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February 3, 2014

Seahawks put Super Bowl away early, ads were safe

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After that, he was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who cavorted shirtless on stage as they joined the man who was still a child when the song they played, "Give It Away," was a hit.

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NO TIME FOR TRAFFIC PROBLEMS: Fans on the way to the game collapsed from overcrowding and heat at Secaucus Junction, where TSA-style security checks created a bottleneck on the way to the game.

Fans converged on the rail station for the return trip, clogging the platform as trains loaded and left when full. NJ Transit said a second platform was opened to accommodate the crowds. More than an hour after Seattle completed its 43-8 victory over Denver, long delays remained for crowds trying to leave the stadium area.

Nearly 28,000 fans rode the rails from Secaucus Junction, where all trains connect to MetLife Stadium. That's nearly double projections by event organizers, and well above the previous New Jersey Transit record of 22,000 set at a 2009 U2 concert.

At an average New York Giants or New York Jets game, about 8,000 people take the trains.

Waiting for a train, Seattle natives Jeff Chapman, 40, and childhood friend Willie Whitmore, 39, were anxious to get home.

"This is a joke," griped Chapman, an engineer. "We're not even from here and we could've told you this would've happened."

"What do you expect when you don't give people any other option to get home," added Whitmore, a project manager. "It's ridiculous."

Dan Steidl, 27, from Green Bay, Wis., was waiting for 45 minutes with very little movement.

"This is terrible," he said. "I'm ready to get out of here, but I don't know when that'll happen."

A NJ Transit spokesman told The Associated Press early Monday that nearly 25,000 passengers had been moved to Secaucus by midnight, two hours after the game, and that overall it was a "tremendous success," considering the volume of passengers transported without accident or incident.

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