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18 About Face
New England's crushing defeat of Buffalo marked a reversal of fortune for both teams
by Michael Silver

22 Back to the Future
Pittsburgh evoked the past in a bruising victory over Cleveland that clinched the division title
by Peter King

30 The Frosh Prince
A new hometown hero, of sorts, helped Indiana light up potent Kansas in basketball
by Jack McCallum

36 Let's Hand It to Him
Niner Jerry Rice's dedication has made him the best receiver in NFL history
by Rick Telander

46 Great Leap Upward
As Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway soar, the Magic is hitting the heights
by Phil Taylor

56 Bowl Previews

A school's going to a bowl, unless it is one of the big games, makes little financial sense
by Tim Layden

Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter reigns while carrying on the field and carrying on at home
by Tim Layden

The offensive line underpins the national-title hopes of perennial bowl loser Nebraska
by S.L. Price

For Florida State kicker Scott Bentley, growing up has been painfully public
by Austin Murphy

90 When Your Dream Dies
After a high school referee missed a call, his life no longer seemed worth living
by Rick Reilly


6 Faces in the Crowd
8 Letters
11 Scorecard
103 Inside the NFL
106 Point After

Cover Photograph by Peter Read Miller



Goal Line Plunge: The Bills' Marvcus Patton found it a real downer when the Pats' Marion Butts rammed the ball home during New England's rout on Sunday (page 18).