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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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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
ULM 58 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58

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