2014 NFL Playoffs: Looking at the Top 15 NFL Matchups Fans Want to See
2014 NFL Playoffs: 15 Matchups Fans Want to See
After four months and 17 weeks of exciting football, the 2014 NFL playoffs bracket has officially been set with 12 teams--and the possibilities are endless.
Football fans could not have asked for a more exciting final week of the regular season as Sunday was filled with plenty of exciting games. From Aaron Rodgers helping the Green Bay Packers win the NFC North on a ridiculous fourth down touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to the Philadelphia Eagles hanging on for an exciting win in Dallas to win the NFC East to even the San Diego Chargers receiving help from numerous teams in the AFC, there's only one word to describe the games that took place on Sunday--wild. Not to mention the New Orleans Saints came through as expected to prevent the Arizona Cardinals from working their way into the playoffs--but that was kind of expected.
With these teams punching their tickets to January, we can finally begin to take a look at all of the possible scenarios that could take place over the next couple of weeks. If there's anything to take away from the NFL playoffs over the years, it would be seedings don't play as much of a factor as which teams are the hottest at the end of the regular season.
As the playoffs are set to get under way in less than a week, we decided to provide fans with the top possible matchups football fans would love to see--no matter who their favorite team may be. So enjoy and let us know below--which teams would you like to see square off against each other in the postseason?
15. New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers
Remember way back in the day when the San Diego Chargers decided to move on from Drew Brees and replace him with Philip Rivers at quarterback? While Rivers career has been some-what memorable at times, it doesn't even compare to the type of career Brees has displayed since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
14. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Andy Reid was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 seasons as head coach--mainly because of his inability to lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. With Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs as a Wild Card, imagine the headlines if the head coach led his new team to the big show against his former squad--who is now being coached by Chip Kelly.
13. Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
Speaking of familiar faces squaring off against old teams, who would have thought Alex Smith would be a key factor in helping the Chiefs reach the playoffs after he was traded from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason? The Niners made a bold move by parting ways with Smith to replace him with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback--let's just hope it doesn't turn out to be a decision they regret.
12. San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
The final day of the regular season is always interesting when it comes to teams finding ways to work their way into the playoffs--especially when it comes to the Chargers this year. With the way the first two matchups went this season, fans would love to see Rivers and company square off against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos one last time.
11. Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots
Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady squaring off against one another--does it honestly get any better than that?
10. Carolina Panthers vs. Indianapolis Colts
While Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were expected to compete in the AFC, nobody saw the emergence of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers clinching the No. 2 seed in the NFC. There were plenty of questions surrounding these two quarterbacks when they were selected as the top overall picks in 2011 (Newton) and 2012 (Luck)--but it's safe to say nobody is questioning these two teams anymore on their decisions.
9. Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers
Just like Brady vs. Rodgers, Rodgers against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl would be just as epic considering these two quarterbacks are known for their high-powered offenses.
8. Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
It's rare to see both No. 1 seeds from each conference reach the Super Bowl, but with the type of regular seasons displayed by the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks--there's no question this would be one for the ages.
7. New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots
When the Saints and Patriots met in Week 6 of the regular season, it was one of the most craziest endings from 2013 as Brady led New England to an amazing game-winning drive when all hope seemed lost. Plus, the whole storyline of Brady squaring off against Brees is always fun to see.
6. New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
In the first half of the regular season, the Saints appeared to be a lock when it came to winning the NFC South. Despite a 1-3 start, the Panthers went on to finish the season with a 12-4 record--with their only loss after Week 4 coming at the beginning of December against New Orleans.
In other words--these two teams meeting in the postseason would turn into one epic showdown.
5. New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
Over the last couple of years, the Saints and Packers have always been considered one of the teams to beat in the NFC--mainly thanks to Brees and Rodgers at quarterback. These two squads have provided some epic battles in the past and with the conference wide open--it wouldn't really come as a surprise if New Orleans and Green Bay somehow ended up in the NFC Championship against one another.
4. Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks were expected to be one of the top contenders in 2013, but one of the biggest surprises was the impressive play of the Panthers' defense. A meeting between these two squads in the NFC Championship would be one heck of a defensive battle--especially when considering Seattle and Carolina own the top two seeds in the NFC.
3. San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Ever since last season officially came to an end, the 49ers and Seahawks were the popular teams in the offseason when it came to Super Bowl contenders heading into 2013. As expected, both teams reached the playoffs and split their two meetings during the regular season and when considering the intensity behind this rivalry in the NFC West--this game certainly wouldn't disappoint from a fan perspective.
2. Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
There was plenty of hype surrounding the Colts and Broncos when these two teams met during the regular season thanks to the history of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis before Andrew Luck took over the starting job at quarterback. Luck played one of the best games of his career against Denver during the regular season, but the playoffs are a completely different show--especially when he would have to face Manning and company on the road.
1. Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Come on--are you really surprised to see Manning vs. Brady on the top of this list? Since the Patriots won't have to worry about the possibility of facing the other Manning in this year's Super Bowl, Brady will be focused on Peyton and company if New England is forced to travel to Denver for the AFC Championship.
There's a lot of history between these two quarterbacks and when considering where both of these stars are in their careers--there's no telling how many more Brady vs. Mannings matchups fans will get to see in the playoffs.
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