Greg, Steve and Chris discuss the weeks leading up to the SB and if the Pats could be distracted. Chris talks about the week of good practice the Pats had, something Wilfork says did NOT occur the last couple times they played on the final weekend of the year. The guys discuss the experience factor and how even though Seattle won last year, the Pats have been there before as well.

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[0:02:02] ... unscrupulous things soul was opiate that. A model for all the the Atlanta Falcons as well and throw them into the pot as well. I'd mentioned Bryant store in and Chris Hewitt brought him up as well to both you guys. When he went down against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional game somewhat. Three weeks ago now. Did you think he was done I mean just just based on and ...
[0:05:26] ... offensive line earlier in the season and it was lacking certainly when Logan Mankins was traded away that Tampa yeah I think it it was funny on Twitter today. We we've. We we've had a chance ...
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The stage is set for the Patriots and Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The stage is set for the Patriots and Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As was the case seven years ago, when the Patriots last took the field here at University of Phoenix Stadium, weather won’t be an issue as the retractable roof is expected to be closed for Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. Weather outside would be ideal for a football game as the forecast is calling for sunshine and 67 degrees. The weather is a nice reward for those in town after one of the wettest weeks in years in Phoenix.

The game will be played on the natural grass surface that has been grown outdoors and rolled in for the game.

The Patriots only other experience in the building came on Feb. 3, 2008 when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, to win Super Bowl XLII and end the Patriots’ bid at a perfect season.

The Patriots enter the game with a chance to join the Giants and Packers as franchises with four Super Bowl titles. Pittsburgh has won six, while Dallas and San Francisco have won five apiece.

The Patriots are also trying to avoid making some dubious history. If they lose, they will match the Broncos for the most losses (5) in the big game. Currently, the Bills, Vikings and Patriots are just behind the Broncos with four Super Bowl losses. Of course, the Patriots are the only ones with four losses that have actually won a Super Bowl.

The Patriots are 3-4 in their seven previous trips while the Bills and Vikings are each 0-4.

The Patriots head into this game as healthy as they have been all season, with seven players officially listed as probable for the game, including starting center Bryan Stork, who was upgraded to probable from questionable on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks have three key injuries worth monitoring in their secondary as Richard Sherman (elbow), Earl Thomas (shoulder) and Kam Chancellor (knee) practiced this week. Sherman and Thomas were banged up in the NFC title game while Chancellor tweaked his knee on Friday. All three are expected to start and play.

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Richard Sherman has been talked about all week along with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and all the big named Seattle defensive players - how do the Pats attack such a talented group? Price says perhaps LaFell or Amendola underneath or on screens...or do the Pats try to run the ball more? The guys discuss the best way to use Gronk today and what Seattle will do to negate him. Steve and Chris say they won't do anything different than they normally do aka double team Gronk.

[0:01:19] ... batteries no such. Great still at number one wide receiver. For the Seattle Seahawks. But the patriots obviously they've got to. Very good to great. Why proceeding or two great pass catching. Options one being gronkowski. The other being Julian adult men Richard Sherman who was the equivalent to Darrelle Revis is on the side of the Seattle Seahawks. Hotter they use. I'm they use him how they use Sherman and against two in this football game tonight. Well I don't ...
[0:02:42] ... to. Avoid with city. Having to after Richard Sherman you'll your Olympic Tom Brady. Two number is healthy respect for combo thing he has a year. Yeah I think you look at it as an area ...
[0:06:29] ... to tight ends it's audio gates was able to have a relatively Big Dig it's the Seahawks earlier this year. I'm not saying that they are incapable of slowing him down or stopping him but there ...
[0:07:19] ... us later on in the show. Which takes up until 2 o'clock Christian Fauria will join us as well more from Steve and Chris on the West Coast it's acts Sports Radio WEEI. ...






Greg, DeOssie and Price discuss how Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will look to attack the versatile Pats D. Can the Pats contain Wilson and not let him attack with the read/option?

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Greg get's Steve and Chris' perspective on the events and parties of the week. They both think Arizona is a great site for the game. Then the guys get into the historic perspective on this SB and if the Seahawks are the best opponent the Pats have ever faced in this game.

[0:00:21] ... in the media senator out there as we get you ready for Super Bowl 49 in and before I get to all the other. You know on important aspects of Super Bowl week in all the unimportant stuff like trains in the game in game plan and who's gonna win all that stuff. It's ...
[0:07:13] ... all the reviews from a couple of years ago it's a great Super Bowl city if people never bend their. Everything is within. And all of 45 block radius everything is right there including the stadium in the middle of the city. That's up for a large reasons recent what made it such a great suitable city it's a Smart thing I didn't realize that everything without Glendale. Last time that's just that's it there's nothing out in Glendale nothing that is like having you know at the Super Bowl in Foxborough thing. Let's play everything NFL experience all the parts are put everything in Foxborough right put everything in Boston part of it in downtown Phoenix. And then you go play game on sun. The only thing within me that posters say you the other fellow won't be fooled do that would they did a great job in hosting a great Super Bowl. You're absolutely right it's everything's we're in the area but they had exceptional weather big Cuba camp put in me. Into that ...
[0:08:41] ... everything that's that needed to. It is wrong to have a great Super Bowl they should do with their all time. This is pretty close what should get what get a label in that here here's ...
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.

Bill Belichick speaks Monday at the team headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick speaks Monday at the team headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, only one of the 12 balls used by the Patriots in the AFC championship was a full 2 PSI below regulation while the other 11 found to be below spec were only “a tick” below regulation.

This news contradicts a report from Chris Mortensen two days after the AFC title game that 11 of the balls were found to be as much as a full 2 PSI below regulation.

There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by Ted Wells into how the balls were handled before the AFC championship game and if there were serious protocol violations by the Patriots. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded a confident tone Monday night upon the team’s arrival in Phoenix, expressing his support of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and demanding an apology from the league if the report clears the team.

In his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said he’s not drawn any conclusions and will let the report speak for the league.

But the more that comes out, the more it appears the Patriots will be vindicated. Here is more from Rapoport on Sunday morning:

  • Prior to the game, a game-day worker employed by the Patriots, a man described as elderly, took two bags of 12 footballs (one bag from each team) into the restroom near the referees’ room in Gillette Stadium. The man was in the room for 98 seconds. When he exited the room, he took the balls to the field. There is video of the man entering and exiting the bathroom, but it’s unclear if there is a clear shot inside the restroom.
  • That the man entered the restroom prior to walking with the footballs onto the field was discovered by the Patriots, and video footage was quickly turned over to Ted Wells for his investigation.
  • When coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were told there were questions about the footballs, both were incredulous. Belichick indicated privately what he said publicly: That he had little knowledge of what went into pregame footballs. Brady told someone close to him that he works on the footballs all week, then has no idea what happens to them on gameday.
  • Eleven of the 12 footballs used in the first half were judged by the officials to be under the minimum of 12.5 PSI, but just one was two pounds under. Many of them were just a few ticks under the minimum.
  • Many of the footballs used in the AFC title game, which all have Walt Anderson’s initials on them, were returned to circulation among the rest of the Patriots game-day footballs. Because Anderson was the referee for two other Patriots games this season, there are more than 30 footballs with his initials in the team’s possession. It appears the league has the football D’Qwell Jackson intercepted and took to the sidelines to ultimately hand over to his equipment staff.
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    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seahawks apparently want to keep Marshawn Lynch around.

    According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the tempestuous running back known for his silent treatment of the media and his crotch-grabbing backward dives into the end zone has been offered a contract by the Seahawks that would make him the second highest running back in the game behind Adrian Peterson.

    The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. The Seahawks believe that Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons, has outplayed his contract, sources say. They want to reward him for his work, according to Rapoport.

    The new deal for Lynch has been a topic of discussion between Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson and the Seahawks for the last several weeks. He’s the heart-and-soul of their team, which they recognize, and they want him to retire in Seattle.

    What makes this fascinating is that sources close to Lynch have said there’s a very good chance he will retire if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl tonight.

    This is also remarkable for another reason. Midway through the season there were multiple reports that the Seahawks had grown tired of his act and were ready to let him walk away after this season. After his production this season and his performance in the playoffs, the team has apparently had a change of heart.

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    Mike Petraglia
    The boys discuss the past, present and future of the career of one Pete Carroll and how he turned things around.

    [0:00:32] ... a great moves and in the history in the felt like our Bill Belichick. As Pete Carroll earlier this week during his press conference. They think that was from Friday. With the bill ballot check its ...
    [0:01:22] ... and a very good. As I said before the break not a Super Bowl winning coach necessarily but a very good NFL coach did you think he added and I'm. I think he's a great example ...
    [0:03:11] ... played for that I knew instantly were. Above and beyond the norm Bill Belichick stands out as the first coached but he looked evidence OK disguise completely different. Tom Coughlin was another guy won the voice on the BC not only storm in the rose. Us on the BC. Even as a ...
    [0:07:46] ... things get tough. The first guys they're gonna go after the coat winter weather's so Estrich troopers when they feel like they're not be appreciated. When they feel like they're not getting paid when they feel ...






    The guys discuss what radio row looks like after a huge week in Phoenix, ticket sales and major story lines this week leading up to the actual game.

    [0:00:24] ... on this week about the challenges. The days leading up to the Super Bowl in. Getting ready getting prepared for Super Bowl 49 of which we have the national broadcast right here on Sports Radio WEE idol kicked things off. Just after. 63430. A ...
    [0:06:26] ... the Seattle fans bottles and you cut. You know peace in Ramallah patriot fans in Boston fans jamming I know you say it's it's ten to one group there's still a decent amount and you don't the match up as a whole whether it's on the field or all the stuff floating around off the field. This is about as intriguing although all the Super Bowl is I can think of in the in the last ten or fifteen years. Yeah I I I agree Ria because you're ...
    [0:07:36] ... how we Seattle and trying slowdown Robert tells ski and you know Tom Brady and did the special teams it's just it's there's there's literally about fourteen or fifteen individual matchup you can point to win this team. They could all to believe determine who wins a. And then you also have that contrast in coaching styles even mow. Having played for both Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick I can tell you the ball very bright football. Pete Carroll. When recorded the jets. Struck me as a as a very ...
    [0:09:34] ... guys thought the peak hour could be successful not a not necessarily Super Bowl winning coach but just a successful coach at the NFL level will take a break we'll come back. More with Chris and Steve audit radio row in Phoenix will. Sprinkling your phone calls as well as well the course of the morning into the afternoon where whipping until 2 o'clock eastern time gets you ready. For the Super Bowl would get the national broadcast right here of Sports Radio WEEI this is FL Sunday exports radio WEEI. ...