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COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
PARTY CRASHERS
LED BY EZEKIEL ELLIOTT'S HARD-CHARGING RUNS, CARDALE JONES'S RESILIENCE AND A DEFENSE THAT DIDN'T REST, OHIO STATE GROUND DOWN HIGH-FLYING OREGON, AND THE LOWEST SEED IN THE FIRST PLAYOFF EVER TOOK HOME THE TITLE
Best Games
THE 2014 SEASON PROVIDED ITS SHARE OF COMEBACKS, UPSETS AND SHOOTOUTS. THESE WERE THE ONES TO SEE
NFL
COMING IN FROM THE COLD
The Packers' D was ordinary until a daring decision to move their best pass rusher from outside to inside linebacker. Now Green Bay is tough on the ground—and in position for a run at another Lombardi Trophy
$#*! EARL THOMAS SAYS
He may be the least discussed of the Legion of Boom DBs—such is life when you're shutting down the deep regions beyond the TV cameras' view. But Seattle's heat-seeking free safety is the one you most ought to talk to
Herd Mentality
A star QB pulls the reins, but the Colts' playoff run is built on unlikely depth-chart climbers
BOXING
Nick Young
POINT AFTER
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Squeeze Play
His favorite team may have ridden off into the sunset, but Chris Christie's run through the NFL playoffs sheds light on the interplay of sports and politics