Leading Off

January 19, 2015
PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDMany Pats on The Back New England defensive backs Devin McCourty (with ball) and Darrelle Revis—with surrogate safety support from 6'6" tight end Rob Gronkowski (87)—made sure Ravens receivers Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken (11) couldn't haul in a Hail Mary, sealing a 35--31 AFC divisional playoff win last Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. In addition to his defense, Gronkowski had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBetter Luck This Time Colts quarterback Andrew Luck frustrated end Derek Wolfe and the Broncos on Sunday, throwing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a 24--13 upset of Denver (page 47). In the teams' first meeting this season—the 2014 opener—Denver came up with three sacks in a 31--24 win; in the AFC divisional playoff matchup Luck wasn't sacked once. PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ROD MAR FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDLeap Before They Look Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor took the direct route—twice—to try to block field goals by the Panthers' Graham Gano late in the second quarter of their NFC divisional game in Seattle. The first time Chancellor hurdled the line Gano made his kick, but the play was whistled dead for a Carolina false start; the second time Gano missed, but Chancellor ran into the kicker. The third time Chancellor chose not to jump, and Gano connected on a 35-yarder to cut the lead to 14--10. The Panthers got no closer in a 31--17 loss (page 42).

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)