No matter the disparity in regular season record or playoff seed, the remaining teams that reach the Super Bowl are usually very well-matched by the time the big game rolls around.
This year is no different, as the No. 6 seed Green Bay Packers arrive in Dallas as a favorite against the No. 2 seed Pittsburgh Steelers.
Even with the seed gap between the two, a nip-and-tuck contest is expected, which would fall right in line with recent Super Bowl final scores. In fact, eight of the last 11 Super Bowls have been decided by 12 points or less, and five of those by four points or less.
History tells us that more uneven matchups than this year's have resulted in very close finishes, so we should expect something dramatic all the more in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday.
Oftentimes, these tight games come down to one or two signature plays that result from a broken play call, an exploited matchup, etc. One small misstep gets magnified a thousand times in the Super Bowl and can cost your team its chance at history.
Here are some of the key matchups that might make all the difference when the clock ticks down on Sunday.