LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
THE BEST OF THE REST
The trend toward early commitments has removed some of the suspense from national signing day on Feb. 1, but with just one week to go until recruits can put their names on letters of intent, four of Rivals.com's top 11 recruits remain up for grabs. Where they go could affect the title picture over the next four seasons.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON THE DOTTED LINE
How critical is signing day? As this chart ranking the top recruiting teams since 2008 shows, being a title contender (Alabama) requires blue-chippers, but blue-chippers don't ensure being a title contender (Texas)
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
Déjà Vu All Over Again
Behind Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, a ferocious pass rush and the right leg of Lawrence Tynes, the Giants are headed to the Super Bowl, where they'll face the Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy. Sound familiar?
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
ONE MORE FOR MYRA
A heartfelt, and heart-stopping, victory over Baltimore in the conference title game leaves the Patriots a win away from a Super Bowl title that would cap a year of high emotion
DISTANT REPLAY
The Giants and the Patriots each have a new blueprint for success in this rematch, but the result? It will be familiar
PRO BASKETBALL
PRO HOCKEY
EVERYBODY LOVES WINNIPEG
Sixteen years after it abandoned North America's coldest city—and its smallest market—for sunnier, sexier climes, the NHL has returned better than ever, giving loyal fans of the reincarnated Jets, and every Canadian, something to cheer about
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
JOE PATERNO
POINT AFTER
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