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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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      91%
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      9%

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

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      39%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,298,595)

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

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      30%
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      19%
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      17%
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      19%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 132,708)

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

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      47%
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      17%
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      17%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 185,471)

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

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      35%
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      20%
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      18%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 134,604)

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

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      45%
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      55%

    Discuss (Total votes: 132,534)

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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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    55%
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    45%

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

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      47%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,616,968)

  • Is Russell Wilson an elite quarterback?

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      41%
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      25%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 65,085)

  • Which unit is better?

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      43%
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      57%

    Discuss (Total votes: 63,257)

  • Who is the better coach?

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      71%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 154,843)

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

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      38%
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      62%

    Discuss (Total votes: 156,496)

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

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      34%
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      43%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 61,060)

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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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Patriots free agents: Take 'em or leave 'em

There are 10 players from the 2014 champion Patriots that will hit free agency in March, and that's not counting Darrelle Revis, who is technically under contract but carries a mammoth $25 million cap number. The Patriots will either need to renegotiate that or watch him walk away. We invite you to share your opinion as well in the polls below. Take into consideration the contract -- both in duration and compensation -- it would take to bring each player back as you cast your votes.

Your call on Revis?

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    97%
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    3%

Discuss (Total votes: 39,315)

  • Your call on McCourty?

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      97%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,824)

  • Your call on Vereen?

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      84%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,590)

  • Your call on Ridley?

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      14%
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      86%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,068)

  • Your call on Gostkowski?

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      95%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,180)

  • Your call on Connolly?

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      83%
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      17%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,612)

  • Your call on Ayers?

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      78%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,255)

  • Your call on Branch?

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      66%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,759)

  • Your call on Casillas?

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,409)

  • Your call on White?

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      34%
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      66%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,236)

  • Your call on Aiken?

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      29%
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      71%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,558)

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Thoughts on NFL's opening week?

The NFL is back! On the first Sunday, some teams (San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos) won as expected, others (New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots) suffered surprising defeats, and a few more (Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs) were downright demoralized. On Monday, the Detroit Lions grabbed the headlines by routing the New York Giants. What's your take on some of the major questions from Week 1 action?

More: Are the Seahawks poised to repeat?

  • Which team was most impressive in Week 1?

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      12%
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      22%
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      15%
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      40%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 67,599)

  • Which team's fans should be most worried after Week 1?

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      14%
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      46%
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      31%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 181,852)

  • How will the Lions fare this season if Calvin Johnson stays healthy?

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      35%
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      54%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,323)

  • Is Calvin Johnson the best player in the NFL?

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      50%
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      50%

    Discuss (Total votes: 439,949)

  • Should Antonio Brown be further punished for his kick of Browns punter Spencer Lanning on Sunday (he was penalized 15 yards)?

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      26%
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      32%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 103,334)

  • Is Tony Romo done as a quality starter in the NFL?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 94,223)

  • Will injuries hamper Jadeveon Clowney throughout his career?

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      64%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,803)

  • What do you make of the Colts' coming back from 24-0 down to lose 31-24 (with a possession to tie the game late in the fourth)?

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      55%
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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 60,968)

  • What do you make of the Titans' 26-10 win at the Chiefs on Sunday?

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      27%
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      48%
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      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,321)

  • What do you make of the Bills' 23-20 win at the Bears on Sunday?

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      31%
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      35%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,543)

  • What do you make of the Dolphins' 33-20 win over the Patriots on Sunday?

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      46%
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      23%
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      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,236)

  • What do you make of the Falcons' 37-34 overtime win over the Saints on Sunday?

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      50%
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      8%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,381)

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