Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. Seahawks dominate the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl was a super blowout, with the Seattle Seahawks stomping the Denver Broncos to win their first title. The Broncos stunk literally from the first play of the game on the way to 43-8 loss. Read more in SPORTS.
The Seahawk's Richard Sherman decided not to be a sore winner this time around:
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York City apartment
The 46-year-old Oscar winning actor was found with a syringe in his arm and died from an apparent drug overdose. The inspired artist was known for his talent on the small screen, silver screen and even the stage. He earned three Tony and three Oscar nominations during his career and won the Oscar for Best Actor in Capote in 2005. Read more in ENTERTAINMENT.
Celebrity deaths involving overdoses spark conversations and concerns about the dangers of drugs:
3. Obama and O'Reilly have testy discussion
President Barack Obama didn't hold back when defending himself in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Sunday. Obama responded to questions on the health care website, the IRS scandal and the Benghazi scandal as if he were in a debate and even called out the network for continuing to dig up otherwise-forgotten controversies. Read more in POLITICS.
Later in the day, another high-profile democrat said her piece about Fox:
4. Dylan Farrow pens an upsetting account
The adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and film director Woody Allen wrote an open letter for the New York Times in which she describes the horror of sexual abuse inflicted on her by Allen. The award-winning director was investigated on child molestation accusations when they were first brought upon him by Mia Farrow in 1992. Allen was never charged though, which his lawyer pointed out in a response to the resurfaced claims. Read more in U.S. NEWS.
5. Not again! More snow on the way
A wide section of the U.S. from the Northeast, through the Midwest, all the way to Texas can expect back-to-back storms. The winter weather has already hit the Northeast this morning, while the Midwest will get hit hard in the middle of the week with up to six inches of snow as well as dangerous ice accumulation in some states. Read more in WEATHER.
6. When the Seahawks weren't beating the Broncos ...
Many people watch the Super Bowl not for the game but for the ads and halftime show -- which lasts almost as long as the second quarter. This year, early reviews tend to agree that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were solid during the halftime show, while the commercials fell flat. Read more in BUSINESS.
... What's trending today?
Some commercials had people talking though. Gwen Dean, 36, quit her job on a Go Daddy commercial and emailed her boss her two weeks' notice right after the commercial aired. She'll be on the TODAY show this morning to talk about it ... probably in an effort to delay having to face her ex-boss.