SIX PHOTOSPHOTOGRAPHS BY ROD MAR FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBefore They Were Champs What goes into a week of Super Bowl preparation? Handshakes, hoops and haircuts, for starters. Photographer Rod Mar went behind the scenes with the Seahawks in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, capturing the NFL's youngest—and loosest—group of players as they got ready for the game of their lives. 1 Cornerback Richard Sherman got a New Jersey welcome at the Newark airport 2 Wideout Golden Tate caught some Z's in the MetLife Stadium locker room 3 Quarterback Russell Wilson posed for teammates on media day 4 Coach Pete Carroll worked on his jumper before the first team meeting in New Jersey 5 Strong safety Kam Chancellor got a trim a few days before the game 6 Fullback Michael Robinson watched running mate Marshawn Lynch (in mask) work on his game face SIX PHOTOSPHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC LARS BAKKE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDBefore They Were Beaten You wouldn't know it from the way they played on Sunday, but the Broncos were a relaxed bunch too during Super Bowl week. As Rod Mar was with the Seahawks, photographer Eric Lars Bakke was granted exclusive behind-the-curtain access to Denver in the days leading up to its orange crushing. Here's how the Broncos looked when they gathered for their team picture. 1 Players primped before posing 2 Linebacker Danny Trevathan, defensive end Shaun Phillips and defensive end Robert Ayers (left to right) yukked it up in the locker room 3 QB Peyton Manning was fit to be tied 4 Linebacker Nate Irving lay down on the job 5 Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie struck a pose 6 Manning shared a light moment with coach John Fox ELEVEN PHOTOSInsta Gratification There's more than one way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Super Bowl. Along with notepads and high-tech cameras, SI writers, editors and photographers were toting smartphones on Sunday—and feeding their Instagram accounts so the world could see what they saw. 1 By Tom Mantzouranis (@themantz) 2, 4, 10, 11 By Donald Miralle (@donaldmiralle) 3 By Gary Bogdon (@garybogdon) 5 By Brad Smith (@bradpix) 6 By Ben Reiter (@si_benreiter) 7 By John DePetro (@johndep2) 8, 9 By Adam Duerson (@adamduerson)