At first glance, it might seem ridiculous that the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers could be the teams playing in Super Bowl XLVI. But upon further review (NFL pun clearly intended), it might not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
The Giants have somewhat quietly taken over the lead in the NFC East, while the Steelers are percentage points behind the Ravens for first place in the AFC North as I write this sentence. (Even if the Ravens win against Jacksonville and improve their record to 5-1—as expected— Pittsburgh is still in position to claim a wild card spot.)
Neither the Giants nor the Steelers have been invincible over their first six and seven games, respectively; despite the inconsistency each team has displayed so far, there are signs that both teams might be rounding into form as we move deeper into the NFL season.
Then again, the mediocrity put on display by New York in underwhelming losses to Washington and Seattle is a cause for concern. Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s offensive line has repeatedly shown a lack of blocking ability, for which quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has paid the price.
Red flags have been raised for both teams which might prevent New York and Pittsburgh from meeting in the Super Bowl. Both sides can be argued, which is exactly what I’ll attempt to do. Seeing as how there are still three-plus months until the game is actually played, what better time is there to debate the likelihood of a Giants/Steelers championship matchup?
What follows is the separation of fact from fiction as I try to explain why the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet in Super Bowl XLVI. Or why they won’t.
Let’s figure it out.