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Seahawks trounce Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates with the

(Credit: Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates his team's Super Bowl XLVIII win. (Getty Images))

UPDATED 2/2/14, 10:58 P.M.: The Seahawks started on the right foot 12 seconds into the game.

On the first offensive play, a bad Broncos snap settled near the back of the end zone, where it was downed for a safety. 

From there, things only got better for Seattle. The Seahawks defense more than lived up to its lofty reputation in bringing the city its first NFL championship with...

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Brain damage doesn't worry football fans

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Running back

(Credit: Broncos' Knowshon Moreno during Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014. (Tom Pennington/Getty))

"They know what they are getting into."

That is the overwhelming refrain of football fans from around the world who gathered in New York City Sunday to watch the Seahawks and Broncos battle, despite growing evidence that veterans of the game risk a heightened incidence of brain damage and early onset dementia.

"Man up, dammit! If you're going to participate, you run the risk," said Matt...

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John Mara: No reason not to have Super Bowl in NY area again

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Owner of

(Credit: NY Giants owner John Mara (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images))

Enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII in the New York area? Well, Giants co-owner John Mara wants another one.

Mara said as much in comments Sunday morning on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show.”

“If we can be assured that we’d get the same cooperation from all the different government entities that were involved, which has been tremendous so far, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t consider...

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Food, drink prices through roof at Super Bowl XLVIII

Food at the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium

(Credit: Food at the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014. (Newsday/Jim Baumbach))

Fans attending Super Bowl XLVIII yesterday were spared no expense once settled within the confines of MetLife Stadium.

Signs at concession stands advertised $11 cups of hot chocolate -- $20 in a mug -- $9 for a souvenir soda and $12-$14 for a beer.

"I expected the prices to be up there," said David Peter, 27, of Vancouver, British Columbia. "I didn't know they'd be way up there."

Don't...

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In the end, hours-long commute was worth the hassle, fans say

Left, a young Seattle Seahawks fan cheers before

(Credit: Super bowl fans cheer on Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium. (Timothy Clarty/Getty)))

Hours-long train commutes, clogged lines through security checks and even feeling overdressed for the relatively mild temperatures didn’t dampen the moods of football fans who trekked to the MetLife Stadium for what many deemed a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience — Super Bowl XLVIII.

Chris Ilsley, 34, of Hicksville, said people headed for the big game were “corralled” for at least a half-hour...

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Frustrated fans cry foul over ride to Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Quarterback Peyton

(Credit: MetLife Stadium during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty))

Football fans taking the train to what was billed as the first “Mass Transit Super Bowl” were met with wall-to-wall crowds, stifling heat at a key station, and long waits to buy a ticket and board a train.

But New Jersey Transit officials, who said they set a new ridership record — 22,000 — Sunday, insisted that everything was going according to plan, and that they had the situation under...

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Staying local: Fans take in the game from Bryant Park

A swanky atmosphere at Verizon's Super Bowl viewing

(Credit: Lisa Fraser)

Some fans braved the weather, transit and concession prices for a chance to watch the Super Bowl live at MetLife Stadium. Others prefer the comfort of a roof over their head and a large-screen TV. We caught up with some fans checking out the Super Bowl party hosted at the Verizon Power House in Bryant Park.

Krystyna Caban & John Guiliano, from Babylon, Long Island

Krystyna: I'm rooting...

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Stars party during 'Super' weekend

Adam Levine and Maroon 5 perform on Jan.

(Credit: Maroon 5 perform on Jan. 31, 2014 at the Beacon Theater. (JBL by Harmon))

With the Super Bowl touching down in MetLife Stadium today, celebrities packed the city over the weekend at various pregame parties.

Among the star-studded events was Shape and Men's Fitness magazines' Super Bowl XLVIII party at Cipriani on Friday, attended by the likes of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Stephen Colbert, Stacy Keibler, Rebecca King Crews and Terry Crews, Coco and Ice-T, with...

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Seeing stars on Super Bowl Boulevard

New York Giants Stevie Brown (R) hands a

(Credit: New York Giants Stevie Brown with a fan on Jan. 30, 2014. (EPA/CJ GUNTHER))

Tourist-packed Times Square is a place locals often avoid, if they can. Not now, though, with so many coveted signatures up for grabs.

A midtown stretch of Broadway has morphed into Super Bowl Boulevard, a celebration of all things football that has drawn legions of fans.

With NFL stars past and present making themselves available, it’s also a magnet for autograph hunters from the tri-state...

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Super Bowl specials to check out on game day

43 Mini Beers (Licor 43 with a dash

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The year’s funniest commercials, most entertaining halftime show and top two NFL teams are visiting New Jersey this weekend. For football fans staying in the city for the biggest game of the year on Sunday, head over to one of these bars or take a seat at one of these restaurants for specials on drinks and food.

100 MontaditosWhile watching the Super Bowl in the Garden Room, throw back bottles...

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