Amazingly in a span of about 43 years, there have only been 2 in-state Super Bowls, going all the way back to Super Bowl 1 in 1967.
Since then, only the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants in 1991 and the San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers in 1995 has happened.
There are currently 9 possible scenarios in which we could end up watching an in-state Super Bowl in 2011.
The question here is, of those, which one is the most likely to be a reality? I’ve calculated rosters, divisions, odds and surprise factors to come up with an answer.
First, in no particular order, here are all the possibilities:
- Buffalo Bills vs New York Giants
- Miami Dolphins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New York Jets vs New York Giants
- Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Redskins
- PittsburghSteelers vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Oakland Raiders vs San Francisco 49ers
- San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers
I started with a prediction of what I think the playoff bracket would look like to start eliminating some of these possibilities right off the bat. My playoff picture is as follows:
Bye weeks belong to, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts followed by the Patriots, the Bengals, the Chargers and the New York Jets.
Bye week belongs to the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys, followed by the Packers, the 49ers the Redskins, and the Vikings.
As you can see this cuts down the list considerably. With that being said, let’s get into the countdown.