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Feb. 04, 2013
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Feb. 4, 2013

THE MAIL
LEADING OFF
SUPER BOWL XLVII
  • FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SUPER BOWLS HAVE BEEN DECIDED ON THE FINAL DRIVE. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP COULD WELL COME DOWN TO A TWO-MINUTE DRILL—AND TO HOW WELL JOE FLACCO OR COLIN KAEPERNICK HANDLES THE PRESSURE WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICK ... TICK ... TICKING

  • Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

  • HarBowl, Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis's last game—you already know the popular plotlines. But these games often come down to the small stuff. For regurgitation during Super Bowl XLVII, consider these subplots and supporting characters

  • THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH—BUT THEY'RE UNLIKELY TO TAKE HOME THE LOMBARDI TROPHY THIS WEEK. HOW CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RECONCILE THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR FAITH

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • U.S. STRIKER HÉRCULEZ GÓMEZ RESCUED HIS CAREER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, AND NOW HE'S THRIVING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST CITIES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

SPECIAL REPORT
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SUPER BOWL XLVII

This is an article from the Feb. 4, 2013 issue

30 The Maddest Two Minutes

Four of the last five Super Bowls have been decided on the final drive. How would Joe Flacco or Colin Kaepernick handle that kind of pressure?

BY AUSTIN MURPHY

The best, and worst, last drives

Super Bowl plotlines

38 Religion in Sports

How Christian athletes reconcile the culture of football with their faith

BY MARK OPPENHEIMER

FEATURES

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

44 VCU'S HAVOC

Not since Nolan Richardson's Arkansas teams hath a program unleashed 40 minutes of hell quite like these men of steal

BY LUKE WINN

SOCCER

48 Hérculez Gómez

MLS soccer was hell for the 30-year-old U.S. striker. Then his career was rescued, amazingly, in one of the world's deadliest cities

BY GRANT WAHL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

52 Famous Sons

The Te'o saga isn't the only Notre Dame story. Meet Corey Robinson and Torii Hunter Jr. Do their last names ring a bell?

BY ALBERT CHEN

SPECIAL REPORT

58 The Strangest Stuff

It might be snake oil, but there are plenty of athletes who are buying in to these supposed performance enhancers

BY DAVID EPSTEIN AND GEORGE DOHRMANN

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI Digital

6 The Mail

8 Leading Off

16 Scorecard

The cradle of Super QBs is Dela-where?

24 Faces in the Crowd

25 Just My Type

Les Miles talks recruiting strategy

BY DAN PATRICK

68 Point After

Sports have special meaning for inmates

BY JEFF DESKOVIC

ON THE COVER: Ray Lewis photographed in Florida in 2006 by Michael O'Neill

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PHOTOROBERT RIGER/GETTY IMAGESCAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Johnny Unitas, godfather of the two-minute drill, hushes the crowd during the Colts' championship-clinching drive against the Giants in 1958.