As a Carolina Panthers fan, it was a heartbreaking loss last Sunday against San Francisco, but I do have to tip my hat to the guys for an incredible season. Now it’s down to the final four teams, and after this weekend’s games, we’ll know which teams will be battling it out for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The remaining teams are the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers. All the teams have played hard this season, and that hard work has paid off. At the beginning of the season, the Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers were all expected to make it this far, and succeeded. The Patriots had to work a little harder to gain that same expectation, but pulled through, and are now one of the four best teams in the NFL this season. In just a few days we’ll know which teams will take the titles of conference champs. Even if your football team isn’t in the running, this is probably one of the most exciting times in football. According to the writers on NFL.com, these match-ups and forthcoming games are what every football fan deserves. As we have it now, the four best teams have made it to the conference champs weekend—no small feat—and with a combined record of 50-14, these teams no doubt deserve to be sitting where they are sitting now. All of them with fingers crossed to take the conference championship and make it to the Super Bowl.
Even more exciting is that two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time (Tom Brady – Patriots, Peyton Manning – Broncos) are looking to claim their chance at another title. On the other side, two of the most promising quarterbacks in the NFL are looking to grasp the same thing, and lead their teams to victory.
A closer look at certain factors for Sunday’s games could give us an idea of just how things could play out.
Broncos vs. Patriots: Right now, the weather forecasts are favorable, calling for a clear and sunny day, with highs in the 50s. But the fact that Broncos’ cornerback Chris Harris is out with a torn ACL could present more of a challenge on Sunday.
Seahawks vs. 49ers: The Seahawks will have the home field advantage Sunday, and for traveling teams Seattle is known as a tough place to play. These two teams are also division rivals. These factors alone will make for a very interesting and exciting game.
Any way it plays out, the end result will be the same: two teams will walk away, and two will move forward in hopes of taking the Super Bowl title. If I had any say in the matter, I’d want the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks. That would be an amazing Super Bowl game. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.