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Knowshon Moreno (27) of the Denver Broncos is tackled after picking up a loose ball that leads to a safety for the Seattle Seahawks in the end zone during the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)

Weather concerns cool off at Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cold? Only by Miami standards.

After a year's worth of speculation over the weather, the conditions at kickoff of Super Bowl 48 were downright idyllic: 49 degrees and partly cloudy.

In the end, it was only the third-coldest Super Bowl in history (39 degrees in Super Bowl 6 and 46 degrees three years later).

The bigger logistical problem this weekend: The tens of thousands of out-of-town guests who might find it difficult getting home.

Forecasters called for a significant snowstorm overnight, with accumulation of up to 4 inches by midday.

Those using the New Jersey train system to get to the game Sunday had their own issues. They experienced major delays at the Secaucus station, with hundreds crammed into a small, hot space, according to their Twitter accounts.

However, the NFL announced that 80,000 game-goers had passed through security by 5:15 p.m., making for the "earliest arriving Super Bowl crowd in at least 30 years."

ROCKIN' OUT

Bruno Mars crooned and the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked in front of a sea of stars at halftime.

Game-goers with lights on their heads made for a galaxy of red, white and blue in an otherwise pitch-dark stadium. The halftime show ran 13 minutes and included hits "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Treasure," "Give It Away" and "Just The Way You Are."

Earlier in the day, Queen Latifah performed "America the Beautiful" with the New Jersey Youth Chorus to kick off the pregame entertainment.

Opera singer Renee Fleming unleashed a riveting national anthem, capped by a flyover by nine military helicopters. It was so low it nearly scraped the top of MetLife Stadium.

Joe Namath, decked out in a gaudy fur coat, had the game's first false start.

The legendary Jets quarterback was tasked with the opening coin flip but chucked it into the air too soon. Referee Terry McAulay alertly caught the coin before it hit the ground and had Namath flip it again.

As for that fur coat, which was such a phenomenon it immediately spawned its own Twitter account? PETA was not amused.

The animal rights group tweeted: "Dear @RealJoeNamath, The fur on your massive coat was meant for ANIMALS :( Please consider FAUX! #SuperBowl."

BULLYING SCANDAL

NFL Network reported Sunday that the Ted Wells report on the Dolphins' bullying scandal is expected to be delivered Thursday.

When asked if the NFL Network report was accurate, an NFL spokesman said: "No. We have no information on the timing of the report."

Wells' report, requested by owner Stephen Ross after details of the Dolphins' locker room misconduct were made public, has been ready for some time. However, its release has been delayed until after the Super Bowl.

INACTIVES

Former FIU offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann was among the Seahawks' seven inactive players. He was hoping to become the first Panthers player to appear in a Super Bowl.

Nick Turnbull, then of the Chicago Bears, reached the Super Bowl seven years ago but likewise did not dress.

Other Seattle inactives: wide receiver Bryan Walters, running back Christine Michael, tackle Michael Bowie, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive end Benson Mayowa and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

Inactive Broncos were: quarterback Zac Dysert, running back Ronnie Hillman, cornerback Quentin Jammer, tackle Vinston Painter, guard Chris Kuper, tight end Joel Dreessen and defensive tackle Sione Fua.

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