Super Bowl XLVIII: Running game key for Seattle

marshawn lynch

(Credit: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (MCT))

In an era of gaudy passing numbers, the Seahawks are a throwback to what NFL offenses resembled for much of the league's history.

They run, and run, and run some more -- and then throw deep. In fact, Seattle is the first team to run more than 500 times in a season and make the Super Bowl since the 2006 Bears -- a team that lost to Peyton Manning's Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Almost surely,...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks coach could join rare company

seahawks coach

(Credit: Head coach Pete Carroll and defensive end Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks (Getty))

Just two men have coached champions in the NCAA and the NFL. Pete Carroll can become the third if his Seahawks are victorious Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Carroll, in his fourth season guiding Seattle after nine years with USC, won two AP National Championships with the Trojans.

He would follow in the footsteps of Jimmie Johnson, who won at the college level with the Miami Hurricanes,...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton is superior QB; weather a wild card

Peyton Manning

(Credit: Peyton Manning's numbers aren't as impressive in cold weather this season. (Getty))

Even the least-informed fan tuning in to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII knows this much: Peyton Manning is awesome.

Indeed, that guy from the Papa John's and Buick commercials is more than just a likable pitchman. Manning was unquestionably the world's best quarterback in 2013.

And one look at his numbers next to those of Seahawks passer Russell Wilson is all that's needed in order to know...

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Melo named All-Star for 7th time

Carmelo Anthony

(Credit: Carmelo Anthony will start his sixth All-Star Game. (Jim McIsaac))

Another year, another All-Star nod for Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks forward was one of five named to the Eastern Conference starting lineup yesterday after placing third in the fan vote for frontcourt players with 935,702 votes, 410,893 ahead of Roy Hibbert.

The Knicks forward is an All-Star for the seventh time in his 11th season.

Anthony, an All-Star starter for the sixth time,...

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Yankees no strangers to Japanese pitchers

Masahiro Tanaka

(Credit: Masahiro will become the fifth Japanese pitcher to play for the Yankees. (Getty))

Masahiro Tanaka will get the chance to write his own Yankee legacy beginning this spring. But deserved or not, he'll be compared with his fellow countrymen who have pitched in pinstripes. Here's a look back at the four other Japanese pitchers the Yankees have sent to the mound.

HIDEKI IRABU (1997-99)

Two years after Hideo Nomo started turning heads with the Dodgers, the Yankees took...

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Peyton's chance to bury silly fan debate vs. Eli

Peyton Manning

(Credit: Peyton Manning set records for passing yards and touchdowns this season. (Getty))

In my mind, there's never been a real debate over which of Archie Manning's sons is the better NFL quarterback.

It's Peyton Manning.

Not Eli Manning. Peyton.

"But Eli has two Super Bowl rings and Peyton has only one."

Yeah, so does Jim Plunkett. Nothing against the former Raiders quarterback, but he pales in comparison to the Broncos quarterback.

As ridiculous...

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Budding QB rivals tangle for NFC title

Colin Kaepernick

(Credit: Colin Kaepernick has earned four career playoff wins in two seasons as a starter. (Getty))

While Manning-Brady Bowl XV represents what is likely one of the final meetings between two great quarterbacks, Sunday's NFC Championship Game in Seattle is the fourth meeting of another budding QB rivalry between the Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick.

The two passers are each in their second season as an NFL starter, and both have played well in the postseason in their...

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Brady, Manning meet again for AFC crown

Tom Brady

(Credit: Tom Brady has faced Peyton Manning 14 times entering Sunday. (Getty))

There's a very underreported story relating to Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Broncos: Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will be squaring off for the 15th time.

Oh, wait. That's just about the only thing that's been talked about leading up to the game which decides who will represent the AFC in New York at Super Bowl XLVIII.

It's not without warrant....

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The unofficial amNY Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Mike Piazza

(Credit: Mike Piazza hit 220 home runs while with the Mets. (Getty))

Full disclosure off the bat: I am not a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). I'm not eligible to cast a ballot in this year's Hall of Fame voting. But I, like many of you, have know whose names I would like to be added to Cooperstown this year.

With the results of this year's vote set to be announced at 2 p.m. Wednesday, here's my list of 10 -- the maximum allowed...

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Rematches aplenty in NFL wild card weekend

Andy Dalton

(Credit: Andy Dalton and the Bengals are in the postseason for the third consecutive year. (Getty))

Although New York is without a representative in the NFL playoffs for the second year in a row, area football fans will likely tune in this weekend to see which teams will prevail in the first step of the journey to the Super Bowl.

Here's a look at each of the four wild card weekend games.

Chiefs at Colts 4:35 p.m. Sat. on NBC/4

The Colts earned a convincing 23-7 win in Kansas...

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