This Sunday night, the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. It's a matchup of a Broncos team that scored more points in a single NFL season in the history of the game. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are the best defensive team in the league.
It's an even matchup between two teams that finished first in their conferences in the regular season and were favored to be in this game all year long.
The NFL season has come down to the final four teams and I think if you're an NFL fan like me you'll agree that the matchups are very interesting. What stands out about this year's final four is that if you looked at preseason Super Bowl odds the top four teams were Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and New England. Who made it all the way to Championship weekend? Those four teams. I don't know when the last time that's happened or if it has ever happened at all. It's something that you think would be common, but with the way the NFL is we're just so used to seeing unpredictable reign supreme. Teams like the Ravens and Giants in the last two years were not hte favorites, but they got it done. Now we're down to four teams and it's the four that were supposed to be here. Imagine that!
I think the NFL has to love how it worked out, though. These are the four teams that they likely wanted to get here just because when the best teams make it this far it's proof that the way the regular season is run really works. Throw in the fact that you've got that tantalizing Brady/Manning matchup in the AFC Title game and that outstanding NFC West Seahawks/Niners rivalry and it has the makings of a special day of football on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it.