5 Most Paw-Dorable Moments from the Puppy Bowl

Chestnut the dog made this year’s starting lineup

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02/03/2013 AT 5:15 PM ET

Rooting for the Baltimore Ravens? Hoping the San Francisco 49ers win big?

Well, here’s something we can all root for: puppies. Puppies chasing balls. Puppies chasing each other. Puppies captured chasing balls and each other in slow-motion. (Okay, enough said.)

If it’s not the biggest game of the day, the Puppy Bowl IX, paws down, is certainly the most fur-ocious. But it gets even sweeter: The pigskin-loving pooches are all rescues.

In case you (and your four-legged friends) missed all the paw-dorable action, we’re bringing you the view from the field. (Desktop users can scroll through the photos at the top.)

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1. As Good as Gold
Sometimes, you go for the touchdown. Sometimes, you just sit down, like this golden retriever pup.

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2. Friendly Competition
Did the referee cite these canines for excessive ruff play? We thought so.

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3. Good Sport
Yup, ref Dan Schachner definitely needs to knock off at least 10 yards for excessive cuteness right here.

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4. Playing the Field
At the Puppy Bowl, it’s important that you always put your best paw forward.

Puppy Bowl 2013

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5. Group Huddle
Er, cuddle? This is way better than that Vince Lombardi Trophy thingy.