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NFC vs Denver in Super Bowl Redux?

December 31, 2012

With the Denver Broncos as the top seed and favorite to win the AFC, it is noteworthy (doubt anyone will note this before me, if at all) that the top four seeds in the NFC are the four most recent Broncos’ Super Bowl opponents.

Denver split those four Super Bowl games, winning the last two vs current NFC one seed Atlanta Falcons in 1998 and NFC three seed, Green Bay Packers in 1997. The NFC two seed SF 49ers demolished the Broncos in the 1989 season Super Bowl while the Washington Redskins fell behind (13-0) before blitzing Denver in the 1987 season Super Bowl.

The other two Denver Super Bowl appearances were vs NFC East teams that were alive for a playoff berth going into the final day of the regular season yesterday. Neither the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the Broncos in the 1977 season Supe nor the New York Giants, who ripped Denver in the 1986 season Super Bowl made the playoffs.

One NFC wild card round game will be a redux of yesterday’s regular season finale when the Minnesota Vikings face the Green Bay Packers, this time in Green Bay on Saturday night. Heaven forbid it happens, but a fan will have to suffer frostbite or worse for the TV controlled NFL to consider the danger of a night game at a cold weather site. On Sunday, in the later game, it is Seattle-Washington if you will: the Seahawks of Seattle vs the Washington D.C. Redskins.

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