Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers leaves the field following the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Jan. 16, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Rams 32-18.
This was an incredible game for the Green Bay Packers offense. They accumulated almost 500 yards of total offense and 32 points against the top-rated Los Angeles Rams defense. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to be the front runner for the league MVP, producing three touchdowns and threw for 296 passing yards just in this game. As you can see in this image, Rodgers celebrating the win after beating the Rams 32-18 and advancing to the NFC Championship Game this weekend against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Stacy Revere
Abbey Weitzeil leads in the Women’s 100 Meter Freestyle heats on Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio on Jan. 17, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas.
Most sports coverage in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant photographers having access limited to the stands. We’ve become custom to bringing long lenses to try and make the best of a tough shooting position in order to accommodate safety protocols. Luckily while covering the TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio, photographers were able to gain access to the pool. Between sessions while the pool was empty, I was able to set up several GoPro cameras to capture a different perspective. The race in this photograph, the 100 Meter Freestyle, can be tough for photos above water. The athletes are motoring through the water so quickly that often the splashes of water cover their faces. Here I was happy to be able to illustrate Abbey Weitzeil’s strength, leading the competition in this preliminary heat.
— Maddie Meyer
Olivia Serafini and Mervin Tran compete in the pairs short program during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Orleans Arena on Jan. 14, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This photo was taken during the pairs short program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Competitors have two minutes and forty seconds to perform their routine while completing seven elements or moves. Although this was my first time photographing figure skating, I quickly began to love how it blends peak action with art. While Olivia Serafini and Mervin Tran were competing, I tried to focus extra hard on the subtle details of their movements and timing on leaps and throws. I’m always hoping for some kind of interesting expression while shooting, and I especially love making sports pictures that break the fourth wall.
— Tim Nwachukwu
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by outside linebacker Mack Wilson of the Cleveland Browns, Mahomes is injured on the play and leaves in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Bills Stadium on Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Ravens 17-3. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints talks with Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after their NFC Divisional Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints with a score of 30 to 20. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
In an empty Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders in their season opener on Jan. 14, 2021, in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils and Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins collide in the second period during the home opening game at Prudential Center on Jan. 14, 2021, in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Haley Anderson competes the Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle final on Day One of the TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio on January 14, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Ryan Murphy competes in the Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke Final on Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio on Jan. 17, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Charles Howell III of the United States plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club on Jan. 15, 2021, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on Jan. 18, 2021, in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Matteo Politano of S.S.C. Napoli celebrates with teammate Dries Mertens after scoring their team’s sixth goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on January 17, 2021 in Naples, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Jill Scott of Manchester City scores their team’s second goal past Lisa Weiss of Aston Villa during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Manchester City Women and Aston Villa Women at Manchester City Football Academy on Jan. 17, 2021, in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Miguel Sansores of Tijuana makes a bicycle kick during the 2nd round match between FC Juarez and Club Tijuana as part of the Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX at Olimpico Benito Juarez on Jan. 15, 2021, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Photo by Francisco Vega/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Slalom on Jan. 12, 2021, in Flachau Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)