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Super Bowl week barrels full steam ahead in Indianapolis

The Super Bowl will be here soon enough (Sunday, in case you haven't heard), but why rush such a great week of hype? Tune into NFL Network Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. ET for all the latest from Indianapolis, and don't forget to keep up with's daily blog of all things Super Bowl.

Here's what else is on tap for Thursday:

» Giants and Patriots players reveal their favorite songs by Super Bowl halftime performer Madonna and even sing a few lines.

» The Patriots are notorious for making bland public comments, but Jeff Darlington writes that wideout Wes Welker is beginning to show off his sense of humor.

» In 2001, a 30-second Super Bowl ad cost $2.2 million. That same ad on Sunday will cost an average of $3.5 million. Viewers are entertained, but do advertisers get their money's worth?

» Where does the Giants' 2008 upset of the undefeated Patriots rank among all-time Super Bowls? Find out as Elliot Harrison ranks all 45 previous NFL championship games.

» Adrian Peterson wanted to change his number from 28 to 23. But for a million bucks? The Vikings' star running back explained in an epic Twitter rant why that's not happening.

» The night before the Super Bowl, the NFL will salute its best players and plays from the 2011 season with a football and entertainment event that will air on NBC from 9-11 p.m.

» We've narrowed the list of the best plays of the 2011 NFL season down to 20. Now you can vote for the top 10, with the winner announced Feb. 4 at the NFL Honors in Indianapolis.

» The February issue of NFL Magazine features an exclusive interview with Ndamukong Suh, a profile of Aaron Rodgers, pivotal playoff moments and more.

» Happy birthday to Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver, who turns 37 Thursday. Also celebrating birthdays are Tennessee Titans DB Cortland Finnegan, who turns 28, and Titans RB Javon Ringer, who turns 25.

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