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Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

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NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets by checking for the heat-sensitive logos. On the front of each ticket is a full polymer graphic that is raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature is a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket which is printed with thermochromic ink. The HTX logo…

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Look for an unknown player or 2 to star wild-card weekend

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Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, J.J. Watt and the other star players got their teams to the playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference. Remember Malcolm Butler? The Green Bay Packers won three road games as a sixth-seed in 2010 before they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t have advanced if it weren’t for a surprise performance in the wild-card round, when rookie James Starks had 123 yards rushing in…

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Jacksonville Jaguars end season in familiar fashion

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“It’s evident to see how far we’ve come in many aspects of our game.” — Shad Khan. Our friends at the Columbia Journalism Review had an article a few months back supporting the Associated Press stylebook stance against sports clichés. Left unwritten: why the cliché is so prevalent. When you cover a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, which has been in “wait-til-next-year” mode since the Barack Obama “historic victory” post-inauguration collectible plates were a hot seller, you see the same things over and…

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