Which potential Super Bowl LI matchup is the most intriguing? We’ll give storylines for the 7 best possibilities.
If your team is alive among the final eight teams heading to the Divisional Round, you’ve likely scouted all the possible opponents in Super Bowl LI. Heck, even if your team has been long left awaiting the 2017 NFL Draft, you’d be hard pressed not to find the potential Super Bowl teams. I mean, you’ve got rematches, historic franchises, rivalries, high-octane offenses, smothering defenses, hot-shot young QB’s and old, grizzled vets. You name it, it’s in there!
So, here’s my list of the most intriguing Super Bowl LI matchups.
1. Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots
Everyone loves a rematch, #amiright! Just look at Clemson vs Alabama. Anyway, who could forget Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepting Russell Wilson on the goal line when everyone and their mama thought Marshawn Lynch would get the ball? Although, there would be no Gronk or Earl Thomas in this rematch, the storylines are absurdly juicy. The only question is whether the sequel could ever live up to the SB XLIX original? Either way, any chance to see Richard Sherman make this face is intriguing enough for me!
2. Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers
From a historic standpoint, it doesn’t get any better than Cowboys-Steelers in the Super Bowl. These two illustrious franchises have met each other in three previous Super Bowls, with the Steelers winning two out of the three. The ingrained lore adds juice to this matchup, but these two teams also gave us the game of the season back in Week 10. It would be a joy to watch these two defenses try to slow the back-and-forth heroics of two game-changing runners in Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell. Besides, it’s only fitting that Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, who became the youngest quarterback to win a Lombardi in Super Bowl XL, would be playing not to lose that honor to 23-year-old rookie Dak Prescott. To top it off, the Steelers would be defending their NFL-leading 6 Super Bowl championships, trying to prevent Dallas (5) from equaling that total.
3. Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots
A Super Bowl matchup of the best teams from their respective conferences would be highly intriguing. Besides, a ‘Boys-Pats Super Bowl would flip the switch on the wildest Super Bowl Week of all time. A hyped-up media circus for the ages, but armed with the potential for a great game. And there’s more! A lot can happen between now and early February. If Dak Prescott were to stumble in any way — not something I’m hoping for — the table would be set for Brady vs. A guy by the name of Tony Romo.
4. Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
This would be another rematch. The Packers edged the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV 31-25. There are still a few members from both squads still around…most notably Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. What would also be interesting is that this would pit the hottest teams in the NFL against each other in Super Bowl LI. If the Packers reach the Super Bowl, they’d be on an 11-game winning streak. The Steelers would be on a 10-game run if they were to reach the title game. These are also two of the most storied franchises in NFL history.
5. Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots
Aaron Rodgers head-to-head against Tom Brady in a Super Bowl is something I’d sure like to witness before I die. Widely considered the two best quarterbacks in the game, A-Rod and Tom Terrific would surely put on a show for the ages. And with Rodgers being on such a hot streak, it’d be interesting to see how Bill Belichick decides to fend off the charge from Rodgers. Also, on a personal note, Julius Peppers is one of my favorite players off all-time. It’d be great to see him suit up for one Super Bowl.
6. Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Another rematch, ladies and gentlemen! The Steelers beat the Seahawks, 20-10, to win Super Bowl XL after the 2005 season. There are many Seattle fans that, to this day, claim the officials paved the way for a Steelers (Stealers) victory. There’d be quite the flurry of vengeance spewing from the Great Northwest. The matchup of the AFC’s most explosive offense vs the NFC’s most dominant defense would be a pleasure to watch as well. And to top that off…ANTONIO BROWN vs RICHARD SHERMAN
7. Atlanta Falcons vs Kansas City Chiefs
Long-maligned as a dull team tucked away in a largely ignored division, this year’s Falcons have scattered those jabs to the wind. Atlanta’s offense hits January as the juiciest X-factor of the postseason. While last year saw an MVP quarterback from the NFC South fold on the game’s biggest stage, Matt Ryan — soon to win that same award (I think) — would have a chance to change minds forever about his career. Coach Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could travel Georgia for the rest of eternity and never pay for another meal. I place Kansas City here, because a Super Bowl would mean just as much to that fanbase and city. Andy Reid and Alex Smith would be forever heroes in Kansas City if they were to bring home a title.