Greg Bishop is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated whose feature subjects have ranged from Ricky Williams to Adrian Peterson to Aaron Rodgers. He spent time as the Jets beat writer for the New York Times and the Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.
Plagued for years by bad mojo, one of the NFL’s iconic franchises desperately needed a change of fortune. Andy Reid’s arrival began the turnaround, and now the Kansas City faithful—fans, former players, the guys suiting up this Sunday—believe the final postseason piece is in place: Patrick.
In a box during the Chiefs-Colts divisional-round matchup, Patrick Mahomes's family and closest friends exuded a nervous confidence throughout the game. As they watched Mahomes brilliantly step up to the occasion, those closest to the quarterback knew all along that the importance of the situation wouldn’t sway him.
Been there, done that: Again in 2018, Philly called on its modest (but statistically mind-blowing) backup QB to save the season. Now heading into the playoffs, he and the Super Bowl champs are, justifiably, loaded with confidence. After all, they’ve seen it before.
SI spent the last four months with the Vikings: observing cryotherapy, watching film with coaches and strolling with the GM, trying to capture a franchise on the cusp of glory. Instead, something far more true to the NFL happened—an unpredictable, volatile season. These are the highs and lows of Minnesota’s journey, with an ending yet to come.
Anatoily Lomachenko is a lot more than just Loma’s father. He’s also his world-class trainer and the man behind Oleksandr Usyk and a bevy of other dominant forces, making him SI’s 2018 boxing trainer of the year.