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The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Considering they had the best win-loss record in the regular season, the two best teams are playing on February 1. It is amazing to think Seattle led for only 71 seconds in the NFC championship game, gave up five quarterback sacks to maybe the quarterback that is the most difficult to sack, had five turnovers and still won. To say they did not play their best game is an obvious understatement but it may have been the best thing to happen to them going into the Super Bowl. Seattle was humbled. They were humbled by a Packers team that came out focused and ready, but also humbled by their own inept performance. In the most important game of the year that the Seahawks played, they had their worst game of the year - maybe in the last three years. It wont happen again. The video will be reviewed, graded, critiqued and concluded. Player grades will be handed out and filed and no one will be content. Theyll be exhilarated and thrilled at winning but concerned at the previous events. Good teams and good players are just that because they dont make mistakes twice. They learn and become possessed by not repeating the agony and only accepting the ecstasy. Too dramatic? Not really. Players, coaches, everyone gets paid outrageous amounts of money to play this sport and the price is that you accept and have to handle pressure. And sometimes the biggest pressure is to respond from a terrible game with a great game. Football is week-by-week and the conclusion that is made is youre either regressing or progressing. Seattle regressed last week and I cant see it happen two weeks from now. For New England, its the complete opposite. They need to stay humble as they are coming off a completely dominate performance over Indianapolis. But then again, maybe its not even an issue, as Bill Belichick is the master at keeping egos under control. Yes, excellent in plays, adjustments, personal, preparation, and explanation, and second only to God himself, but his greatest asset is that he keeps players off balance. His expectations are so high you will never be able to complete the journey as individuals because as he said about 10 minutes after the winning the AFC championship; were on to Seattle. Belichick now has more playoff wins than Tom Landry with 21, and he is just like Landry. There is no one I respect more than Landry in football and my greatest regret in my athletic career is that I did not play longer and better for him as a player and as my boss. Belichicks personality and coaching is so similar to Landrys, with an all-encompassing business demand, every time I see Belichick I see Landry . Do they care for players? Yes, but they have their favorites and that is human nature. You become a favorite only when you perform. Brandon Bostick is now a name no Packers fan will ever forget. He is a young, second year player from Newberry Collage (I have no idea where Newberry is) who made a mistake - a big one. His job based on the trajectory of the onside kick is to block, not catch. Jordy Nelson was right behind him ready to catch and the truth is that the execution of the onside kick receiving team for Green Bay was perfect. The ball went right to Nelson and the actual kick was average at best and if Bostick had done his job, Green Bay in all probability would be moving on. But for an unknown reason he abandoned his assignment and made a play on the ball. The really sad part is he will never be forgotten and for some not forgiven. It will haunt him for a long, long time. The assignment always takes priority when youre protecting the football. He made an evaluation mistake and you have to have some degree of empathy for the kid. Yes, he tried to be the hero but messed it up. So it begins. Two weeks of constant analytical conversation and associated entertainment that will be incessant. It really is something to behold, that an event of such insignificance can be blown so out of proportion. And I say that with no disrespect but quit the opposite, that whether you live in Canada or the United States you have the freedom to associated whatever urgency you wish to the Super Bowl. Not all do. This should be a great game because of the talent level on the field, time to get ready, and the unknown effect of the time to get ready. And I know many would like to eliminate the extra week of hype but with that week we may see Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Without it I doubt we would. Best vs Best. The way it should be. Stitched Royals Jerseys . -- Josh MacDonalds second goal of the game kept his team alive as the Peterborough Petes edged the host Kingston Frontencas 6-5 in overtime on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action. Kansas City Royals Store . 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The 21-year-old Wickham headed Sunderland into a 26th-minute lead --to add to the double he scored at Manchester City and his strike in last weekends win at Chelsea -- and then sealed the win with a late header.Australia head coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturdays Rugby Championship game against Argentina at Twickenham. Lopeti Timani replaces the injured Sean McMahon in the back-row, beating Bath-based Leroy Houston for the Wallabies No 8 shirt.Houston may yet earn a Test debut via the bench, which has yet to be finalised. Rory Arnold of the Bumbies will start for Australia in the second row The towering Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will start in the second row alongside Adam Coleman, at the expense of Rob Simmons, in the only other change to the starting line-up from last weekends 18-10 loss to South Africa. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. In opting for the relative inexperience of Timani (one Test) and Arnold (four Tests), Cheika said the Wallabies could have no fear in backing young stars.We cant be frightened to do that. No matter what game it is, whether its Argentina or anyone else, he said. Highlights of the Rugby Championship clash between South Africa and Australia from Pretoria With the versatile Dean Mumm - a line-out specialist - making his home starting at blindside flanker, Cheika believes the Wallabies need a hard-runner at the back of the scrum in the mould of veteran Wycliff Palu.ddddddddddddI think with the profile of the other players we have, like the sixes who are more the jumping-type sixes, that ball-carrying, Wycliff Palu-style No 8 is something that we want to have as well, Cheika said. Win the Rugby Trip of a Lifetime Enter a free prize draw when you buy tickets for Argentina v Australia at Twickenham We want to be able to do both. Leroy [Timani] is quite an abrasive runner as well, so theres a great opportunity to [see] how hell go with the step up.Arnold has impressed off the bench for Australia and earns the start ahead of Simmons, who suffering a head knock against the Springboks but has passed all concussion protocols. Speaking about picking Arnold, Cheika said: Hes just been aggressive, his lineout jumping has really improved, his mobility, ball carrying and every time hes come onto the field from the bench hes made an impact as a finisher.I just think its a real opportunity for him.Australia: 15 Israel Folau; 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Reece Hodge; 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Stephen Moore ©, 3 Sekope Kepu; 4 Rory Arnold, 5 Adam Coleman; 6 Dean Mumm, 7 Michael Hooper, 8 Lopeti Timani.Replacements (one to be omitted): 16 James Hanson, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Alan Alaalatoa, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Leroy Houston, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Tevita Kuridrani, 24 Sefa Naivalu.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby Pundits Fixtures and results ' ' '

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