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Every year the NFL playoffs conjure some amazing storylines. This year’s playoffs are no different. The storyline for this year revolves around legacies. Players, coaches, general managers, owners, and franchises are all competing to further their legacies. Where will Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck stand when the playoffs are complete? What will people think of Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Mike McCarthy, and Chuck Pagano when all is said and done? How will fans view the Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, and Colts franchises after the Super Bowl?
Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots have already cemented their legacies. Together they have appeared in five Super Bowls, winning three. This year is about furthering their legacies though. Tom Brady could potentially tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl wins. He would also have two more appearances than them. That would probably be enough to declare him the undisputed best quarterback of all time. Bill Belichick could potentially tie Don Shula for Super Bowl appearances and tie Chuck Noll for wins. Same as Tom Brady, that would likely be enough to declare him the undisputed best coach of all time. Another Super Bowl appearance would tie New England with Dallas and Pittsburgh at eight. Another Super Bowl win would tie New England with Green Bay and the New York Giants at four. As you can see New England has a lot to play for.
Only eleven quarterbacks in NFL history have two or more Super Bowl wins. Russell Wilson has a chance to enter that elite class. A Super Bowl win for him would also make people view him as the best current quarterback. Similar for Pete Carroll, he has a chance to become only the fourteenth head coach with multiple Super Bowl wins. If you add in his college accomplishments, no one would blink an eye if you started calling Pete Carroll one of the best all-around football coaches ever. For years, Seattle was an afterthought in people’s minds. Not many people paid them much attention. Another Super Bowl win for them would put them among the best NFL franchises. They would become the thirteenth NFL team with multiple Super Bowl wins.
For three seasons Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre. It didn’t take long for him to break out of his shadow though and win a Super Bowl. One Super Bowl win means he is equal to Brett Favre. Two would mean he is better. I think that means something to Aaron Rodgers. Mike McCarthy has also had to battle his critics. His name is rarely mentioned among the best current NFL coaches. Another Super Bowl win for him would finally make people realize just how good he is. Green Bay could also tie Dallas and San Francisco for the second most Super Bowl wins.
Andrew Luck faces some of the same critics as Aaron Rodgers. Until he wins a Super Bowl, he will be in Peyton Manning’s shadow. Russell Wilson was also in Andrew Luck’s draft class, so until Andrew Luck wins a Super Bowl he will also be one step behind him. Chuck Pagano is also in the shadow of multiple coaches. Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl for the Colts and Bruce Arians did very well in Chuck Pagano’s place while Chuck Pagano battled cancer. The Colts also want to get of Baltimore’s shadow. The franchise went to two Super Bowls and won one while they were in Baltimore. Currently Indianapolis holds the same record. A win this year would cement their legacy in the city of Indianapolis.
In the end I believe Seattle will beat New England in this year’s Super Bowl. Of course, I could be wrong. Only time will tell. I just think Russell Wilson will be able to make plays with his arm and legs. I think Marshawn Lynch will have two great games running. I also think Seattle’s defense is the best one in the playoffs. It seems to me as if everything is lining up for them. Aaron Rodgers is hurt and Seattle already beat Green Bay at the beginning of the season. Tom Brady doesn’t have elite weapons outside of Rob Gronkowski this year. And the Colts have no running game. They will have to rely on T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener for all of their big plays. There is a reason they play the games though. Anything can happen.