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Gazette Premium Content SUPER BOWL WATCH: Welcome to New Jersey

Associated Press Updated: February 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A look at the Super Bowl on Sunday night between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

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ROMNEY WANTS COLORADO WIN: Mitt Romney isn't one to hold a grudge, at least when it comes to football: The former Massachusetts governor says he'll be rooting for Denver, even though the Broncos whipped his Patriots in the AFC title game.

"I've got to be pulling for the Broncos, but only barely," he said, noting the Patriots' defeat. He added: "You know Peyton Manning is quite a story. We want to see how he performs against the best defense of the league."

Romney had previously attended a Patriots Super Bowl.

"It's great to be here, to see people from all over the country and actually some from other nations, come in here and celebrate a great sport," he said.

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SCARY SITUATIONS: Emergency medical workers pushed their way through the crowd to treat several people who collapsed at a packed New Jersey train station on the way to the game.

Long lines came to a standstill in front of airport-style security machines at Secaucus Junction. People were squeezed together in an enclosed stairwell.

As more trains arrived, police tried to thin the sweating, jostling crowd by spreading people across the platform.

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POPULAR PICKS: Denis Leary is rooting for Russell Wilson to win it all because he thinks there needs to be a little parity when it comes to who owns the Lombardi trophy.

"The Manning family had three trophies," the comedian and actor said, referring to Eli Manning's two and brother Peyton's one. If the Broncos defeat the Seahawks, Peyton Manning would get his second.

"I love Russell Wilson and they're the underdogs so I'm rooting for them," said Leary on the red carpet at MetLife Stadium before the game began.

Harry Connick Jr. was also a fan of Wilson but wasn't ready to jump on the Seahawks bandwagon just yet.

"I'm happy to see a great game, but I can't bring myself to root for a specific team," the "American Idol" judge said.

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WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY: After nearly four years of speculation about a Super Bowl played in the freezing cold and swirling snow, the big day has come and it looks a lot like ... spring.

As fans started to file into the stadium three hours before the game, many didn't even wear jackets: A sweatshirt under a jersey was plenty. The temperature was in the low 50s under cloudy skies with a few raindrops, though snow in the forecast could make it tough for out-of-towners to make it home Monday.

Players in shorts warmed up on the field, and TV commentators stood around in their sport coats.

The record low for a Super Bowl appears safe — 34 degrees in 1972 in New Orleans, a mere 1,000 miles south of East Rutherford.

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Associated Press Writer David Porter and AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.

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