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Royals vs. Giants. Bumgarner vs. Bullpens. Baseball's Past vs. Present.

WORLD SERIES: FUTURE CLASSIC

By Tom Verducci

P. 28

THE RAPTORS PLAY THE LONG GAME

P. 48

THE NEXT GRONK

(Literally)

P. 42

HEAVY LIES THE CROWN

Russell Wilson pulled some of his old, late magic, leading the Seahawks to a last-minute touchdown to defeat the Panthers on Sunday.

STORM CLOUDS EVERYWHERE, BUT THE DEFENDING CHAMPS AREN'T AS BAD AS THEY'VE LOOKED—OR AS GOOD AS PREDICTED

BY GREG BISHOP

P. 36

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ON THE COVER: SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RUSSELL WILSON)