Super Bowl XLIX

Patriots vs. Seahawks | Sunday, 6:30 p.m. | Glendale, Ariz. | TV: NBC

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

When it comes to football, Rob Gronkowski’s serious side emerges

The Patriots star tight end has total recall and enjoys a quiet night studying the playbook. Seriously.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Ben Volin

Q&A with Bob Kravitz, the guy who broke the Deflategate story

The Indianapolis reporter who first reported on the Patriots’ use of underinflated footballs spoke about the reaction to the story.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/classroom-Belichick_final-(1)-6998.jpg Patriots use their smarts as their key intangible

Dumb jocks? You’d better do your homework before slapping that tag on these Patriots, because they do theirs.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/462352702.jpg Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins lets his play do the talking

The Patriots linebacker with the freaky athletic skill is a man of few words.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/72a3dc3d543e4632bdc2512bc6179dbc-72a3dc3d543e4632bdc2512bc6179dbc-0-6936.jpg Battling a cold, Tom Brady looks forward to practicing

Brady sniffled his way through a media session, but said, “I’ll be good,” before the Patriots’ first practice of the week.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/462413880.jpg Darrelle Revis at ease with risk of short-term contract

The Patriots hold an option for $20 million next season, but could consider a new deal to keep him around longer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/7934b73a49d94106b6ee7c5343551768-7934b73a49d94106b6ee7c5343551768-0.jpg Patriots’ defensive game plan focused on stopping Marshawn Lynch

The Patriots lauded the Seahawks running back, who is truly a beast.

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK

Chris Matthews of Seahawks shocked by fine for obscene gesture

The league thought Matthews grabbed his crotch after Lynch crossed the goal line. It didn’t add up to Matthews.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/04567747.jpg Seattle’s 12th man behind Seahawks all the way

These rabid fans raise the noise level everywhere they go.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/140101patriots0191.jpg Special teams coach Scott O’Brien comes prepared

Patriots players credit O’Brien for their special team success.

SUPER BOWL FLASHBACK

Patriots were battered but triumphant vs. Panthers

In a bone-crunching game, the Patriots eked out their second championship on an Adam Vinatieri field goal.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/matthew874-6960.jpg Matthew Slater says Seahawks resemble Pete Carroll’s USC teams

The Patriots’ special teams star was recruited by Southern Cal for track, not football, and he ultimately chose UCLA.

The Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman is seen during the NFL Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Richard Sherman subdued, but no less entertaining

The outspoken Seahawks cornerback toned down his act at Media Day.

Seahawks notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/27/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/davis_mediaday7_spts.jpg Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch speaks – but has nothing to say

The oft-fined Seahawks running back barely stayed five minutes on the podium at Media Day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/861b5c63d5734ab49ee054211d1b1eb1-861b5c63d5734ab49ee054211d1b1eb1-0.jpg For Patriots, fun and football intersect at Media Day

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski were among the top attractions in Phoenix.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/90superbowl49.jpg Complete guide to Super Bowl XLIX

A look at the matchup, game time, location, advertising, and history of the NFL championship game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/04567721.jpg Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tells his squad ‘tackle like a rugby player’

Tackling is the most fundamental task on a football field. But it’s not always done right.

SEAHAWKS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/earl934-6871.jpg Seahawks’ Earl Thomas will lean on teammates as he plays in pain

The separated shoulder he sustained in the NFC Championship won’t keep him out of the Super Bowl.

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch a man of few words, many fines

The NFL will be watching Lynch closely in the Super Bowl, threatening a 15-yard penalty for making an obscene gesture.

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INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

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