Patriots QB Tom Brady is only 60 minutes away from his NFL-record 6th Superbowl appearance.
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Championship Sunday is less than 24 hours away which means by tomorrow night we will no for sure which two teams will square off in the Superbowl. Between the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, all four of the teams playing certainly deserve to be there. They’re division title winners with defenses that have gotten exceptionally hot in the last month, great coaching and most important: franchise QBs.
Three of the four QBs playing this weekend have won the entire thing already, with Colts QB Andrew Luck being the only outlier. Not that that should discount his chances at all – Luck has been one of the NFL’s best QBs since he was drafted in 2012. While the upcoming games are both rematches of regular season blowouts, all four teams have changed since then and the past will not be an indication of the way they will play come Sunday.
With that in mind it’s incredible to think of the kind of Superbowl matchups we’ll be getting in Arizona come February 1st and all the more reason why all four possible scenarios should be judged to see which one would be the best and most fun to watch.
Here is the ranking of the four best possible Superbowl matchups:
4. Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts – If you missed those good ol’ fashioned NFC-over-AFC blowouts from the late-1980s and 1990s then you’ll probably love this one. The Seahawks are superior in just about every way to the Colts: Better defense (by far), more efficient offense – both rushing and passing, more experienced coaching, and of course a better offensive line. The only advantage the Colts would have in this matchup is that the game will be in a dome as opposed to the outdoors. A Superbowl like this would probably be over by the third quarter.
3. Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts – This game would be much more of a shootout between Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers as the Packers defense struggles to stop Luck’s passing attack. With two subpar defenses and two elite offenses the game could even be one of the highest scoring in Superbowl history. As with the Seattle matchup, the Colts would have the advantage of being in a dome on turf instead of in the grass of Lambeau Field, so it would not be the mismatch a lot of people would probably suspect. This game would most likely be decided by whoever has the ball last.
2. Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots – Ironically this matchup would be the Patriots’s third straight Superbowl appearance that was a rematch from the regular season (’07 and ’11 against the New York Giants, who beat them in their two rematches). An epic throwdown between two of the most talented, explosive offenses in the NFL, but most importantly: back in the same field where Brady lost his first Superbowl to the Giants in Superbowl XLII. The storylines and parallels just going into the game would make this game must-see TV if not the game itself – which will also be great.
1. Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – The unstoppable force meets the immovable object in this one as Tom Brady faces off against arguably the greatest defense he’s ever faced. It will also be a showdown between two All-Pro CBs – New England’s Darrelle Revis and Seattle’s Richard Sherman – as the two men considered the absolute best at their position try to prove on the international stage who is better. It will either be a passing of the torch from Tom Brady to Russell Wilson as the first back-to-back Champion since Brady did it in 2003 and 2004, or it will be Tom Brady’s long-awaited 4th Superbowl title, which would put him in the discussion for the greatest QB of all-time alongside Joe Montana. Prediction: Patriots