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January 14, 2013 | Volume 118, Issue 2

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Eddie  Lacy Cover - Sports Illustrated January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013
I understand that Ben Reiter's article on the controversial call from the Packers-Seahawks game (This Photo Tells a Story) was intended to present the referees' side, but it still does not change...

January 14, 2013
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

January 14, 2013 | S.L. PRICE
Retirement near, image rehabilitation seemingly complete, Ray Lewis remains most compelling for the pure intensity he brought to the field

January 14, 2013 | S.L. PRICE
Spurs forward Stephen Jackson suffered a sprained right ankle during a game against the Knicks last Thursday at Madison Square Garden when he tripped over a waitress who was crouched courtside...

January 14, 2013
HOT: USA! USA!

January 14, 2013 | Kostya Kennedy
A new reality series offers an amusing and affecting look at the improbable domestic life of Pete Rose

January 14, 2013 | Kostya Kennedy
"Because we're old as s---."

January 14, 2013 | Kostya Kennedy
How the week's two historic settlements stack up

January 14, 2013 | Mark Bechtel
Last weekend's wild-card games were decidedly unwild: Only one of the four games was decided by fewer than 10 points. And certainly none stacks up with these eight, the best conference playoff...

January 14, 2013 | Mark Bechtel
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January 14, 2013 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
ANDERS BROMAN

January 14, 2013 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Olympic discus champion Robert Harting of Germany (left), whose shirt-shredding victory celebration was a highlight of the London Games, is auctioning off his Olympic uniform to raise money to...

January 14, 2013 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
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January 14, 2013 | DAN PATRICK
GRAVITATIONALLY CHALLENGED

January 14, 2013 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

January 14, 2013 | Tim Layden
ALABAMA TURNED WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEFENSIVE SHOWDOWN INTO AN OFFENSIVE BEATDOWN, AND BY THE SECOND HALF THE ONLY COMPETITION REMAINING WAS BETWEEN THE SCHOOL'S OLD COACH AND ITS CURRENT ONE

January 14, 2013 | Tim Layden
SI's bowl-season roundup has the biggest wins, the greatest players, the teams that soared and those that sank, the upsets, the routs, the passion and the best pictures on the web at SI.com/cfb

January 14, 2013 | MALLORY RUBIN
After watching 68 teams compete in 34 bowls—from the Gildan New Mexico to the GoDaddy.com—SI's college football experts came away most impressed by these performances

January 14, 2013
EXTRA: PATRIOTS RUN!

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
A title-tested quarterback, a fearsome pass rush, a healthy roster and the confidence to win on the road—Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers fit the Lombardi formula. But they'll have to get past Peyton...

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
After a wildly entertaining—and often mind-boggling—18 weeks of football, Peter King is sticking with the Super Bowl picks he made at the start of it all

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
After much meditation—some of it ongoing—Peter King dishes out his year-end honors

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
Charting the season's highs and lows

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
SI's experts break down the divisional round matchups, making the case for each of 2012's final eight teams.

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
A closer look at Peter King's picks for this season's awards

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
Complete coverage of the NFL playoffs, including Peter King's and Chris Burke's breakdowns of each divisional-round game, at SI.com/mag

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
This Falcons team is not much different from the one that slunk out of the Meadowlands 24--2 losers to the Giants in an NFC wild-card game last year—save for one very important newbie, offensive...

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
Because Seattle rushes the QB with such ferocity, expect Matt Ryan to continue drawing in the pass rush, dumping off screens to WRs and to Jacquizz Rodgers, who'll take advantage of his lateral...

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
It's possible that Seattle's D coordinator Gus Bradley will use safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in some coverages on Tony Gonzalez, but Gonzalez (who knows this may be his last chance to...

January 14, 2013 | Peter King
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January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
GEORGIA DOME ATLANTA

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Marshawn Lynch sets the table, creating passing opportunities as LBs and safeties bite on play-action fakes. Russell Wilson is also a running threat: He had 67 yards on eight carries against...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Atlanta's undersized run defense has struggled against mobile QBs: Cam Newton ran the read option for 394 yards in two games against the Falcons, and the RG3-led Redskins rushed for 129. Russell...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
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January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
The 49ers came within an overtime loss of reaching the Super Bowl last season, and they have the talent to go further this year. The questions confronting them, however, are more significant than...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
The Niners employ multiple personnel packages—12 groupings in the first 15 snaps in a 30--22 Week 1 win over Green Bay—but the offense still revolves around RB Frank Gore, with his vision, balance...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Michael Crabtree is on the hottest five-game streak of his career: 35 catches, 538 yards, four TDs. Green Bay CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams will have to be physical at the line to slow...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
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January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
CANDLESTICK PARK SAN FRANCISCO

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
The Packers will hope to emulate the Seahawks' 42--13 pasting of San Francisco on Dec. 23, when Seattle got 111 rushing yards from Marshawn Lynch. Niners DE Justin Smith missed that game with a...

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
Randall Cobb is a speedy, sure-handed, dynamic receiver who has emerged in his second season as Green Bay's premier big-play threat, usually from the slot. When there he'll face CB Carlos Rogers,...

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
1.03; 1.13

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Oftentimes in football the delivery can be more powerful than the message. Example: Late in the season Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil addressed the possibility of Denver's earning home field...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Their offense revolves around you-know-who. Take away one of his targets—WRs Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker or Brandon Stokley, or TE Jacob Tamme—and Manning's O.K. going elsewhere; and he's...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
At 6' 3", 229 pounds, Demaryius Thomas is tough one-on-one, but the Ravens' secondary (which allowed Reggie Wayne 114 yards on Sunday) likely won't commit an extra defender to him; that would...

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
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January 14, 2013 | Matt Gagne
SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD DENVER

January 14, 2013 | Matt Gagne
The most noticeable change since offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired and replaced by QB coach Jim Caldwell on Dec. 10 has been the emergence of rookie third-round RB Bernard Pierce, who...

January 14, 2013 | Matt Gagne
According to Pro Football Focus, Dannell Ellerbe, playing for an injured Ray Lewis, was the NFL's most efficient ILB at harassing QBs, with 18 pressures (sacks, hits, hurries) on 79 blitzes. With...

January 14, 2013 | Matt Gagne
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January 14, 2013 | Ben Reiter
They are wrapped around the clothing rod in Stevan Ridley's Gillette Stadium locker like a tropical vine: gloves, eight pairs or more, and in a variety of colors—black and purple and pink and navy...

January 14, 2013 | Ben Reiter
During the Patriots' December embarrassment of Houston, Brandon Lloyd had seven catches for 89 yards against Pro Bowl CB Johnathan Joseph, who was slowed by groin and hamstring injuries. Joseph is...

January 14, 2013 | Ben Reiter
DE Rob Ninkovich has turned himself, at 28, into the Pats' sacks leader (eight) through perseverance and savvy, "setting guys up, using your hands, changing things up," he says. The man he'll...

January 14, 2013 | Ben Reiter
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January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
GILLETTE STADIUM FOXBOROUGH, MASS.

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
The Texans will stay far away from credenza-like NT Vince Wilfork, who helped limit Arian Foster to 46 yards in December. It didn't help Foster that the Pats jumped to a 28--0 lead, making Houston...

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
For a team that relies on TEs on offense, their D is rather poor in covering the position. LBs Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower are superb run-stuffers but struggle in coverage; Jerod Mayo has...

January 14, 2013 | Austin Murphy
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January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
THE BRONCOS' D, BEST IN THESE PLAYOFFS, RIDES ON THE SHOULDERS OF VON MILLER, A SACK-MACHINE LINEBACKER WHO'S STILL LEARNING HIS JOB

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
As a strongside 'backer, Von Miller does most of his damage from the left side of the defensive formation. A chart of each of Miller's 18½ sacks this season shows his varying routes to the QB

January 14, 2013 | Jim Trotter
Get postseason coverage 24/7 from SI's NFL team, including analysis and predictions from Peter King, Jim Trotter, Don Banks, Chris Burke and more at SI.com/mag

January 14, 2013 | Thomas Lake
OVER MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THE AUTHOR HAS LEARNED SOME OF LIFE'S BITTEREST LESSONS AS A HOPELESSLY DEVOTED FAN OF LUCKLESS ATLANTA. BUT THIS YEAR? THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT

January 14, 2013 | STEVE RUSHIN
With the exception of undertakers, athletes are the only professionals obliged to feign sorrow on a daily basis, pretending that every June baseball loss is a tragedy requiring library silence in...

January 14, 2013 | DAVID DUSEK
FOR THE SONY OPEN IN HAWAII

January 14, 2013 | Alan Shipnuck
DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE BOYISH ENTHUSIASM. A FEAR OF FAILURE KEEPS RYDER CUP STAR KEEGAN BRADLEY FOCUSED AND WORKING HARD

January 14, 2013 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
Last year may not have brought us the promised Mayan apocalypse, but in 2013, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will blot out parity.

January 14, 2013 | Sal Johnson
If your goal is to be top dog on the PGA Tour, it is critical to get off to a fast start, right? Not necessarily. The last player to lead the money list after the West Coast and Florida swings and...