The most wonderful time of the year is upon us...the NFL playoffs! This year promises to be exciting as usual. Both conferences look like they’re wide open with multiple legit contenders. Regardless of whoever makes it to the Super Bowl we know the media can come up with material for two weeks of dead time in between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.
But there are a few dream matchups that wouldn't need much material for the media to come up with to hype the game. The matchups would organically provide all the storylines anyone could want. Let’s take a look at five of those dream Super Bowl matchups.
1. Indianapolis Colts vs Washington Redskins.
This one is easy, it would be the matchup of the two top rookie quarterbacks. The matchup of the the two top picks in last year’s draft. #1 Pick Andrew Luck vs #2 Pick Robert Griffin III aka RG3. Not only that but another angle to the story is the simple fact that two rookie quarterbacks would be facing off in the SuperBowl. Never before have two rookie QB’s led their teams to the Super Bowl in the same year. Luck and RG3 have been compared to each other all season long. Week after week people look at their stats and debate on which one is having the better season and which one deserves rookie of the year.
Going into the Super Bowl they both could quite possibly be Co-Rookies of the Year. That would be another unprecedented storyline and angle to the game. The media would eat these multiple storylines up for two weeks. It would be great to see the two rookies face off and compete to earn their teams a title. And I think it would be safe to say that they could both meet each other in the Super Bowl again in the future. A rivalry that would last for years, the new Brady vs Manning...except these guys don’t play in the same conference. This would definitely be a dream matchup for the fans and media alike.
2. Denver Broncos vs Minnesota Vikings.
This would be a great matchup of the two top contenders for both the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards. Week after week all season long there has been daily debate about who deserves the two awards...Peyton Manning coming off of four neck surgeries and sitting out the season last year, or Adrian Peterson coming off tearing just about every ligament in his knee just barely over a year ago and rushing for over 2000 yards while leading his team to the playoffs. Manning switched teams, from the Colts to the Broncos, and changed the whole culture of the franchise while learning his new teammates, teaching them the system, and winning 11 straight games securing the #1 seed and home-field advantage, in the process. Not too shabby huh? It would be great to watch these two compete to see who could cap their spectacular seasons off with a championship. I guess that would settle the debate of who’s the MVP once and for all.
3. Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Ravens.
This game would have great meaning and appeal to those of us in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area aka the DMV. The two teams are separated by about 40 miles of the I-95 highway. Whenever the two teams play it’s called the battle of the beltways. This would be the ultimate battle of the beltways. It would be equivalent to a Giants/Jets SuperBowl...pretty big time right? The two cities don’t get along, folks from the DC side would say that Baltimore has an inferior little brother complex. They aren’t happy with living in the shadows of DC. Ravens fans hate the Redskins. And Redskins fans hate the Ravens...it’s that simple.
I would love to see this game so we could finally settle this rivalry and see who has bragging rights between the two cities. Not to mention they played in a thriller overtime game earlier this season. It would also be great to see the emerging superstar RG3 battle against the great Ray Lewis in his final game ever. When Lewis announced yesterday that this would be his last season ever RG3 said that he was disappointed that he never got the chance to play against him, because Lewis was injured in that matchup between the two teams earlier in the season, but then he said that they still have an chance and opportunity to play each other this year, hinting at a possible Super Bowl matchup, let’s hope so.
4. San Francisco 49’ers vs Denver Broncos.
We all would love to see this matchup. The beastly, physical, dominant 49’ers defense against Peyton Manning and the potent offense of the Broncos. It seems that nobody can stop Manning and his offense these days. He and his receivers are completely on the same page and have been dominant in winning 11 straight games. The Broncos have the 4th ranked offense in the NFL.
The 49ers have a great defense, ranked #3 in the NFL and fourth in passing yards per game. It would be great to see the strength of the Niners go against the strength of the Broncos, and see who would come out on top.
5. Denver Broncos vs Washington Redskins.
This game has a couple of different angles to it. The obvious one is Mike Shanahan facing his former team, the team he won two Super Bowls with, the Broncos. No coach has ever won Super Bowls with two different teams. It would be great if Shanahan became the first coach to ever do so while beating his former team in the process.
Another storyline for the game would be the changing of the guard, old versus new. Peyton Manning versus RG3. If Peyton and the Broncos won then it would be Peyton showing that he’s not ready to pass the torch just yet as the face of the NFL and as the top quarterback. If RG3 and the Skins win then it would be the first time ever a rookie quarterback has led his team to a Super Bowl victory, and we would have to assume that the torch would be passed to him as an elite quarterback and as the new face of the NFL.
The game itself would be intriguing to watch. We would want to see if the Broncos #2 ranked defense could contain Washington’s explosive offense, especially in the run game. The Redskins have the #1 rushing attack and the Broncos are the #2 defense against the run. It would truly be a great game.
Those are five dream matchups for this year’s Super Bowl, let me know if you agree or if you think I missed any. We don’t know which teams will make it to the ultimate championship game, but it’s gonna be fun watching these playoffs to see who earns that right. Enjoy!