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Is this the most high-octane Super Bowl ever?

Vegas suspects New England-Atlanta could be the highest-scoring Super Bowl ever. Here's what history tells us about what could happen.

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15hTim MacMahon

Mavericks hand Lakers worst loss in team history

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 122-73 rout at the hands of the Mavericks, the worst loss in Lakers history. Forward Julius Randle said his team should be embarrassed by the effort.

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2hBen Arledge

Ultimate Super Bowl LI Preview

After 266 games, just two teams remain. Will Tom and Bill add a fifth Super Bowl title to their legacy? Or will Matt Ryan's jet-powered offense finally earn a title for Atlanta? Here's your head-to-head breakdown of the Patriots and Falcons.

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Brady, Belichick become most decorated duo in sports (1:52)
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9hIan O'Connor

This team embodies the Patriot Way more than any other

Gronk got injured. Brady got banned. Collins and Chandler got traded. New England had its share of available excuses for failure this season, and it embraced none of them on its path to Houston.

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Where did Chris Hogan come from? (1:17)
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Chris Berman, the face of ESPN (1:31)
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The perils facing Latin American baseball players

Yordana Ventura's death follows that of Oscar Tavares in 2014 and highlights a unique danger in the Dominican Republic, which the World Health Organization has called the deadliest country in the world for motor-vehicle related deaths.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Is Kevin Durant trying to crash the DPOY race? Oponents are shooting 25% from the field when guarded by KD in Golden State's last six games.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In those same six games, when working as the primary defender, Durant has forced almost as many turnovers (13) as made baskets conceded (15)

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers failed to record a single sack and did not force any turnovers in Sunday's NFC tile game. LaDarius Gunter and Marwin Evans each dropped interceptions and Jake Ryan missed a chance at a fumble recovery. Here are the defensive snap counts from the 44-21 loss to the Falcons.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Barr will replace Vic Beasley in the Pro Bowl, becoming the sixth Vikings player named to Sunday's game. Barr will join Cordarrelle Patterson, Everson Griffin, Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes on the NFC team.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate, a source said. Atlanta's Matt Ryan would have played but will be in the Super Bowl.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to be in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl, per source. There had been some question because of his recent health issues. He was hospitalized Dec. 23 with kidney and gallstones, nearly causing him to miss a game. He has received medical attention since the end of the season. Bowles will be a busy man in Mobile, as he still has five vacancies on his staff.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Davante Adams said he "played through pain the entire game," which explains why he played much less than Jordy Nelson, who said he didn't feel limited by his broken ribs even though he appeared to wince throughout the game. Here's are the Packers offensive snap counts from Sunday's NFC title game loss:

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have made it official: they promoted Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator and hired Jim Tomsula to be the defensive line coach. They also named Matt Cavanaugh as the offensive coordinator and hired Kevin O'Connell as the quarterbacks coach. The team announced the moves this morning.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The day-after cover of today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the front of the paper's special AFC Championship section. Show of hands: who predicted Chris Hogan, of all Patriots, would be so prominently featured on a Pittsburgh paper this morning?

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Maybe not vintage, but a forceful Rafael Nadal reaches his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in nearly two years (French Open 2015) with a four-set win against Gael Monfils in Australia. Here's Nadal in his on-court interview: "Gael is a special player. He is able to play unbelievable shots. Tonight, I started dwell, had a couple of chances in third to break. … Very, very happy to be in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam after a couple of years. It's very special for me."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady said on sports radio WEEI that he was looking over the Falcons' depth chart at 1:30 this morning. It's been a short night's sleep for Brady, who was conducting his weekly radio interview at 6:15 a.m.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, Tom Brady was asked about Falcons QB Matt Ryan and said, "We've always kind of kept in touch over the years. I'm always sending him texts over the course of the season, or vice versa. I have a lot of respect for Matt. I like him a lot as a person, a player, and a leader. Because he had those connections from BC, I've always kind of followed him."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Carmelo Anthony's streak of seven consecutive All-Star appearances is on the line. He was last snubbed in 2009 ...

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Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni troubled American qualifier Jennifer Brady on serve in the final set to finish off a 6-4, 6-2 win that now sends Lucic-Baroni into the quarterfinal round at the Australian Open for the first time since she first won a match here in 1998. Lucia-Baroni, 34, quit tennis for a years after fleeing her abusive father in Croatia at age 17. Asked her advice to people facing obstacles in life, she laughed and said, "F everything and everybody whoever tells you you can't do it. Just show up." #Ausopen

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a former Aussie Open doubles champ with Martina Hingis (in 1998!), is into the final eight of the Aussie Open. The last time she made the quarterfinals of a Slam in singles -- 69 majors ago, an Open era record.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of Super Bowl 51 (at midnight ET): After early betting, the New England Patriots are 3-point favorites over the Atlanta at all 13 sports-book operators in Las Vegas, with Boyd Gaming shading the line the most at NE -3 (-120). The over/under has been bet up to 59 points at the majority of books after opening at 58 at most books (MGM and Jerry's Nugget have both gone to 59.5).

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

A display case with dress and trophies belonging to Aussie tennis legend Margaret Court sits just inside the arena named after her at the Australian Open. There a still a few diehards who say Court deserves more respect in the best-ever conversation along with Serena Williams and Steffi Graf. But she played in the 1960s and early '70s. She's the only player to ever pull off Grand Slam sweeps in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Billie Jean King and Court's other contemporaries used to call her The Arm because she hit with such authority.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Rod Laver was joined by these fellow tennis legends today to celebrate the installation a larger-than-life bronze statue at Melbourne Park.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

The Patriots have a 55.6% chance to win the Super Bowl, via our Football Power Index.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers won nine straight games by imposing their will and playing aggressively. They lacked that edge in a 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots game in the AFC Championship Game. They tried to create pressure on Tom Brady but all efforts were ineffective. The Steelers had held things together on offense with the big three of Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, but the supporting cast wasn't enough when needed. The Steelers are a dangerous 2017 team but a humbled 2016 one.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount, donning a creative Matt Patricia sweatshirt, is all smiles with son LB as this was a rare situation where kids were in the locker room after the game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin thought 'style of play' was most disappointing about 37-16 loss to Patriots. Team didn't dictate pace or impose will. "We didn't make enough plays."

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

After her straight-sets win to reach the Aussie Open quarterfinals, Serena Williams was asked in press what she made of both No. 1 players, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, losing yesterday: "Yeah, Murray was very shocking. I went to bed by the time the other match came on, because it was getting to be so late. But it's been a couple interesting weeks for Angie. You know, she's been dealing with a lot. I think she was able to handle it the best she could. "I think Coco played really well. I think she really just came up with a wonderful game plan, and it was an easy match, so it wasn't too surprising."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked his preliminary thoughts on the Falcons in the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick says he didn't even know they won. Seriously.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Chris Hogan draws a large media crowd after his first career two-TD game.