Super Bowl 2011 could be the ultimate underdog tale, a meeting of green on green, a classic case of the meek inheriting the Lombardi Trophy.
Green Bay vs. New York?
Packers vs. Jets?
Cheese Heads vs. Gang Green?
Sixth-seed vs. Sixth-seed?
Super Bowl XLV—The Rocky Balboa Bowl—why not?
What we've seen from these two teams, this playoff run, has been amazing to say the least.
We've witnessed these mouthy Jets, these Towers of Trash-Talk, dispose of their majesties Peyton Manning and Tom Brady back-to-back. These Babe Ruths of football pointed at their targets, called their shot, then took them down and you've got to tip your hat to Raucous Rex Ryan and his Band of Boasters.
They face Big Ben Roethlisberger Sunday looking for wins over what amounts to arguably the three best quarterbacks in the AFC.
Over in the NFC, the Packers are on an equal roll.
They man-handled pesky Michael Vick and his Eagles then totally dominated top-seed Atlanta, sending Matt Ryan and his teammates to the golf destinations of their choice.
Both these teams, the Jets and the Packers are the poster boys for MOMENTUM, aren't they.
Fourteen wins by New England in the regular season doesn't mean much right now, does it?
Which brings us to Sunday.
When the NFL added the extra wild card teams in 1990, it has been an uphill struggle for those six seeds to get to the ultimate destination—the Super Bowl. Only three have made it to divisional title games—the Steelers in 2005, the Ravens and Eagles in 2008. The Steelers ended up winning Super Bowl XLIII.
Now we have the possibility of two six-seeds in the battle for the Lombardi.
The possibility for both teams is very real. Green Bay is a slight favorite in Chicago, the Jets a slight underdog in Pittsburgh.
The Jets beat Pittsburgh on Dec. 19. They withstood two Roethlisberger bullets from the nine-yard line in the final 10 seconds for the 22-17 win and this rematch should be just as close.
The Packers and Bears are the perfect example of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. These two have met only once in the playoffs, way back in 1941. They're in the same division which explains why it doesn't happen.
They split their games this season. The Pack won 10-3 at Lambeau in the season finale while the Bears won at Soldier Field on Sept. 27, 20-17.
No secrets between these two. Just old-school, cold-weather, hard-nosed football.
Ditto for Heinz Field.
A Sunday for the sixth-seeds? Packer and Jets? Destiny's Children?