5 Huge Similarities Between Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl XXXVI
Rams-Patriots Battle Could Be Relived In Super Bowl XLVIII
When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks finally take the field for Super Bowl XLVIII I will be in a nostalgic mood to say the least. For some reason, I just can't look at this particular edition of Super Bowl Sunday without getting in the time machine and going back to 2002.
Super Bowl XXXVI might seem like distant memory to some, but it definitely deserves a bit of a re-berth 12 years later. That year, the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots locked horns in what appeared to be a total 'David versus Goliath" matchup. However, the underdog Pats would get the last laugh as second-year quarterback Tom Brady slayed the dragon that was the Kurt Warner-led "Greatest Show on Turf."
Sounds pretty familiar, right? Russell Wilson is only a sophomore quarterback for a Seahawks' franchise that has yet to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is riding into the biggest game of the year with a record-breaking 55-touchdown season in his rear-view mirror. The ultimate matchup of young versus old is alive and well once again.
There are plenty similarities between Super Bowl XXXVI and Super Bowl XLVIII, but to make it simple I shortened the list to five. Without further ado: take a good hard look as these two Super Bowls go underneath the microscope.
Richard Sherman Is Modern-Day Ty Law
Richard Sherman is definitely the most talked-about player in Super Bowl XLVIII. And although Ty Law wasn't as big of a talker as Sherman, the New England Patriots' defensive still knew how to play the position.
Many doubted Law going into Super Sunday, but he managed to silence the critics with a crucial pick-six of Kurt Warner that New England is still celebrating.
Kurt Warner Was Just As Hot As Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning threw 55 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season and is likely to be crowned MVP in a few short weeks. Well, in 2001 Kurt Warner tossed an NFL-leading 36 touchdowns and 4,830 yards through the air.
Warner won league MVP that year, but the New England Patriots made him look like Rex Grossman.
Patriots Got To Warner -- Seahawks Could Get To Manning
Kurt Warner was forced to deal with pressure all day long. The New England Patriots dialed up such a great defensive scheme that the St. Louis Rams were just unable to get a rhythm going.
Hey, we saw the Indianapolis Colts do just that to the Denver Broncos earlier this year, so let's see if the Seattle Seahawks can copy and past the same formula.
Kickers Are People Too
You do remember who won Super Bowl XLVIII for the New England Patriots, right? Adam Vinatieri.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both have two of the top-five kickers in the NFL, so don't be surprised if a certain leg decides this game just like it did way back in 2002.
Russell Wilson Could Follow Tom Brady's Footsteps
Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl in just his second season as a starter. With one more win, Russell Wilson will be hoisting a Lombardi Trophy in just his second season as a starter. Brady was a sixth-round pick, while Wilson was a third-round pick.
These two quarterbacks share plenty of similarities, but without a Championship ring Wilson will remain miles behind the legendary No. 12.