Breaking Down Super Bowl XLIII by the Matchups

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Breaking Down Super Bowl XLIII by the Matchups

A lot of people will break down every angle of the Super Bowl trying to figure out who has what advantage.

But when it really comes down to it, the players either make the plays or make mistakes.

Many games come down to a few big plays—either made by one, or missed by the other. This theory is more evident in the Super Bowl than other games because of what is at stake.
Think back to recent Super Bowls and you can immediately think of defining moments.

Last season, you can instantly picture Eli running for his life and just flicking the ball over the middle. I'm sure I wasn't alone when, as soon as the ball left his hand, I thought, "Oh no!" But Tyree comes down with the ball and the play was made.

Three seasons ago, it was the Steelers who came out on the winning end with a trick play as Antwaan Randle El threw a touchdown pass to Hines Ward.

Willie Parker also broke through on record setting 75-yard touchdown run.

While the first play is more about making the play, the latter is about the defense making a small mistake.

If you take a look at that play, the Seattle linebackers allowed themselves to be taken out of the play. Poor angles of pursuit and Alan Faneca taking on two defenders pulling from the left side made that play.

How many times can we picture Adam Vinatieri hitting a game winning field goal, or Tom Brady leading a game winning drive?

Even going back many years, I can still picture Jerry Rice pulling in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Steve Young in a rout over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.

Who hasn't seen replays upon replays of Lynn Swann making acrobatic catches and Jackie Smith becoming "The sickest man in America." I wasn't even alive for the event, but I can clearly picture Garo Yepremian trying to catch/throw that blocked field goal and having it taken out of his hands the other way for a touchdown.

So as we continue to break down Super Bowl XLIII, let's take a look at the game breakers and how they'll match up in this game.

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