

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Percy HarvinJoe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsWhere do the Seahawks rank among the past 10 Super Bowl champions?

They didn't own the regular season; 13-3 is a fine record, sure, but not one for the history books. However, the way the Seattle Seahawks ended their campaign was something to behold. Basically dominating from the first play from scrimmage, Pete Carroll's team smashed the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, allowing them to join the list of NFL champions in style. Does this make them the best title winner from the past 10 seasons? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Rank: Past 10 Super Bowl Champs

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

13-3, beat Broncos 43-8

2012 Ravens

2012 Ravens

10-6, beat 49ers 34-31

2011 Giants

2011 Giants

9-7, beat Patriots 21-17

2010 Packers

2010 Packers

10-6, beat Steelers 31-25

2009 Saints

2009 Saints

13-3, beat Colts 31-17

2008 Steelers

2008 Steelers

12-4, beat Cardinals 27-23

2007 Giants

2007 Giants

10-6, beat Patriots 17-14

2006 Colts

2006 Colts

12-4, beat Bears 29-17

2005 Steelers

2005 Steelers

11-5, beat Seahawks 21-10

2004 Patriots

2004 Patriots

14-2, beat Eagles 24-21

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Saints, Niners prevail in NFC

The wild-card round of the 2013-14 NFL playoffs nearly belonged to all the road teams. In the AFC, the Chargers beat the host Bengals, while a furious rally was all that saved the home-standing Colts versus the Chiefs. In the NFC, there were no exceptions. Thanks to last-second field goals in both games, the Saints on Saturday tipped the Eagles, and the 49ers on Sunday braved bitter-cold conditions to take out the Packers. Does either NFC team have another road win in it?

Which win was most impressive?

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  • Which team will win Saturday's divisional playoff game at Seattle?

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This is a bit awkward. You're familiar with football, right? The hugely popular sport that, in both amateur and professional forms, essentially dominates the American sporting scene? That football? Well, the pro league is having a bit of trouble getting people to go to some of its playoff games. The Bengals and Packers still have thousands of tickets available for their home playoff games this weekend. The teams have been granted an extension to early Friday evening in order to avoid a television blackout in their home markets, which would be just a bit embarrassing. The Colts were in the same situation until a few hours ago, when the Meijer grocery store bought 1,200 tickets to ensure a sellout. Credit where credit is due, however: The Eagles, who are hosting a game against the Saints, seem to have no such issue selling tickets. Good job, Philadelphia fans.

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