Super Bowl XLV: 6th Seed vs. 6th Seed?
In the "old" days, the best way to get to the Super Bowl was to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs. It was said that winning on the road in the post season was extremely difficult. Win three on the road---impossible!
Well, this is a different era. We are on the verge of possibly the most improbable Super Bowl match up of all time. It is possible, and some say likely, that the representative in SBXLV from each conference, will have won THREE playoff game on the road. That's a combined SIX playoff games won by the visiting teams in one season. SIX!
My research department is on vacation so I cannot verify this fact, but it would have to be a first in NFL history.
Go ahead and tell me I'm getting way ahead of myself because there are still two games left to be played before the conference champions are crowned, but the swagger and confidence of the visiting teams makes this scenario a distinct possibility.
The Packers go to Chicago as hot as any team left. Many say that Aaron Rogers is well on his way to being the best QB in the league. Their weak link all season long was the lack of a consistent ground game, but James Starks has emerged to keep the defenses honest. The Bears are formidable, but the game comes down to which QB do you trust to more, I'll go with Rogers over Jay Cutler in the crunch.
In the late game, no team believes more in itself than the Jets. They went to Pittsburgh earlier this year after getting pasted buy the Pats and rebounded nicely. They are as solid as any team in the league, with no weak link. The Steelers have tons of experience and a great defense. This game comes down to the Jets ability to exploit the one Steeler weak link, their offensive line.
Confidence and swagger, the Jets have it, Aaron Rogers has it---they have an abundance of it. Maybe this is the secret ingredient necessary to win three playoff games on the road. It's something we've never seen before. This is not you father's NFL anymore.