NFL Playoff Preview – iPad Extra’s of the WeekPosted: January 5, 2011
Jan. 11, 2011 Issue: NFL Playoff Preview
Our NFL Playoff Preview—the cover of which features Patriots 325-pound (yeah, right) defensive tackle Vince Wilfork—delivers game-by-game predictions, complete scouting reports on the 12 teams, key moments from all 44 Super Bowls and a feature on the all-important massive anchors on the defensive line. And the iPad version not only proclaims what will happen but also why it will happen.
Senior NFL writer Peter King’s (@SI_PeterKing) playoff bracket results in New England defeating Green Bay 30–24 in Super Bowl XLV, yet his predictions go well beyond picking the scores. King provides “playoff analysis” for each team as part of their individual scouting reports, and he’s not alone in his prognostications. Fellow NFL writers Damon Hack (@si_damonhack), Tim Layden (@SITimLayden), Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter), Andrew Lawrence (@SI_DrewLawrence) and Ben Reiter (@SI_BenReiter) contribute their picks for every postseason game as well.
As part of a special partnership with Bing, Sports Illustrated has come up with a list of the decisive moments from each of the previous 44 Super Bowls—eight of which have been selected as finalists for being the most decisive in the big game’s history. This week, readers on the iPad can view footage of those “Eight That Endure” and cast their vote here. The winning moment will be revealed the Friday before Super Bowl XLV.
Finally, the iPad extra to Attack of the Space Eaters—Tim Layden’s feature story on the playoff impact of massive defensive linemen—provides a gallery showing how these big and hungry anchors in the trenches have evolved over the years. It’s photographic proof of how their importance in the playoffs has grown in conjunction with their ever-expanding waste lines.
For those interested in football on the collegiate level, we have you covered. As an add-on to senior writer Austin Murphy’s (@si_austinmurphy) recap of TCU’s Rose Bowl win—a statement victory for the Horned Frogs and their non-BCS brethren—readers will enjoy a panoramic shot from this year’s game in addition to BCS title game predictions courtesy of Murphy, Lars Anderson, Albert Chen, Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) and Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples).