NFL Twin Towers: The League's Greatest Two Franchises Meet Up in Super Bowl XLV

Thomas LawrenceContributor IJanuary 24, 2011

A.J. Hawk trying to wrestle down Heath Miller in a 2009 regular season matchup.
A.J. Hawk trying to wrestle down Heath Miller in a 2009 regular season matchup.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The Mayans might've been wrong about the date the world will end.

Perhaps they should've chosen Feb. 6, 2011, as the day apocalypse becomes reality, because the NFL's greatest two franchises in its history are set to meet up in the Super Bowl for the first time on that date.

The results could be legendary, generation-defining and catastrophic—in the best possible way.

One can frame the Packers as the NFL's signature franchise, with their 12 championships and patriarch Vince Lombardi, and the Steelers as the MVT (Most Valuable Team) of the Super Bowl era as champions of six of the 44 Super Bowls played.

Next best are the '80s dynasty Niners and the '90s dynasty Cowboys with five apiece.

Despite the two vastly impressive resumes of the two franchises, they've had limited interaction on a historical scale.

Working your way backwards from the Steelers 37-36 win over the Packers in 2009, the two franchises have played only 32 times in their history—with the Packers owning an 18-14 edge.

It began on October 15, 1933, when the Cheese Heads took down the then "Pittsburgh Pirates" by a hefty margin of 47-0. The Steelers slowly evened things up though, and as the signature team of the 2000s (so far), Pittsburgh has won three in a row against Green Bay.

In fact, Green Bay hasn't beaten Pittsburgh since Christmas Eve 1995, when Brett Favre's squad took down the Super Bowl-bound Steelers headed by Neil O'Donnell.

There has never been, all arguments welcome, a Super Bowl matchup with such historical ramifications and with such a plethora of stars between the teams: then and now.

From Bart Starr, to coach Vince Lombardi and Brett Favre on the Pack's side to Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and the like from Pittsburgh, there is almost certainly going to be some memorable faces in the crowd on Super Sunday—Favre excluded. Unless there's a Wranglers commercial.

The game itself will feature Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, just to name a few.

Almost as mind-bending as the matchup itself is the very new, very un-hallowed ground on which the Big Game will be played.

New Cowboys Stadium, home of one of Green Bay AND Pittsburgh's archrivals (it's not easy to transcend conferences like that), will house the Super Bowl on February sixth.

And if you're a neutral Cowboys fan with tickets to the game, how could you possibly decide?

The lesser of two evils? Who cares. This game will determine the higher of two titans.