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Super Bowl XLIX

One last game to crown a champion for the 2014 NFL season.

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Seattle versus New England.

It was a pretty safe guess five months ago, and for good reason. They've got quarterback play. The rosters are in good shape. The coaches are top notch. Safe, for reason.

And so the 2014 NFL season ends tonight. Thirty teams made way, 20 of them opting out ahead of the postseason including the Rams, left to try to figure out what went wrong and how to replace either the Patriots or Seahawks a year from now.

There is no formula. It's a combination of a lot of goods, a couple greats and not many bads. It's tough enough to build that up. It's harder to get it to work throughout a 16-game regular season and the breadth of the playoffs when even a momentary failure can be enough to kill off the hopes of a franchise (see: Green Bay).

Tonight though, with the world watching, we'll see who can put forth the best 60-minute performance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Seattle versus New England. The Super Bowl. It's kind of a big thing.