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“It’s historically warmer on Feb. 2,” Mara said with a smile, knowing average February temperatures in East Rutherford range from 24 to 40 degrees.

Of course, there’s the possibility of snow, freezing rain, blustery winds and all the accompanying elements.

That will not be a factor in Arizona. The NFL has seemed eager to return to the Valley of the Sun since the Giants' upset of the then-unbeaten Patriots on Feb. 3, 2008.

“This is huge for Arizona,” bid leader Mike Kennedy said. “It feels really satisfying.”