By this time tomorrow, the matchup for Super Bowl 46 will be set. There are four possible matchups for the 2012 edition of the Super Bowl, and after the AFC and NFC championships are held on Sunday, we will know which two teams will play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.
Here's a rundown of the potential matchups:
- Patriots vs. 49ers: The main storyline for this game, aside from Jim Harbaugh leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in his first season as head coach, would be Tom Brady going for a title against the team he rooted for growing up. To me, we would see a game similar to what happened when the 49ers played the Saints, as the Patriots have a great offense and a mediocre defense.
- Patriots vs. Giants: A rematch of Super Bowl 42 would provide a very intriguing matchup. Although an undefeated season would not be on the line this time around, it would be very interesting to see if Brady was able to get revenge on Eli Manning or if Manning was able to once again deny Brady from getting another ring.
- Ravens vs. 49ers: If Thanksgiving was any indication, this matchup might actually provide more storylines than a Patriots/Giants rematch since it would be dubbed the "Harbaugh Bowl." 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh are brothers, and for them to meet in the Super Bowl would be pretty amazing.
- Ravens vs. Giants: This would serve as a rematch of Super Bowl 35. In that game, the Ravens beat up on the Giants en route to a 34-7 victory. Ray Lewis was the MVP of that game, and for him to return to the Super Bowl to once again take on the Giants would be quite the story.
Regardless of the matchup, the Super Bowl always seems to do well ratings-wise. This year especially, though, the NFL is in good shape as far as the possible matchups are concerned. There will either be a rematch of a previous Super Bowl, a matchup between two coaches who are brothers or Tom Brady vs. the team he rooted for growing up, which features a first-year head coach. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the matchups, but I'm personally hoping we see a Patriots/Giants rematch. Which game do you want to see?