Whenever we get to the point of knowing who the Super Bowl opponents will be, most of us hope for a great game, or at least a good one. On the surface, there are plenty of reasons to hope for, even expect, that out of Green Bay and Pittsburgh on February 6th in Arlington, Texas.
You have the top two scoring defenses in football going against each other, two top quarterbacks, two of the better head coaches, two of the best minds at defensive coordinator, and two franchises with reputations for going about building their teams the right way.
But to me, there's something more. Far more.
I love the game, but what I really love is the history of the NFL, not just the game of football itself. This is where this matchup really gets me.
Historically speaking, I believe this is the most iconic Super Bowl matchup we have ever seen Look at what we have going in this year's Super Bowl.
Two of the eight oldest franchises in NFL history, the Packers being third & the Steelers being eighth.
The Steelers were the second team in NFL history to use a logo. Only the old Chicago Cardinals used a logo before Pittsburgh.
Then there are the Championships. Green Bay, with twelve total NFL Championships, has the most in NFL history. Pittsburgh has more championships in the Super Bowl era than any other franchise with six. To top it off, they are playing for the Lombardi Trophy, named after the most famous coach in Green Bay Packers history.
Now, I'd be the first one to admit, none of that has anything to do with the outcome of the game, or why one team might beat the other one. That, however is not why I find this matchup to be one of iconic proportions.
Simply put, these are two of the oldest franchises in NFL history, each being able to claim separate distinctions as to being most decorated. This will also mark the first time these two teams have ever met for an NFL Championship.
If you love the history of the NFL as I do, the only appropriate thing to hope for is that Super Bowl XLV be as much a classic game as the two franchises competing for the Lombardi Trophy are. Somehow, it would truly be fitting, not to mention iconic.