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January 11, 2016

Three local puppies to compete in Puppy Bowl XII

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Local pups Marley, Leah and Kevin will compete in Puppy Bowl XII.

While the Philadelphia Eagles won't be taking the field for the much-anticipated Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7Philly will still be represented at another beloved competition – Puppy Bowl XII.

Three local dogs will participate in the competition that pits Team Ruff vs. Team Fluff in an all-out battle of competitiveness and cuteness.

Animal Planet released its furry starting lineup for Puppy Bowl XII, an event that features shelter pups from around the country, complete with a cat-based halftime show.

Three area shelters will be represented this year: Morris Animal Refuge in Center City, New Life Animal Rescue in Marlton and Salfid Rescue Inc. in Souderton.

Kevin, a male schnauzer from New Life Animal Rescue, will compete for Team Fluff. 

Salfid's Puppy Bowl contender Marley, a male Labrador retriever, will participate for Team Ruff, alongside Philly's own rottweiler Leah.

Marley, Leah and Kevin have already found their forever homes ahead of the big day.

Watch the pups in action on Feb. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. 

In the meantime, experience 360 degrees of cute in this first-ever Official Puppy Bowl Virtual Reality practice video.