Super Bowl Odds 2013: Teams with Best Chance of Hoisting Lombardi Trophy
It's hard to believe, but the NFL playoffs are already here.
It seems like only weeks ago when Andrew Luck was drafted No. 1 overall, Peyton Manning chose to play in Denver and Russell Wilson was just a third-round pick.
Now, each one of these quarterbacks has led their teams to the playoffs, with the Super Bowl in their sights.
Twelve teams have a shot to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions, but there are only a few teams really equipped to do so.
Let's break down the odds of those contenders most likely to win the Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons: 20:1
The Falcons are the NFC's No. 1 seed after skating through the regular season with a 13-3 record. However, they have quite a bit of work to do in order to reach the Super Bowl.
The loss dropped Ryan's all-time playoff record to 0-3, and he, and his Atlanta team, must prove they are capable of winning in the postseason.
Until that moment, the Falcons are nothing more than a good regular season team, not a Super Bowl contender.
San Fransisco 49ers: 10:1
The 49ers, like the Falcons, will have a first-round bye to begin the playoffs.
But unlike the Falcons, they have the postseason experience that makes them dangerous moving forward.
The 49ers reached the NFC championship game last season, falling just short of the Super Bowl in the final minutes to the eventual champion Giants.
San Francisco does have an inexperienced quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, but everything else about the 49ers screams potential Super Bowl champion.
Denver Broncos: 5:1
The Broncos have been the NFL's best team the past 11 weeks, mostly because they have won every one of their games.
They’re easily the hottest team entering the postseason, and the Broncos have managed to fall into the AFC's No. 1 seed after the Houston Texans stumbled to the finish.
Home field is huge for a Broncos team that excels at home, where they’re 7-1 on the season. But more importantly, they have Manning under center.
He's only won one Super Bowl, but there is no doubt he's among the best in NFL history. With a talented offense and a swarming defense surrounding Manning, the Broncos will be tough to beat.
New England Patriots: 5:1
The NFC has been the NFL's deepest and most challenging conference all season, but the AFC is home to the league’s two best teams: the Broncos and Patriots.
Remarkably, those two teams feature the NFL's two best quarterbacks, Manning and New England’s Tom Brady.
Tom Brady, who has led New England to three Super Bowl victories and five appearances, is the NFL's most successful signal-caller, and the focal point of its most dangerous offense.
And unlike in the Pats two most recent Super Bowl appearances, their defense is good enough to complement the offense.
The Patriots are on a path to face the Broncos, and the winner of that game will likely hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
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