2014 NFL Playoffs: 10 Super Bowl Rematches That Could Happen
10 Super Bowls With A Chance To Be Reborn In 2014
Super Bowl XLVIII is going to be historic no matter what happens on the field, as the NFL's biggest game will be played at a cold-whether venue with no dome over head. However, MetLife Stadium shouldn't trump all of the Super Bowl headlines as there are quite a few interesting nuggets to digest before the 2014 NFL Playoffs even begin.
First and foremost, there are five franchises in the postseason this year that have never won a Lombardi Trophy. Moreover, there is nearly a 50% chance that the franchise hoisting the illustrious trophy this February will be doing so for the first time, which is always something special.
Moving on, we've comprised a list of 10 past Super Bowls that could be reborn here in 2013. For instance, how great would it be to see the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts lock horns just five years after Drew Brees and Peyton Manning dueled it out on Super Sunday? Speaking of Manning, No. 18's Denver Broncos could be matching up with the Green Bay Packers this February, which would be an interesting rematch of Super Bowl XXXII.
Without any further ado: here's is an in-depth look at 10 Super Bowl battles that could be reborn on some frozen turf come February 2nd, 2014.
Super Bowl XXIV: 49ers vs. Broncos
Final score: 49ers 55, Broncos 10
One thing is for certain: if any team is scoring 55 points on Super Sunday this year, it's going to be the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning came to Denver in large part because of John Elway, and it sure would be great to see Manning and Elway on the same podium.
Super Bowl XXXI: Packers vs. Patriots
Final score: Packers 35, Patriots 21
Yes, that is Reggie White and Brett Favre handing Bill Clinton a Green Bay Packers sweater -- that photo is so 1997. Even still, the New England Patriots would like nothing more to exact their revenge on a Packers team that is definitely on the uptick.
Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos vs. Packers
Final score: Broncos 31, Green Bay 24
The NFL sure would love to see Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning square off on the biggest stage. However, it would be rather hard for the 2013 clash to out-do the drama present in Super Bowl 32 as it saw the infamous John Elway "helicopter" run on a crucial first-down scramble that would set up a game-winning Terrell Davis touchdown.
Super Bowl XVI: 49ers vs. Bengals
Final score: 49ers 26, Bengals 21
Joe Montana was the big hero in Super Bowl XLVI and the Cincinnati Bengals are still bitter about the San Francisco 49ers bringing their great 1981-82 campaign to screeching halt. Now, Andy Dalton has a shot to uproot San Francisco and make the 49ers runners-up for the second straight year.
Super Bowl XLIV: Saints vs. Colts
Final score: Saints 31, Colts 17
Oh boy. This rematch in particular sure would be one for the ages. Drew Brees is still attached to the hip with head coach Sean Payton, but the Indianapolis Colts have much different look than they did five years ago. Exit Peyton Manning and enter Andrew Luck -- talk about a Super Bowl folk story!
Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots vs. Panthers
Final score: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Cam Newton was getting used to life a high school student when the Carolina Panthers last reached the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Tom Brady has been a fixture for the New England Patriots for a better part of the last 13 years. The Panthers Patriots might have locked horns in the regular season, but the Super Bowl would be a different kind of must-watch TV.
Super Bowl XXIIV: 49ers vs. Bengals
Final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16
Folks in Cincinnati must be tired of the San Francisco 49ers raining on the Bengals' parade. Not only have the Bengals only made the Super Bowl twice over the last 47 years, Cincinnati was bounced by the 49ers both times! I think Marvin Lewis and company are due for some sweet revenge.
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots vs. Eagles
Final Score: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
The Philadelphia Eagles might not have Terrell Owens, Donovan McNabb or Brian Dawkins, but they still have a shot at the Lombardi Trophy in 2013. As for the New England Patriots? Well, it's the same old formula for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady nearly a decade later.
Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers vs. Chargers
Final score: 49ers 49, Chargers 26
How awesome would is be to have an all-California battle for the Lombardi Trophy? These two teams have not faced one another in postseason play since 1995, and the San Diego Chargers are looking to leave that year in the rear-view mirror. Junior Seau is one of eight players on the 1994-95 Chargers' roster to have died within the last 20 years.
Super Bowl I: Packers vs. Chiefs
Final score: Packers 35, Chiefs 10
There's nothing like your first. And the Super Bowl just isn't the Super Bowl without a Bart Starr and Len Dawson battle to start things off. Needless to say, an Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith duel would be pretty spectacular nearly 47 years after the inaugural Super Sunday took place.