In this day and age of 5,000-yard passers, record amounts of 300-yard passing performances and teams scoring at least 500 points, defense has taken a back seat in terms of attention.
But not necessity…
As we get closer to New Orleans, it should be noted that in each of the last four Super Bowls, we’ve seen the defenses actually put points on the board.
Interception returns for touchdowns by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (XLIII), New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (XLIV) and Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins (XLV), while the New York Giants defense pressured New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady into a safety via an intentional grounding call early in Super Bowl XLVI.
So when it comes to stopping the likes of Brady, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers and their offensive attacks, which defense ranks as the best for the job?
From good to better to best, here are our rankings of the remaining eight defenses in the postseason.
Agree or disagree? In any case, if your favorite team hasn’t been judged fairly, we ask just one favor…
Don’t get defensive.