(NEW YORK – Feb. 7, 2013) – Sports Illustrated has published a special collector’s issue commemorating the Baltimore Ravens’ second Super Bowl title. The 80-page magazine has arrived on newsstands and at area retailers—including Giant, Safeway, Royal Farms, Mars, Wegmans, Shop Rite, Superfresh, Martins Foods, Food Lion, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Costco, Walmart, Sams Club, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble and News Center—throughout the state of Maryland.
The special edition, which will be sold at the price of $7.99, features star quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis on the cover with the billing BRINGING IT HOME: HOW BALTIMORE BATTLED TO WIN ITS SECOND TITLE.
Highlights for the commemorative edition include:
A Journey The City Could Love (page 10)
At times bowed but never broken, the Ravens bonded and rebounded for an unlikely championship run.
- The Playoffs (page 28)
Two blowouts and a miraculous last-minute play paved the way to New Orleans and the hoisting of the Lombardi Trophy.
- AFC Wild-Card Round – Ravens vs. Colts: An inspired defense shut down Indy (page 30).
- AFC Divisional Game – Ravens vs. Broncos: Flacco to Jones: A Mile High Miracle (page 34).
- AFC Championship Game – Ravens vs. Patriots: A total effort avenged last year’s title-game loss (page 38).
- Super Bowl XLVII – Ravens vs. 49ers: Big plays bring it home for Baltimore (page 42).
- Joe Flacco (page 56)
As Good As His Word: People may laugh, but the Ravens’ quarterback was right- he really is among the NFL’s elite.
- Ray Rice (page 60)
A Mover And A Shaker: Overlooked for his diminutive size, the running back may be Baltimore’s biggest asset on offense.
- John Harbaugh (page 64)
After Patience, The Payoff: The cerebral coach came to share the spotlight with his brother and biggest advocate.
- The Book Of Ray (page 70)
As told in this 2006 SI classic, Ray Lewis embraced a divine belief that carried him. In his eyes the trials he faced are part of a master plan.
- First Person: Jonathan Ogden (page 80)
An original Raven, and new Hall of Famer, reflects on the team’s early years and the foundation for greatness.
As with all Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, this special collector’s edition is separate from the current weekly issue of Sports Illustrated, which is dated Feb, 11. 2013.
Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones, who opened the second half of the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory over the 49ers with a postseason record 108-yard kickoff return for a TD, is on the cover of the Feb. 11, 2013, issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, on newsstands Wednesday.
This is the first time that Jones, who appears above the headline: “Fear the Bird. Revere the Bird”, has appeared on the SI cover and the 12th time that a member of the Ravens has appeared on the SI cover. You can purchase this week’s cover here.
Jones, a New Orleans native who also caught a 56 yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the first half, set a number of Super Bowl records in Baltimore’s 34-31 victory over San Francisco, including most combined yards in a game (290) and longest play (his 108-yard kickoff return). Jones also tied a record with two plays of 50-or-more yards. Senior writer Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) writes:
“In the span of two game minutes, Jones had touched the ball twice, gained 164 yards, and scored two touchdowns.” (PAGE 31)
In four of the last five Super Bowls, the game has been determined by a turbulent, exciting final drive. In this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy) takes us through the history of the two-minute drills that make NFL games, especially Super Bowls, so memorable. From Unitas to Montana to Manning (Eli, that is), Murphy breaks down some of the most iconic drives. The piece also dives into the drill’s evolution, such as communication between quarterback and coach via headset, the growth of hurry-up offenses and the intense preparation of all the possible late game scenarios coaches stress to get ready for games.
“There’s so much more emphasis on [hurry-up offenses]. Especially in OTAS and training camp,” says new Cardinals coach and former Colts interim coach Bruce Arians (PAGE 34), who helped rookie quarterback Andrew Luck become a two-minute maestro this season.
Murphy also poses the question of which Super Bowl quarterback has the better chance to lead a winning two-minute drill in this year’s game. Will it be Joe Flacco, who already has 10 fourth-quarter comebacks to his name, or the elusive Colin Kaepernick, who showed at Nevada that he has the potential to be a “future maestro of the 2MD”?
“Flacco’s guys know he can do it. They’re going to have a confidence that the 49ers can’t have because they haven’t done it,” says Randy Cross (PAGE 32), the former 49ers center who was a part of in the winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII.
Harbaugh Brothers, Frank Gore, Ray Lewis and Joe Flacco Featured on Special Four-Cover Series of This Week’s Sports IllustratedPosted: January 22, 2013
Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore; Ravens linebacker and emotional leader Ray Lewis, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco are featured on a special 4-cover series of the Jan. 28, 2013 Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday.
The first three covers feature the headlines: “There Will Be Blood”, “There Will be Gore”, and “There Will be a Valiant Last Stand”. They lead up to the final cover, which predicts “There Will Be a Parade in Baltimore”. This is the 3rd time that both Lewis and Flacco have appeared on the cover and the 2nd time Gore has appeared on the cover.
This week’s Sports Illustrated includes12 pages of Super Bowl XLVII coverage, featuring “10 Things We Thing we Think”. Highlights include:
Senior writer Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) says that you must expect the unexpected from the unpredictable 49ers offense, as they have proven they can beat you in multiple ways (PAGE 40). However, King still picks the Ravens to defeat the 49ers, 27-23. King says: “I’ve doubted Flacco one too many times this winter, and I won’t make that mistake a third time (PAGE 49).”
Ray Lewis and the reinvigorated Ravens defense will contest the 49ers explosive offensive attack writes senior writer Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy). Murphy says: “Galvanized by hardships earlier in the season and rallying around spiritual leader Lewis, they are headed to the Big Easy brimming with the confidence that comes from confounding the doubters three weeks in a row (PAGE 42).”
They may share the same last name, but Jim and John Harbaugh have taken different journeys and approaches en route to leading their teams to the Super Bowl. Senior writer Michael Rosenberg (@Rosenberg_Mike) writes that while most Super Bowl storylines tend to overwhelm the game itself, this story—the HarBowl—is a worthy one will certainly live up to the hype. Rosenberg writes: “Two brothers, who were born 15 months apart and spent much of their childhoods sharing a room, will be coaching against one another on the biggest stage in American sports (PAGE 47).”
Download a high res image of the covers here
Three quarterbacks were chosen in the first 11 picks of the 2004 NFL draft and two, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, have won two Super Bowls apiece. The other one, Philip Rivers, is still trying to claim his first ring. With each failed attempt at reaching the Super Bowl, the shadows of Manning and Roethlisberger grow longer over Rivers and the Chargers’ franchise. Particularly because unlike them, the former N.C. State star has yet to put his signature on a memorable playoff win (page 46).
Rivers preaches patience and says his primary motivation is helping his Chargers teammates achieve a big win together, but as Manning and Roethlisberger have both two-upped him in the Super Bowl ring department, Jim Trotter wonders: Can Rivers really believe the journey is as enticing as the destination?
Fourth quarter comebacks became a common occurrence for Eli Manning and the New York Giants this season. When Super Bowl XLVI came down to the Giants possessing the ball for a final time with a chance to win, the team felt right at home. Coach Tom Coughlin said, “We’ve won so many games like this, at the end, in the fourth quarter. We talk about finishing all the time and winning the fourth quarter, being the stronger team. It happened again tonight.” (page 36).
Even with a family drama playing out publicly, as the injured Peyton’s football future a source of endless discussion for the media masses in Indy, the unflappable Eli remained focused and sharp during his preparation for one of the biggest games of his career.
Said Archie Manning, “I think Peyton’s a little embarrassed that he’s been in the news so much, but Eli probably likes it. He just doesn’t worry about much. If Eli orders a steak and they bring him flounder, he’ll just eat it. What would Peyton do? You ought not bring Peyton the flounder.”
As they so often do, Eli and Peyton talked strategy on the phone the night before the game. Said Peyton, “Four years ago before Super Bowl XLII, we had more of a specific Patriots talk, because I was so familiar with them. This year Eli, having played them seven weeks ago, he knew them as good as anybody.”
Manning appears on the cover of the Feb. 13, 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated. This is the second time that Manning has appeared on the cover.
How Robert Kraft’s Instincts Turned the Patriots into the NFL’s Model Franchise:
Just over six-months ago, as the NFL lockout dragged on, only the most optimistic fans believed there would be a Super Bowl XLVI. When the players and owners finally reached an agreement, Patriots owner Robert Kraft stood out among his peers. Kraft, who was grieving for the loss of his wife, Myra, who died during the negotiations, was a vital force throughout. Senior writer Peter King (@SI_Peter King) spent time last week with Kraft to discuss the transformation of his franchise since he bought the team following the ’93 season.
Kraft acknowledges that the Patriots success over the years is due to the unorthodox decisions he has made including spending too much to buy the team, hiring Bill Belichick and trading Drew Bledsoe. Kraft says, “The key to life is you try to see things other people can’t see. This league is set up for everyone to go 8 – 8. How do you differentiate? You have to be bold in any business and do things you take a lot of criticism for but you believe are right.”
Kraft appears on the Feb. 6, 2011 cover of Sports Illustrated. This is the first time the Patriot’ owner has ever appeared on the cover.