As we look forward to the divisional round of the playoffs, we're starting to see who's a legitimate contender and who got lucky during the regular season. We've seen the usual suspects like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos perform in the playoffs over a long period of time now, but it's the new blood in the playoff race that make things interesting. There's a handful of possible matchups for Super Bowl XLVIII, but a smaller handful of those would truly be great games.
A lot goes into deciding what makes a great game—I mean, there's much to consider. There's some games that would be a matching of great offenses and defenses.
Then there's games like the Indianapolis Colts versus the San Francisco 49ers that would pit two former colleagues, or rather partners, in Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh. Both have had great success in the NFL since leaving the college ranks, and it would be fun to see the teacher and student in a Miyagi-grasshopper sense.
There's a ton of great potential games, but few have a good likelihood of happening.