Umpire Carl Paganelli holds a ball after a play during the 2015 AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NFL: Ref In AFC Title Game Inspected Footballs Properly; ‘Officiating Is Not Part Of The Investigation’

This week, each team gets 54 footballs — many are given to charity after brief game usage — and all of them will be taken into custody by the NFL on Friday after the Seahawks and Patriots have prepared them.

01/29/2015

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 29, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch Gets Defensive During Media Session

After two days of giving only scripted answers, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back gave his most extensive comments of Super Bowl week, mostly telling reporters why he won’t talk to them.

01/29/2015

Danny Amendola #80, LeGarrette Blount #29, Shane Vereen #34, Timothy Wright #81, Brandon LaFell #19 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots stretch before the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Practice on January 28, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jared Max: Super Bowl Betting — Is It For Amusement Only?

Gambling on the Super Bowl reminds me of boozing on New Year’s Eve. Even those who don’t partake the other 364 days tend to grant themselves an evening pass from purity.

01/29/2015

Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots lies on his back after being sacked by defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Giant Memories: Patriots Not Dwelling On Last Super Bowl Loss In Arizona

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.

01/29/2015

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, center, addresses the media during Super Bowl XLIX Media Day at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Might Seahawks’ Schneider Be Best GM In NFL?

Five years after being selected by Carroll to be the second piece of the Seahawks hierarchy, Seattle is in a second consecutive Super Bowl thanks largely to a roster constructed by Schneider.

01/28/2015

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits at his podium during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Marshawn Lynch Answers Every Question With ‘You Know Why I’m Here’

A day after giving the same one-sentence response at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had another scripted answer to any questions.

01/28/2015

Tom Brady speaks to the media during the New England Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX media availability on Jan. 28, 2015 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Brady Fighting Cold, But Not Worried About Health For Super Bowl

The New England Patriots quarterback sounded under the weather during his session with the media on Wednesday. He rubbed the back of his right hand under his nose at one point.

01/28/2015

Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks with the media on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Love Or Hate The Patriots, We Need Them In The NFL

To a man, woman and child, you will miss them. We need New England, or someone like them, even if we don’t like them.

01/28/2015

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick prior to the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Change.Org Petition Calls For Immediate Disqualification Of Patriots

This is an extreme response to “Deflate-gate,” but no one can say it doesn’t have support.

01/28/2015

Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Long After Twitter Feud, Revis And Sherman Pledge Respect

At Tuesday’s media day, any animosity was buried. Each expressed respect for the other, although Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle’s defense, Sherman plays only half the field.

01/28/2015

Marshawn Lynch  of the Seattle Seahawks eats Skittles as he addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day inside U.S. Airways Center on Jan. 27, 2015 in Phoenix. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Lynch’s Bizarre Session Highlights Odder-Than-Usual Super Bowl Media Day

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything.

01/27/2015

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day inside U.S. Airways Center on Jan. 27, 2015 in Phoenix. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Leave It To Belichick, Brady And Kraft To Play Patriot Games

The NFL’s worst nightmare is a New England victory this Sunday. It will cast a pall over the playoffs, and stain the sacred Lombardi Trophy.

01/27/2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media during a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 22, 2015, to address the under inflation of footballs used in the AFC championship game. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brady To WEEI: ‘My Feelings Got Hurt’ By ‘Deflate-Gate’ Scandal

Somebody get Tom Brady some Kleenex.

01/26/2015

Nick Mangold (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Bill Belichick (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images), Sheldon Richardson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Jets’ Richardson, Mangold Not Least Bit Surprised Pats Caught Up In ‘Deflate-Gate’

As far as some of the Jets see it, the underinflated footballs saga is just the Patriots being the Patriots.

01/26/2015

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Silverman: Once All Of This Nonsense Stops, Super Bowl XLIX Should Be A Battle Royale

If the Patriots can put the hangover of this scandal behind them, this could actually be one of the most memorable Super Bowls of them all.

01/23/2015

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RHCP, Bruno Mars Rock Halftime

Photos of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show.

There's no doubt about which team this young fan is cheering for. (Credit: Rob Wallace)

Fans In Their Sunday Best

Fans around the Tri-State area have donned their jersey’s and applied their face paint for a night of hard hitting NFL action.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy alongside head coach Pete Carroll after their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVIII Game Day

Great snaps from Super Bowl XLVIII.

Rival siblings pose outside MetLife Stadium. (Photo credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Fans Gather Outside MetLife Stadium For Super Bowl XLVIII

Photos of fans gathering outside MetLife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.

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