Now that the playoff picture has been established, we can now analyze which two teams can make it to the Super Bowl. The unique issue about this year’s postseason is that we could see three to four Super Bowl rematches in this year’s version of the “big game.” In today’s post, we will list seven possible Super Bowl 50 matchups or rematches. The teams that are listed have the best chance to make it to Super Bowl 50 next February.
1. Patriots vs. Cardinals
The New England Patriots have been in the Super Bowl picture for the last four seasons. If they go to Denver and knock off the Broncos a possible opponent from the NFC could be the Arizona Cardinals. The Super Bowl 50 matchup would feature two of the best minds in football today, such as Bruce Arians and Bill Belichick. Bruce Arians known as the “quarterback whisper” versus the defensive strategist in Bill Belichick. Could Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pick apart the “No Fly Zone” Cardinals secondary like he did to the “Legion of Boom” in the last year’s Super Bowl?
2. Panthers vs. Broncos
It would be old lion versus young lion if the Carolina Panthers faced the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. When I mention the phrase “old lion” I am assuming that Peyton Manning will be the Broncos starting quarterback for the remainder of the playoffs, going against the “young lion” in Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. If this Super Bowl matchup came into fruition, Peyton Manning, and the Broncos would be facing another ferocious defense like they did two years ago in Super Bowl XLVIII.
3. Steelers vs. Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals failed to close the door on the Pittsburgh Steelers when they faced them in Super Bowl XLIII down in Tampa, Florida. They would have a far better team than what they had back in 2008 when they faced the Steelers. In regards to the Steelers, they are no longer the juggernauts on defense that they once were in 2008. If the Steelers secondary fail to show up in this contest, it could get horrid for the boys that wear the “Black and Yellow.”
4. Seahawks vs. Steelers
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker James Harrison are the only two remaining from the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks eight years ago. Seahawks fans would love to see their team avenge their 21-10 loss that occurred in Super Bowl XL. Expect Super Bowl passing records to be broken if these two teams faced each other in Super Bowl 50.
5. Panthers vs. Patriots
When the New England Patriots took on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, I thought it was one of the most exciting Super Bowls that I had seen in years. The game started off as a defensive struggle, however; the contest transitioned to a shootout in the 2nd half. It was almost like whenever Patriots would throw a punch, the Panthers would throw one right back at them. You could expect that type of excitement once again if these two had to take on each other once again in the Super Bowl.
6. Seahawks vs. Broncos
Two years ago when I predicted the Seahawks versus Broncos Super Bowl XLVIIl showdown, I had the Broncos winning by a touchdown. However, the Seahawks had other plans as they took the Broncos to the woodshed by a score of 43-8. Super Bowl XLVlll would go down as one of the greatest performances by a defense since the 2000 Ravens who played in Super Bowl XXXV. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would have the best defense that he has ever had if the Broncos had to face the Seahawks in Super Bowl 50.
7. Patriots vs. Seahawks
Last but not least, it would be the return to the scene of the crime with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. They almost were a touchdown away from defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. To be honest, with you I think Pete Carroll would probably make the same decision once again if they had to face the Patriots in Super Bowl 50. Russell Wilson is a far better passer than what he was last season, and Marshawn Lynch may no longer be in his prime.
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