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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Preview

Two teams. One game. It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 2, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII (6:25 PM ET, FOX) at MetLife Stadium in the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl.

For only the second time in the past 20 seasons, the game will feature the No. 1 seed in each conference (Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis in the 2009 season).

“It doesn’t happen like this too often when both No. 1 seeds make it,” says Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN. “It’s a testament to the hard work of both teams and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic game.”

Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the NFL’s top offense (Denver) against the league’s best defense (Seattle).

“We wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Sherman. “They’re an unbelievable record-setting offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback (PEYTON MANNING). That’s as tough as it gets. The No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense.”

The Broncos led the NFL with 606 points scored while the Seahawks allowed a league-low 231 points. Since the 1970 merger, this is only the fifth Super Bowl – and first since 1990 (Super Bowl XXV) – in which the league’s highest-scoring team faced the club that allowed the fewest points.

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Pro Bowl Draft Selections – Day 1

– Alumni Captains Jerry Rice & Deion Sanders Make Day 1 Draft Selections –

The initial draft selections for the 2014 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the alumni team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS.

Rice won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose New Orleans Saints QB DREW BREES and St. Louis Rams DE ROBERT QUINN, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Rice.

The other selections made by Team Rice on Tuesday were Dallas Cowboys DT JASON HATCHER, Buffalo Bills DT MARCELL DAREUS, Buffalo Bills DT KYLE WILLIAMS, New Orleans Saints G JAHRI EVANS, New Orleans Saints G BEN GRUBBS, Philadelphia Eagles G EVAN MATHIS, Carolina Panthers C RYAN KALIL, N.Y. Jets C NICK MANGOLD, Carolina Panthers FB MIKE TOLBERT, Arizona Cardinals ST JUSTIN BETHEL, St. Louis Rams P JOHNNY HEKKER and Indianapolis Colts LS MATT OVERTON.

Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES and Houston Texans DE J.J. WATT joined Team Sanders as the active player captains, with Team Sanders also being awarded the top pick in the draft on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The selections made by Team Sanders on Tuesday were Detroit Lions DT NDAMUKONG SUH, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT GERALD McCOY, Kansas City Chiefs DT DONTARI POE, Baltimore Ravens G MARSHAL YANDA, New England Patriots G LOGAN MANKINS, Chicago Bears G KYLE LONG, Miami Dolphins C MIKE POUNCEY, Cleveland Browns C ALEX MACK, Oakland Raiders FB MARCEL REECE, New England Patriots ST MATTHEW SLATER, Miami Dolphins P BRANDON FIELDS and Carolina Panthers LS J.J. JANSEN.

The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will continue with 60 players still to be selected during a nationally televised three-hour primetime broadcast on NFL Network at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 22. Players selected on Tuesday will kick off Wednesday night’s live primetime draft show by walking the red carpet. Taped elements of Tuesday’s draft process also will be featured.

The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft is being held in Kapolei, Hawaii on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show.

The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live on Sunday, January 26, on NBC at 7:00 PM ET.

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NFL Stars Take Center Stage in New-And-Improved Pro Bowl

– New “Unconferenced” Pro Bowl Format Culminates with Stars Being Realigned on Pro Bowl Draft Show on NFL Network –

The 2014 Pro Bowl, featuring a significantly revised format, will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

For the first time, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules have been changed for added excitement. Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on January 21-22 with primetime broadcasts on NFL Network on Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM ET) and Wednesday (8:00-11:00 PM ET).

Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains for the Pro Bowl squads and have final say over draft decisions. The NFL legends will each be assisted by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion in the draft process.

The Pro Bowl Draft will be held in Kapolei, HI on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show. On Tuesday, January 21, 22 players (11 per team) will be drafted from certain position groups – guards, centers, fullbacks, interior defensive linemen, punters and special teamers. The remaining players will be drafted on Wednesday during NFL Network’s live broadcast.

Fans can follow along with every pick of the Pro Bowl Draft in an exclusive second screen experience at www.NFL.com/probowl. Browse selected Pro Bowl players, view up-to-the-minute team rosters and weigh in on who should be the next pick. Post-draft, an interactive depth chart will preview all of the best matchups leading up to game day.

The 44-man teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 18 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper.  Team Sanders will be led by CHUCK PAGANO and the coaches from the Indianapolis Colts while RON RIVERA and the Carolina Panthers’ coaching staff will guide the Team Rice Pro Bowl squad.

The NFL is the only professional sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players in determining its All-Star teams. The consensus vote of each group counts one-third towards the total. Each team submits two ballots – those of the coach and the players with no one permitted to vote for a player on his own team. This year, more than 100 million fan votes were cast on NFL.com and mobile devices.

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Photo Opportunity: Super Bowl XLVIII Team Arrivals

WHAT:                        The Super Bowl XLVIII participating teams – the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks – will be arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport on charter planes. A special media event, which will be limited to photography only, has been arranged and accommodated by The Port Authority of NY & NJ. No interviews will be available at the airport. Both head coaches and select players will be available for interviews at the team hotel upon arrival.

SECURITY:                All media will be security-screened and escorted to the photo area. Media must arrive 90 minutes prior to the flight arrivals and possess either a Super Bowl XLVIII media credential or media outlet employee identification. For screening purposes, a valid government ID is required.

WHERE:                     United Airlines Maintenance Hangar 54 at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Parking for this event has been arranged at Building 332, located at the north end of the field. Once parked, all media personnel will be screened and transported by bus to the United Airlines Maintenance Hangar 54.

MEDIA TRUCK

PARKING:                 Arrangements have been made to accommodate live media vans and satellite trucks within the restricted parking area of the hangar. Access to this area will be provided thru Guard Post Juliet, adjacent to Building 1. Notification of media truck parking must be made with Port Authority Media Relations in advance at 212.435.6920. All airside requests will be honored upon availability. All vehicles will be screened and escorted to the hangar by Port Authority Operations.

Media must remain on the photo platforms erected within the hangar.

WHEN:                       Denver Broncos Team Arrival, 3:30 pm EST.

Seattle Seahawks Team Arrival, 7:00 pm EST.

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Super Bowl XLVIII Team Media Availability Schedule

The Super Bowl XLVIII media availability schedule for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks, beginning on Sunday, January 26, 2014, is as follows:

Sunday, January 26 (all times ET)

3:30 pm (approx.)     Arrival of Denver Broncos charter at Newark Liberty International Airport (photo opportunity).

5:00 pm (approx.)     Denver Broncos – Media availability with head coach John Fox, followed by quarterback Peyton Manning and other team captains on board the Cornucopia Majesty ship, docked at the Hyatt Jersey City.

7:00 pm (approx.)     Arrival of Seattle Seahawks charter at Newark Liberty International Airport (photo opportunity).

8:00 pm (approx.)     Seattle Seahawks – Media availability with head coach Pete Carroll, followed by quarterback Russell Wilson and four-six players at the Westin Jersey City.

Monday, January 27

1:00 pm                      Denver Broncos – Media availability with head coach John Fox and six players on board the Cornucopia Majesty ship, docked at the Hyatt Jersey City.

2:30 pm                      Seattle Seahawks – Media availability with head coach Pete Carroll and four-six players at the Westin Jersey City.

Tuesday, January 28 – Media Day at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

10:30–11:30 am       Denver Broncos

12:45–1:45 pm          Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday, January 29

8:00–9:15 am            Denver Broncos – Media availability with head coach John Fox and assistant coaches and players on board the Cornucopia Majesty ship, docked at the Hyatt Jersey City.

10:15–11:30 am       Seattle Seahawks – Media availability with head coach Pete Carroll and assistant coaches and players at the Westin Jersey City.

Thursday, January 30

8:00–9:15 am            Denver Broncos – Media availability with head coach John Fox and assistant coaches and players on board the Cornucopia Majesty ship, docked at the Hyatt Jersey City.

10:15–11:30 am       Seattle Seahawks – Media availability with head coach Pete Carroll and assistant coaches and players at the Westin Jersey City.

Friday, January 31

8:30 am                      JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at the Rose Theater, New York

Monday, February 3

8:30 am                      Winning Team – Press conference with head coach and Super Bowl MVP at the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center, Sheraton New York Times Square.

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Championship Weekend What To Look For – A Look Back

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Thomas Davis, Jay Feely, Charles Tillman Named Finalists For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year Award

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WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED AT NFL HONORS BEFORE SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Three community-minded NFL players will be recognized during Super Bowl week as finalists for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, it was announced today. THOMAS DAVIS of the Carolina Panthers, JAY FEELY of the Arizona Cardinals and CHARLES TILLMAN of the Chicago Bears are the top candidates for this year’s award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

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98 Players Granted Special Eligibility for 2014 NFL Draft

The National Football League announced today the names of 98 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10 in New York.

Each of the 98 players has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.  The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9.  Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 10.

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Officiating Video

The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL.

It can be accessed by clicking on the link below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

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The video, narrated by Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, reviews plays from Divisional weekend.

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Drew Brees, Jamaal Charles, Robert Quinn & J.J Watt Named 2014 Pro Bowl Captains

– New “Unconferenced” Pro Bowl Format Culminates with Stars Being Realigned in Pro Bowl Draft on NFL Network on January 21-22 –

The active player captains for the 2014 Pro Bowl will be QB DREW BREES, RB JAMAAL CHARLES, DE ROBERT QUINN and DE J.J. WATT, the NFL announced today. Brees and Quinn will be paired together, while Watt and Charles will work as a duo.

These four captains, which are comprised of the top two leading vote getters on offense and defense from the teams that did not advance to the conference championship round, will help determine rosters for Team Rice and Team Sanders during the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft on January 21-22.

Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains for the Pro Bowl squads and have final say over draft decisions. The NFL legends will each be assisted by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion in the draft process.

To determine which team owns the first selection in the Pro Bowl Draft and how the alumni captains will be paired with active player captains, there will be a coin toss on Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014.

The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on January 21-22 with primetime broadcasts on NFL Network on Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM ET) and Wednesday (8:00-11:00 PM ET).

The Pro Bowl Draft will be held in Kapolei, HI on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show.

The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live on Sunday, January 26 on NBC at 7:00 PM ET.

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