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Secondary strength is huge for both Super Bowl teams. The Legion of Boom keeps it simple and plays fast, while there's nothing easy about Bill Belichick's back-end looks.
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The blueprint for creasing the Seahawks' top-ranked defense? The Cowboys drew it up in a Week 6 win. The Patriots need to win the line of scrimmage to win the Super Bowl.
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The Patriots have been a model of consistency during the Belichick regime, despite more misses than hits in the NFL Draft. And although New England has swung and missed quite a bit in the early rounds, when the Patriots hit, they've hit home runs
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Since inheriting a 5-11 club in 2010, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have completely overhauled the roster, making roughly 900 roster transactions. Sure, the trade for Marshawn Lynch and free agent signing of Michael Bennett were big. The lifeblood of these Seahawks, however, is through the annual NFL draft.
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At Super Bowl media day in 2014, Brandon Browner -- banned because of the NFL drug policy -- didn't know if or when he's play again. On Sunday, he starts at corner for the Patriots ... vs. Seattle.
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The Seahawks secondary looks more than a little like a boy band.
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Rob Gronkowski, Marshawn Lynch and two alpha corners have distinct advantages. One tossup: New England power back LeGarrette Blount against quick LB Bobby Wagner.
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Patriots corner Brandon Browner says Richard Sherman will be his best friend after the game. During the Super Bowl, Browner wants teammates to "try to break" Sherman's arm.
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A Revis-Ryan reunion? Fitzgerald playing for Todd Bowles' Jets? Off-season hires and old relationships often lead to free-agency deals and this summer will be no different.
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EA Sports ran a Madden 15 Super Bowl simulation and it features a photo finish for the Patriots.
 

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