1. Seahawks/49ers– This is the true definition of a bitter rivalry. When they square off against each other, it’s always a physical battle, a low-scoring affair and it always seems to come down to the final two minutes of the games. The Seahawks and 49ers is a game that everybody has circled on their calendars when the schedules are releases. These two will determine the winner of the NFC West and it can also determine who represents the NFC in the Super Bowl. Both are NFC powerhouses and will be for years to come.
2. Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady- They are two of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game. A combined seven MVP awards and four Super Bowl titles between the two men. Everytime Brady and Peyton battle, something memorable always happens. The AFC Championship in 2007 is one, the infamous 4th and 2 and Brady leading the Patriots back into the game after being down by 24 against Denver. Usually when we think of the word rivalry, there’s a negative meaning behind the word but not with these two. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are both class acts that have a tremendous amount of respect for one another.
3. Packers/Bears- It’s the oldest rivalry in the NFL today. It’s so ancient that the franchises actually have respect for one another. The fans, not so much. Some of the greatest players in NFL history have played for these franchises. As of late, this has been one-sided in favor of the Green Bay Packers. Jay has one career win against the Green and Gold in his time with the Bears. The NFC North will be decided with these two for years to come just like we saw last year in the season finale when Aaron came back to lead the Packers to a win and division title.
4. Steelers/Ravens– When I speak about this match up, I always state that seeing these two teams makes me want to get the pads and helmet back on and get back on the field but I really like what I do now. You think about all the trash talking that takes place the week prior to the game, the physical intensity, the late flags and that’s just to name a few of what happens when Baltimore and Pittsburgh battle. It’s definitely a bloodbath. These teams truly don’t like each other at all. Think about every game between these two and it’s always decided by a touchdown or field goal.
5. Saints/Falcons– I really like discussing this match up. The Saints and Falcons is always an entertaining match up not only to discuss but watch. Two high-flying offenses and two good quarterbacks leading those offenses on the field. When they meet up, the game is always determined by who has the football last with 2:00 left on the clock. A touchdown or field goal always decides the game it seems. In previous years, the Saints and Falcons have always decided playoff positioning in the NFC. One would win the division and the other would be a Wild Card team.