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15 Amazing Super Bowl XLIX Stats

A closer look at some of the statistics, numbers and figures to get you ready for Super Sunday
Super Bowl XLIX

It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1 when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks conclude the 2014 NFL season in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday. University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., will host a pair of 14-4 teams, as the Seahawks are looking for a second straight Lombardi Trophy and the tandem of Bill Belichick-Tom Brady are aiming for a fourth.

 

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Recruiting Analysis: What was the Best QB Class Since 2002?

Athlon Sports looks back at the last 13 recruiting classes of signal-callers.
Recruiting Analysis: What was the best QB class of the modern era?

Not every recruiting class is created equal.

 

Depending on the state, region or position, each recruiting cycle offers different areas of strengths or weaknesses. A quick examination of the most important position on the field during the modern era of football recruiting (2002) makes this painfully obvious.

 

Every team needs a quality signal-caller to compete for championships but not every year can provide an answer under center. Here are the last 13 quarterback classes and how they stack up against one another:

 

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Big Ten for 2015

An early look at the players filling big shoes in 2015.
5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Big Ten for 2015

Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup.

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2010 Re-Ranked

Athlon Sports re-ranks the Class of 2010 with some help from the experts.
Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2010 Re-Ranked

Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, just like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-American teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft.

 

Where did the Seahawks and Patriots find their players for the Super Bowl XLIX rosters?

The Big Ten produced both quarterbacks and the most players
Where did the Seahawks and Patriots find their players for the Super Bowl XLIX rosters?

The popular trend of the football offseason will be the rebound of the Big Ten.

 

Ohio State won the national championship, and Jim Harbaugh is bringing hope to Michigan. Penn State is on the rise, and Michigan State and Wisconsin hope to maintain stability.

 

Here’s another one to add to the Big Ten’s brag sheet: No matter what, the Big Ten will have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the second consecutive season.

 

5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Pac-12 for 2015

An early look at the players filling big shoes in 2015.
5 Players Replacing the Biggest Names in Pac-12 for 2015

Attrition and finding replacements are a key part of any college football offseason. A coaching staff may find answers through the junior college ranks for a quick fix, or they may feel comfortable with a replacement that’s been on the roster waiting for his turn to step into the starting lineup.

10 Worst Teams to Ever Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon’s list of the worst teams to play for the Lombardi Trophy
10 Worst Teams to Ever Play in a Super Bowl

For the second straight year, the No. 1 seeds in both the AFC and NFC are set to face off for the Lombardi Trophy with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on tap for Super Bowl XLIX. As it relates to the topic of worst teams to play in the Super Bowl, it's pretty safe to say neither the Patriots nor Seahawks have much to worry about. However, while the 2014 Patriots may not enter the discussion, the 1985 team hailing from New England headlines Athlon Sports’ list of the worst teams to ever play on Super Sunday.

 

Ranking the Best 10 NFL Teams That Didn't Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon Sports ranks the best teams that never made it to the final game.
10 Best NFL Teams That Didn't Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon Sports has examined win-loss records, overall talent, statistics, playoff performances and more and come up with our list of the best NFL teams that never reached the Super Bowl:

 

* - eventual Super Bowl Champion

 

1. San Francisco 49ers, 1992 (14-2)
Lost: 30-20 to Dallas* in NFC Championship
Pro Bowlers: 7

Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

Athlon Sports re-ranks the Class of 2011 with some help from the experts
Recruiting Analysis: Class of 2011 Re-Ranked

Recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is the lifeblood of the sport. But recruiting, like the NFL Draft, is an inexact science. Five-star prospects have a significantly better shot at landing on All-America teams or getting drafted than two-star prospects. But busts and overlooked talents are a natural and inherent part of the process — just like the NFL Draft.

 

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