Sports photos of the week, Feb. 2

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With weeks of unrelenting pre-game coverage, it's almost impossible for the Super Bowl to live up to all the hype. However, this year's contest somehow managed to exceed any and all expectations, as the Patriots and Seahawks delivered a thriller right down to the final seconds.

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New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Mississippi forward Shequila Joseph (11) attempts to pass the ball under pressure from South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell (25), Alaina Coates (41) and A'ja Wilson (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Oxford, Miss. South Carolina won 77-59. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 27: Lee Westwood of England takes a ball out of a golf hole on the putting green during a practice round prior to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club on January 27, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - JANUARY 27: Orga Cadet, a student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, plays football with friends on the Quad, on the campus of Harvard University on January 27, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston, and much of the Northeast, is being hit with heavy snow from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) flips as he runs up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A participant, who urges people to stop eating shark fin, runs wearing a shark outfit, during the Hong Kong Marathon Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. More than 73,000 runners from more than 40 countries registered to take part in the 10-km races, 10-km wheelchair races, half-marathon and marathon races in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Alexander Majorov of Sweden performs on ice during the men's short program of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships on January 28, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Willian, right, keeps the ball from Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Kei Nishikori of Japan serves in his quarterfinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during day 10 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan falls into a row of fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 27: Cal Clutterbuck #15 of the New York Islanders celebrates a goal by Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (not shown) at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 4-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 28: A competitor walks up the 10th hole with his caddie during the pro-am ahead of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on January 28, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
TELFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: A competitor jumps over fire during the annual Tough Guy Challenge race on February 1, 2015 in Telford, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic bites a ball during his semifinal match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, left, in action against Villarreal's goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo eyes a shot by the New Jersey Devils during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) George Kambosos Jr. throws a right at Rodynie Rafol during their Leightweight bout at during the Footy Show Fight Night at Allphones Arena on January 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Creighton's James Milliken (23) tries to drive around Georgetown's L.J. Peak (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers reacts after scoring a goal in the third period against Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning championship point in her women's final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 13 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard struggle for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 105-99 and stretched its winning streak to 18. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 31: Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings whacks the pucks to the ice for warm-ups prior to the NHL game against the New York Islanders on January 31, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
VAL DI FIEMME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 01: (FRANCE OUT) Maxime Laheurte of France competes during the FIS Nordic World Cup Men's HS134/10k on February 01, 2015 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo by Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on as Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after he won their match during day 14 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 and Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Though Super Bowl XLIX dominated headlines, the big game was far from the only sports action from the previous week and we have the photos to prove it.

From a riveting Australian Open to the toughest "Tough Guy Challenge" you'll ever see, our collection of the week's best sports photos has a little something for everyone.

And, in case you missed it, check out last week's gallery below.

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Algeria's Rafik Halliche, right, controls the ball in front of South Africa's Sibusiso Vilakazi, during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Algeria and South Africa in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24: Sammie Coates #18 of the South team catches a pass in front of Josh Shaw #16 of the North team during the second quarter of the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles stadium on January 24, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (2) celebrates after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in New York. New York won 113-106. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Chievo Verona goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri, top left, and Juventus' Martin Caceres go for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Chievo Verona at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
Jeremy Abbott performs during an exhibition after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 25: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues and Team Foligno defends against Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames and Team Toews during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
KREISCHBERG, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 17: An athlet competes during Snowboard Slopestyle training for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on January 17, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, left, and Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson battle for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 92-86. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Australia's Tim Cahill performs an overhead kick to score Australia's first goal during the AFC Asia Cup quarterfinal soccer match between China and Australia in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was rotated from its original perspective.) Daria Gavrilova of Australia plays a forehand in her first round match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during day one of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry, second from left, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis, second from right, as forward Donatas Motiejunas, left, of Lithuania, watches along with guard Jeremy Lin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Fidel Maldonado Jr., left, reacts after sending Amir Imam to the mat during their boxing bout Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. Imam won when the fight was stopped in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 24: Chris Kandu of Great Britain on his way to winning the mens high jump during the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match at Emirates Arena on January 24, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Tom Shaw - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)
Venus Williams of the U.S. eyes on the shot to Camila Giorgi of Italyduring their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Emma Keleher of ES competes in Women Hammer Throw during the Briggs Athletics Classic at Domain Athletic Centre on February 23, 2013 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
Maryland players celebrate after guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, bottom, scored a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 85-56. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers mix it up in the corner as Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays injured on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Fans watch Alan Clyne, of Scotland, center, return a shot to Saurav Ghosal, of India, right, during the Tournament of Champions squash tournament at Grand Central Terminal Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his first round match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia during day two of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Equatorial Guinea's players warm up for their African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match against Gabon in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 22: Anthony Collins #11 of the USF Bulls wrestles for the ball with Jaylen Bond #15, Quenton DeCosey #25, and Will Cummings #2 of the Temple Owls on January 22, 2015 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Owls defeated the Bulls 73-48 (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25: Team Carter defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans tries to sack Team Irvin quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the second half of the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
OBERSTDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 25: Eva Pinkelnig of Austria competes during day two of the Women Ski Jumping World Cup event at Schattenberg-Schanze Erdinger Arena on January 25, 2015 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21: Jan Hejda #8 of the Colorado Avalanche puts a hit on Carl Soderberg #34 of the Boston Bruins and up ends him at Pepsi Center on January 21, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: The field in the Karaka Million approach the finish line during the Karaka Million race meet at Ellerslie Racecourse on January 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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