NFL Playoffs

Super Bowl 2013: Potential Showdowns That Fans Would Love to See

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks toward the sideline as he warms up before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Steven CookContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2013

With the divisional round of the playoffs set to begin, it's time to look at some potential Super Bowl showdowns we could end up seeing.

This year's matchup will have a tough task of living up to last year's spectacle between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. While we won't be seeing a rematch of that game since the Giants didn't make the playoffs, we could still end up seeing an insane matchup.

Let's take a look at the more exciting potential matchups for Super Bowl Sunday on February 3.

 

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

This would be the quintessential David vs. Goliath game. 

The New England Patriots are the best football team of the new millennium, and have shown no signs of slipping up as they enter the playoffs with another a first-round bye and are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year.

On the other side, the Seahawks are led by rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, who few expected to be a starter in his NFL career.

Now, Wilson is playing as well as anyone and has Seattle playing at a high level.

Everybody loves watching a Cinderella story, and there would be no team the Seahawks could beat in the Super Bowl that would be more momentous than the Patriots. 

 

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

Playing the hottest football in the NFL and led by superstar Peyton Manning, the Broncos are the Super Bowl favorite.

A clash with the stingy 49ers defense would be a must-see game—not to mention the storyline that comes with it: Manning facing off against one of the teams he turned down in his free agency cycle.

Colin Kaepernick led San Francisco to some exciting wins this season, but many are wondering if he's prepared to lead his team into the playoffs. With his dual-threat ability and big play potential, he'd also be an entertaining matchup to watch against the Broncos stingy defense.

Defense wins championships, and these two squads boast two of the best defensive units in the league.That alone is enough to crave this match-up, not to mention the culmination of an epic comeback season for Manning.

 

Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens

Not many stories have been beaten to death more than Matt Ryan and Atlanta's playoff woes, so it's safe to say a good deal of NFL fans are rooting for the Falcons to make a deep run in January.

Put that together with the Baltimore Ravens playing not only for their second franchise title, but to show Ray Lewis the exit as a champion, and you have an insane showdown for Super Bowl Sunday. 

Ray Lewis is one of the best players the league has ever seen, and his motivational advantage may be too much for the AFC's elite to overcome. On top of that, every NFL fan would want to tune in to see if he finishes his career with a championship.

Joe Flacco hasn't always felt the love in Baltimore and has often been the scapegoat for early exits from the postseason, just as Ryan has been for Atlanta. A win would give one of these QB's a chance to cement their name on the sports world's biggest stage.

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