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Jan. 26, 2015
Jan. 26, 2015

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Jan. 26, 2015

INBOX
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
NFL PLAYOFFS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
RED ARMY
  • THE GREAT SOVIET TEAMS OF THE 1980S WERE LED BY THE FABLED GREEN UNIT, FIVE PLAYERS WHOSE SKILL AND ARTISTRY WERE UNMATCHED. BUT AS A NEW DOCUMENTARY SHOWS, THESE MEN WERE MORE THAN HOCKEY AUTOMATONS—AND THEIR SPIRIT WAS SOMETHING EVEN A REPRESSIVE REGIME COULD NOT STIFLE

CHANGING LANES
  • TONY BLAKE, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALL-IVY LEAGUE SWIMMER, VANISHED A FEW MONTHS SHORT OF HIS YALE GRADUATION. WHILE CLASSMATES WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM, HE ROAMED THE WORLD, TOOK ON A NEW NAME AND FOUND HIS PASSION IN THE UNLIKELIEST OF PLACES

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NFL PLAYOFFS

This is an article from the Jan. 26, 2015 issue

26 The Seahawks

Inside one of the most amazing comebacks in NFL postseason history

By Austin Murphy

34 The Patriots

Luck wasn't enough for Indianapolis against Bill Belichick's juggernaut

By Greg Bishop

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

42 Buddy Hield

Life is a blast to a reggae beat with the Sooners' guard around

By Dan Greene

GOLF

48 Dustin Johnson

After a curiously timed hiatus, he's on a mission to reach his potential

By Pete Thamel

HOCKEY

52 Red Army

The complicated men behind the Soviet hockey machine

By Ben Reiter

BONUS

56 Changing Lanes

From an Ivy League swimming star to a truckers' fitness guru

By L. Jon Wertheim

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4 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

12 Inbox

14 Scorecard

18 Faces in The Crowd

20 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Cardale Jones on staying in school

64 Point After

Phil Taylor: The sadness of a Knicks superfan

ON THE COVER: SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (INSET)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY WINSLOW TOWNSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDORDER RESTORED After three whole years away, Tom Brady and New England are back in the Super Bowl.