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Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

This guy looks ready for the Super Bowl. With kickoff just around the corner, check out the Post’s live blog for all the latest updates, commentary, photos and more. (Photo: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

This guy looks ready for the Super Bowl. With kickoff just around the corner, check out the Post’s live blog for all the latest updates, commentary, photos and more. (Photo: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Super Scrap: Seahawk fans at Scrap-It, a recycling business in Ferndale, Wa., destroy a 1985 Ford Bronco, painted in Denver Broncos colours, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Crane operator Herb Parks says it was very satisfying and made him feel like he was part of the team. The Seahawks are taking on the Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo: Philip A. Dwyer/The Bellingham Herald/The Associated Press)

Super Scrap: Seahawk fans at Scrap-It, a recycling business in Ferndale, Wa., destroy a 1985 Ford Bronco, painted in Denver Broncos colours, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Crane operator Herb Parks says it was very satisfying and made him feel like he was part of the team. The Seahawks are taking on the Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo: Philip A. Dwyer/The Bellingham Herald/The Associated Press)

Super Bowl week is to Americans what the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs is to Canadians. And there are hard numbers to quantify these deep affections.Harris Interactive released its annual poll on Americans’ one favourite sport. The poll began in 1985 and pro football has held the No. 1 spot since the beginning. And the gap between pro football and perennial No. 2 baseball has been widening ever since.

Super Bowl week is to Americans what the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs is to Canadians. And there are hard numbers to quantify these deep affections.

Harris Interactive released its annual poll on Americans’ one favourite sport. The poll began in 1985 and pro football has held the No. 1 spot since the beginning. And the gap between pro football and perennial No. 2 baseball has been widening ever since.

Say cheese: There are 6,329 media members accredited to cover this year’s Super Bowl and related events, the most in Super Bowl history.As usual, there were bizarre questions and costumes.Click through for more photos of Tuesday’s crowded festivities. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press)

Say cheese: There are 6,329 media members accredited to cover this year’s Super Bowl and related events, the most in Super Bowl history.

As usual, there were bizarre questions and costumes.

Click through for more photos of Tuesday’s crowded festivities. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press)

Let the festivities begin: People watch fireworks burst over the Hudson River as they stand near the Roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The fireworks were part of a kickoff event for the game. (Photo: Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Let the festivities begin: People watch fireworks burst over the Hudson River as they stand near the Roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The fireworks were part of a kickoff event for the game. (Photo: Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Roger Goodell once had his beer freeze while watching a game in Chicago, so sitting outside at the Super Bowl shouldn’t be too much of a burden for the NFL commissioner.But what if — and this is a very real possibility — the stadium is blanketed in the kind of blizzard-like conditions that wreaked havoc across the Northeast on Tuesday? What if the NFL doesn’t get lucky and score a chilly yet tolerable Super Bowl evening at the Meadowlands?Even worse, what if snow, sleet, ice or any combination in the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl determines who wins the big game?Could happen, and Goodell and other NFL officials won’t be the only ones poring over weather forecasts leading up to Feb. 2. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas will be keeping a close eye on it, too, as a possible factor in whether the Denver Broncos can cover what is now a 2 1/2-point spread against the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo: Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Roger Goodell once had his beer freeze while watching a game in Chicago, so sitting outside at the Super Bowl shouldn’t be too much of a burden for the NFL commissioner.

But what if — and this is a very real possibility — the stadium is blanketed in the kind of blizzard-like conditions that wreaked havoc across the Northeast on Tuesday? What if the NFL doesn’t get lucky and score a chilly yet tolerable Super Bowl evening at the Meadowlands?

Even worse, what if snow, sleet, ice or any combination in the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl determines who wins the big game?

Could happen, and Goodell and other NFL officials won’t be the only ones poring over weather forecasts leading up to Feb. 2. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas will be keeping a close eye on it, too, as a possible factor in whether the Denver Broncos can cover what is now a 2 1/2-point spread against the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo: Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What’s new?For Tom Brady. For the New England defence. For anyone who thought he couldn’t win the big one.Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip to New York for the Super Bowl after another of his impeccably crafted victories — this time, a 26-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game.Less than three years after being unable to throw a football because of his surgically ravaged neck and nerve endings, Manning will get a chance for his second ring. He’ll try to become the first quarterback to win one with two different teams, at the Meadowlands on Feb. 2 against Seattle or San Francisco, who play later Sunday for the NFC championship.“It’s very rewarding when you put a lot of hard work into the off-season and the regular season and it pays dividends with a huge win,” Manning said. (Photo: Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)

Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What’s new?

For Tom Brady. For the New England defence. For anyone who thought he couldn’t win the big one.

Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip to New York for the Super Bowl after another of his impeccably crafted victories — this time, a 26-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game.

Less than three years after being unable to throw a football because of his surgically ravaged neck and nerve endings, Manning will get a chance for his second ring. He’ll try to become the first quarterback to win one with two different teams, at the Meadowlands on Feb. 2 against Seattle or San Francisco, who play later Sunday for the NFC championship.

“It’s very rewarding when you put a lot of hard work into the off-season and the regular season and it pays dividends with a huge win,” Manning said. (Photo: Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)

Joe Flacco celebrated his historic contract in style on Monday: He went to McDonald’s. The Ravens quarterback became the highest-paid player in NFL history on Monday, after signing a $120.6-million deal over six years. That’s a whole lot of McNuggets.

According to ESPN, Flacco visited an Aberdeen, Maryland franchise mere hours after inking the deal. He ordered “a 10-piece McNugget meal, fries, and an unsweetened iced tea for $6.99.” Flacco is living large. (Photo: John Norman/Twitter)

Joe Flacco celebrated his historic contract in style on Monday: He went to McDonald’s. The Ravens quarterback became the highest-paid player in NFL history on Monday, after signing a $120.6-million deal over six years. That’s a whole lot of McNuggets.

According to ESPN, Flacco visited an Aberdeen, Maryland franchise mere hours after inking the deal. He ordered “a 10-piece McNugget meal, fries, and an unsweetened iced tea for $6.99.” Flacco is living large. (Photo: John Norman/Twitter)

Your favourite 49ers quarterback was hanging out at pre-Grammy festivitiesthis weekend. And Colin Kaepernick also managed to get harassed by Kathy Griffin. So he’s really made it now. (Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Laura Busacca Getty Images for NARAS)

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