There is no comparison in salaries between Russell Wilson and Teddy Bridgewater, the two quarterbacks in Sunday's game. Wilson, a Super Bowl winner already in only his fourth NFL season, is making $21.9 million this season after getting an $87.6 million extension over the summer, with $61 million guaranteed. He made an average of $750,000 the past two years. Bridgewater, in Year 2 of his rookie deal, is earning $1.4 million this season.

• After the loss to Seattle last month, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison was asked what makes Wilson so good. "He is quick, you have to be so in tune to which way he wants to escape," Robison said of the Seahawks star. "He makes moves and just goes with it. A lot of times, it is hard to contain a guy like that."

Jimmy Shapiro out of Las Vegas notes the Vikings have only been a home underdog in the postseason once, when they lost 26-14 to the Eagles in 2009 and failed to cover the spread as a three-point underdog. Also, Adrian Peterson has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry and is 1-3 straight up and 2-2 against the spread in his playoff career.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on staying motivated under coach Pete Carroll: "You have to get your players to respond. You have to keep them motivated. I've been in this system for six years. Some of the philosophy gets boring, but when it comes to games and what he brings to the table, it's always interesting."

Offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer is the lone player from Minnesota who will play in Monday's national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. The 6-2, 295-pound Alabama sophomore from East Ridge has played in seven games this season, including the semifinal rout of Michigan State.