The final four teams are set and ready to compete for the conference championship tomorrow, but while many of you want the electric rematch from Monday Night Football in November, the matchup we all deserve is the one between two of the best quarterbacks to ever lace ’em up.
Patrick Mahomes is without a doubt the most talented and athletic quarterback remaining, and even in the league now for that matter, but his time will come and same with Jared Goff. These two young studs will be back, especially with their rosters and contract situations, but will Tom Brady and Drew Brees?
Even at age 40 these two future Hall of Famers are still playing at an elite level and changing the game for generations to come. We have never seen two QBs win MVP awards or finish in the top two at this stage of their career and it is something that we might not see again. Brett Favre‘s untimely interceptions hindered his ability to get back to the big dance at 40, and John Elway and Peyton Manning both went out on top after winning Super Bowl’s, but age and injuries didn’t allow them to play past 39.
Here is a list of QBs to play in a SB since 2011:
Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Nick Foles, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Over the past decade we haven’t had two for sure HOF’ers meet up in the Super Bowl since Big Ben and Aaron Rodgers in 2010.
Sure, maybe Mahomes and Goff could find their way to Canton, OH, but it’s wayyyyy to early to tell. This is not a knock on the Chiefs or the Rams by any means. They both have unbelievable offensive minded coaches in Sean McVay and Andy Reid, and they have more weapons than the Saints or Pats on offense. But it’s not the sexy and storylined matchup between two of the best to ever do it.
These two games have the potential to be highlight reel shootouts or tight defensive battles, but one thing is for certain: the four best teams are left standing and have the making for unbelievable finishes.
Arrowhead will be louder than it has ever been, but if you told me to pick one QB to win in that stadium, I will take TB12 10 times out of 10. A few hundred miles south in the Superdome the Saints faithful will be louder than it was in 2009, but Drew and Sean Payton together are a perfect 7-0 at home in the playoffs.
Something has to give, right?
The Chiefs and Rams might have more talent, but I will take the veteran quarterbacks and the SB winning coaches over the high-powered offenses any day of the week.
Tom and Bill Belichick will have a game plan ready, and they will try to get the better of Andy Reid yet again, but this game will come down to the final possession and who controls the ball more.
Payton or McVay will try to do too much and have a massive gamble go the wrong way. The difference will be who’s gamble pays off and who’s doesn’t.
I want the Saints and the Patriots simply for the quarterback matchup and head coaching matchup, and it is the Super Bowl that we are going to get. Both team’s have won in the past and have one thing that trumps all in games like this–experience!
I’ll take experience over skill any day of the week and twice on Sunday’s.
Brees will look for his second ring while Brady attempts to lock up the GOAT accolade for good.