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30 | WORLD SERIES

David Ortiz

As a study in resilience, Big Papi's story mirrors the story of Boston itself

By Tom Verducci

40 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Baylor

Art Briles has another QB in the Heisman hunt—and the Bears in the BCS title picture

By Andy Staples

46 | NFL SECOND HALF PREVIEW

The Chiefs

K.C.'s turnaround is built on strong players, a shrewd front office and its new coach

By Peter King

• SI'S ALL-PRO TEAM

• POSTSEASON AWARDS

• CHIP KELLY IS ON TO SOMETHING

The Seahawks

A supporter of the enemy traveled to CenturyLink Field to better understand this rabid fan base

By Chris Ballard

2 | SI Digital

4 | Leading Off

14 | The Mail

16 | Scorecard

24 | Faces in The Crowd

27 | Just My Type

Dan Patrick: David Shaw's success isn't just due to Luck

68 | Point After

Richard Sherman: If I were commissioner of the NFL ...

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JOE MCNALLY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ORTIZ AND POLICE)

BOSTON'S BRAVEST David Ortiz pays tribute to three first responders at last April's marathon bombing.

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JOHN TLUMACKI/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES (COVER INSET)

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JEFF JACOBSEN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BAYLOR)

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DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (CHIEFS)

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ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SEATTLE FAN)