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Monday (A Super Bowl with the two best teams) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football Updated: January 20, 2014 - 10:19 AM

We've been so accustomed to semi-fluky runs from lower NFL seeds that this year's Super Bowl matchup feels oddly strange.

In addition to the most amusing thing Seattle and Denver have in common -- they are the largest cities in the two states where recreational marijuana use is now legal -- they also happen to be the two teams in the NFL with the best records. And you could make the argument that they are the two very best teams because of those records and their accomplishments.

How rare is that? Well, it's only the second time in the last 20 years that the No. 1 seeds in both conferences are meeting in the Super Bowl. And a No. 1 seed in either conference has only won two Super Bowls since 2000.

So we have that great matchup, and we are assured of a top seed winning. How did we get there? Well, frankly, the Broncos pretty much dismantled the Patriots, who had been living on borrowed time all season. That wasn't too much of a surprise. The Seahawks/49ers game? Well, that second half was one for the ages, right down to Richard Sherman's game-saving deflection and post-game callout of Michael Crabtree.

Quick thought on Sherman: What did he do that was so wrong? Nothing. End of thought.

And Per R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, the line stands at Denver -2. Only four previous Super Bowls had spreads of less than a field goal.

What does this mean? Well, it means it should be a game for the ages. We all know it doesn't always work out that way in the Super Bowl, but we can hope.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle - LP: F. Rodney 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 3
Boston - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: L. Garcia 4
Kansas City - WP: D. Duffy 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: J. Williams 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - LP: D. Pomeranz 4 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Smith 5
Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 4
Los Angeles - LP: J. Howell 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: J. Machi 2
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 FINAL
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 136 FINAL
Minnesota 130
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 116 FINAL
Denver 112
LA Clippers 104 FINAL
Portland 110
Phoenix 104 FINAL
Sacramento 99
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 3 FINAL
Anaheim 4
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2





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