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The Puppy Bowl Will Feature Three Special-Needs Dogs This Year

Competition is looking ruff.

Posted on January 3, 2017, at 6:20 p.m. ET

In case you're (somehow) not already familiar, the Puppy Bowl is an annual football game played by — you guessed it — puppies.

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The event airs on Animal Planet on Super Bowl Sunday, and will feature 78 (🚨adoptable!!!!!!!!🚨) very good dogs.

This year's roster was released on Tuesday, and competition is looking...ruff.

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Just check out Puddles and her pure, unbridled athleticism.

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And Stormy's unstoppable game face.

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Smooshie looks tough to beat, that's for sure.

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And no player stands a CHANCE against Squirt.

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The game will also feature three special-needs players. Here's Winston, who has vision and hearing impairments, "but has a sixth sense for the end zone."

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And Lucky, who's got three legs and one killer game face.

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And Doobert, who's completely deaf (and certain to leave the game with a modeling contract).

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People are already rooting for their favorites.

Meet Buttons, the dog who's gonna QB his team to a win in the Puppy Bowl

omg they're letting Ewoks participate in the Puppy Bowl this year! https://t.co/ynq6mN45u4

Puppy Bowl time is the best time. LOOK AT SLIPPERS!

Lucky's already got a growing fanbase.

THERES GOING TO BE A THREE LEGGED DOG IN THE PUPPY BOWL THIS YEAR AND IM GOING TO CRY

🚨🚨🚨THREE LEGGED DOG IN THE PUPPY BOWL🚨🚨🚨

In the end, no matter who wins, we all win, because dogs.

BREAKING: Extremely good pups gonna play some football https://t.co/o8GgHq2rh6

Check out more of the starting lineup on Animal Planet.

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