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.
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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