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Erased Super Bowl XXII: Redskins 42 Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXII provided one of the most unexpected blowouts in Super Bowl history. The Denver Broncos entered their second straight Super Bowl with league’s Most Valuable Player, quarterback John Elway, and had scored 72 points in their two playoff wins. Opposing them were the Washington Redskins. They had gone 11-4 in the regular season (thanks in part to one of the easiest schedules in the league), and managed to win the NFC without having to defeat either of 1987’s two best teams; the 12-3 Saints or the 13-2 49ers. The upstart 8-7 Vikings did that dirty work for them, before falling to the Redskins 17-10 at RFK Stadium in a hard fought NFC Championship game. The stars looked aligned for the Broncos to finally win the Super Bowl after 10 years of close calls. The oddsmakers agreed, favoring Denver by 3.5 points.
It started well for Denver. They took a 10-0 lead into the 2nd quarter and Redskins starting quarterback Doug Williams twisted and injured his knee. Then, the unbelievable happened. Denver’s 7th ranked scoring defense gave up 35 unanswered points in the second quarter alone and the game was all but over. Washington won 42-10 and broke numerous Super Bowl records. This had to be a great game for Redskins fans, but for the rest of America, no one really cared to watch a team with no recognizable stars dominate the second half of the Super Bowl in garbage time. At least The Wonder Years debuted after the game!
The Switch: 1987 Cleveland Browns for 1987 Denver Broncos
In the late 80s, Denver and Cleveland had one of the best playoff rivalries in NFL history. There are not many NFL games recognizable by one word, but this rivalry produced two such games in “The Drive” and “The Fumble”. After surrendering “The Drive” to the Broncos in the 1986 AFC Championship game, the Browns were determined to get to the Super Bowl in 1987. Cleveland won the AFC Central for the 3rd straight year while leading the conference in both points scored and fewest points allowed. Quarterback Bernie Kosar was the 2nd highest rated passer in league and was one of an NFL-high eight Browns selected to the Pro Bowl. The Browns overwhelmed the Colts 38-21 in the divisional playoffs, setting up a rematch at Mile High Stadium with a birth in Super Bowl XXII on the line. The Browns appeared jittery on the road and trailed 21-3 at halftime. Kosar and RB Ernest Byner led a furious comeback, tying the game in the 4th quarter at 31-31. An Elway touchdown pass to RB Sammy Winder with 4 minutes remaining gave Denver a 38-31 lead. Kosar would drive the Browns down to the Denver 8-yard line, but then “The Fumble” would occur when Ernest Byner lost the ball at the Denver 2 yard line as he was nearing the endzone. The Broncos recovered and won the game 38-33 after taking an intentional safety with seconds left to play. 
If Byner had held on to the ball, he would have almost certainly have scored a touchdown. Assuming the extra point is good, the Browns would have had to shut down the Broncos for the final minute of regulation. Given the amount of time remaining, Cleveland had a chance. Denver would have likely played for the field goal, although Cleveland’s defense would also be playing quite conservative after being gashed with multiple big plays in the game. Had they held Denver to a field goal try, the outlook is favorable as barefooted Broncos kicker Rich Karlis had struggled that day and had already missed a field goal. For the second straight year, the AFC champion would have been determined in overtime.  What happens in the extra period would be anyone’s guess. The way the offenses had played in the second half, the winner of the coin toss would have likely won the game. So if Byner doesn’t fumble, Cleveland has a little less than a 50% chance of going to the Super Bowl. Browns fans today would do unspeakable things to have those odds again. 
Improved Super Bowl XXII: Redskins vs. Browns - Evaluating the Matchup
Each team would have entered the Super Bowl as somewhat of a question mark. Cleveland’s win in Denver would have been the largest postseason comeback in NFL history at the time, so they would have had that momentum, but their performance against the Broncos would’ve raised huge questions about their once strong defense. Fortunately for the Browns, Washington entered Super Bowl XXII after two unimpressive, workmanlike wins against the two weakest NFC playoff qualifiers (Chicago and Minnesota). Washington’s offensive output in their two games would have equaled what Cleveland had produced in just the second half and overtime of their game against the 7th ranked Denver defense. 
Cleveland’s offense would be hot coming into the game, as they had scored 38+ points in both playoff games (remember, they  would have scored more than 38 points to have beaten the Broncos in this alternate universe). This would seem like an obvious advantage for Cleveland. However, while Washington might have only had a decent defense in 1987 (6th in points allowed, 18th in yards), in the NFC Championship game they held the red-hot Minnesota Vikings offense to 10 points. Earlier in the playoffs, Minnesota had scored 44 against the Saints’ 4th ranked defense in the Wildcard round and 36 against the 49ers’ number one ranked defense in the Divisional Playoffs.  
Despite their red hot play coming in, Cleveland’s offense would have likely struggled against the Redskins. Hall of Famer Darrell Green would have limited Cleveland’s most consistent receiving threat Webster Slaughter and the 4th best sack unit in the league led by Dexter Manley and Charles Mann would’ve made life quite difficult for the statuesque Kosar. Cleveland would have had to rely heavily on their backfield tandem of Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner (who would’ve been coming off one of the best performances of his career). Washington had an average run defense in 1987, ranking 12th in the league in yards per attempt allowed, but had been quite stingy in the NFC playoffs. 
On the other side, Washington’s offense would have been playing the toughest defense they had met all year.  While statistically Cleveland and Denver had similar passing defenses (with Denver’s, of course, getting torched by Washington in the real Super Bowl XXII), Cleveland’s defense was much better in one area: run defense.  Cleveland had the number 2 rushing defense in the NFL compared to Denver’s 20th (out of 28) ranked run defense. And while struggling against Indianapolis and Denver, the Browns run defense might have gotten a boost in the Super Bowl with the return of injured Pro Bowl Nose Tackle Bob Golic. He claimed prior to the AFC Championship game that if Cleveland advanced, he would find a way to play in the Super Bowl with his injured right arm. If that happens, Redskins running back Timmy Smith would have likely remained in obscurity instead of becoming the most bizarre record holder in Super Bowl history (204 yards rushing against Denver in the real Super Bowl XXII). QB Doug Williams would have had to shoulder much more of the load, while wide receivers Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders would face much more difficult matchups than they did against the Broncos, facing perennial Pro Bowlers Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield. 
Cleveland’s tough defense would have been able to keep Washington’s offense in check while Cleveland’s balanced attach would move the ball on the Redskins. The Browns two all-purpose backs would be a nightmare for the Redskins, while Bernie Kosar would hit a few big passing plays. Joe Gibbs and his gritty team would have stayed in it, but they don’t have quite enough offensive fire power to overcome the Browns. Cleveland wins the Super Bowl, Marty Shottenheimer probably stays after 1988, they get a few more chances at the Super Bowl in the 1990s, and they open up the 1999 season on the road in the first ever game of the expansion Baltimore Bombers.
Cleveland 21 Washington 17
MVP: Ernest Byner  
Number 8 had many repercussions on the future of NFL franchises. I suspect number 7 will do the same. Check back tomorrow…
Eric Drews
Green and Gold Forever

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Erased Super Bowl XXXI: Packers 35 Patriots 21
The Green Bay Packers entered 1996 with the NFL’s best player, reigning NFL MVP Brett Favre, a cast of other Pro Bowlers, and expectations by fans and experts alike to end Titletown’s 29 year championship drought. They did not disappoint. They steamrolled through the regular season and NFC Playoffs with a 15-3 record and showed themselves to be one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. Their opponent on Super Sunday was the New England Patriots. Now, that name makes you think this was a very worthy opponent, but back then, the Patriots were one of the least successful franchises in the NFL. They had made the playoffs in just 7 of their 36 seasons and left only one mark on NFL history - that as the helpless victim of the mighty 1985 Bears’ in their 46-10 Super Bowl XX win. Despite being coached by future Hall of Famer and two time Super Bowl champion Bill Parcells, the 11-5 Patriots were not expected to put up much of a fight against perhaps the greatest team of the 1990s. 

As it turned out, the Patriots put up a scrappy fight. They even led 14-10 at the start of the 2nd quarter. However, Green Bay took back control and led 27-14 at halftime. As soon as New England closed the gap to 27-21, the Packers immediately slammed the door on the Patriots hopes with eventual MVP Desmond Howard’s legendary 99 yard kickoff return touchdown. The final 20 minutes of Super Bowl XXXI see the Packers half-trying, particularly on offense, but dominating none the less. Green Bay took the Patriots’ best shot, but still won the game 35-21 despite playing one of their more lackluster games of the season. This absolutely is one of the greatest games in Packers history, but probably not too thrilling to a nationwide audience.

The Switch: 1996 Denver Broncos for 1996 New England Patriots
One of the reasons few people respected the Patriots is because of how they reached the Super Bowl. They beat a one dimensional 10-6 Steelers team at home in the divisional round before beating the 9-7 Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game. In 1996, Jacksonville was in just their second season and were an average team at best, but they reached the title game by notching one of the biggest playoff upsets of all time – beating the 13-3 Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. 

The 1996 Broncos were a juggernaut. They had the NFL’s number one offense. Quarterback John Elway had one of his finest seasons as a pro. Second year running back Terrell Davis rushed for 1,538 yards. Their defense was one of the best in the NFL. They completely dominated the AFC in 1996 and clinched homefield advantage with three games left in the season. Their biggest win of the year was a 34-8 destruction of the New England Patriots in Foxboro. Few people expected Denver to have any trouble with New England in a potential AFC title rematch at Mile High. But Denver never made it that far. One of the drawbacks of clinching Homefield advantage so quickly is that Denver didn’t play a competitive game for a month before the playoffs. Once Jacksonville came to town in the divisional round, Denver hadn’t played a meaningful game in five weeks. Meanwhile the Jaguars had been playing defacto elimination games for six weeks straight. Jacksonville was able to survive Denver’s first punch, took a one-point lead before halftime and never trailed again. They won 30-27 and shockingly ended Denver’s dominant season in their very first playoff outing. 

Had Denver and Jacksonville played ten times, the Broncos probably win nine of those games. I still am not sure how they lost the actual game to Jacksonville. They didn’t commit any turnovers. Their stars, like John Elway and Terrell Davis, played relatively well. They were just a little off. Defensively, they played alright, but they could not stop Mark Brunell on 3rd down. In perhaps the finest game of his career, Brunell was 9-12 for 126 yards and a touchdown on 3rd down. The Jags converted on 8 of their final 11 3rd downs. Had Denver made a stop on two or three of those plays, Denver would’ve given Elway a few more opportunities and a little more time. As it were, Elway almost pulled it out. With a few less Jaguar points or a few more minutes, Denver’s talent superiority would have taken over and the Broncos would have won.

If they would have beaten the Jaguars, Denver would have hosted the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. New England’s defense was playing much better by that point of the season than they were in November when Denver beat them by four touchdowns. However, I still don’t like the Patriots chances. In their Divisional Round win against the Steelers, the Patriots gave up 4.5 yards per carry on the ground in dense fog against a team that whole world knew couldn’t pass in perfect conditions. What would Denver, with Terrell Davis and John Elway, have done to that defense? New England had a good offense, but I don’t think they could have kept up against that tough Broncos defense. Denver would have won comfortably and returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 7 years. 

Improved Super Bowl XXXI: Broncos vs. Packers - Evaluating the Matchup
The Packers and Broncos actually met in the regular season – the week after Denver had clinched Homefield Advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs. They came to Lambeau Field with no intention of putting up a competitive fight. John Elway didn’t suit up, Terrell Davis only got 14 touches, and Green Bay rolled to a 41-6 victory. Super Bowl XXXI would’ve been a different story. Both teams would have come to New Orleans at full strength. The Broncos with their number one offense and top 10 defense. The Packers with their highest scoring offense and number one defense. On paper, this would truly have been one of the best Super Bowls ever.

Assuming a close Denver victory over Jacksonville and a routine 10 to 14 point win over the Patriots, the Packers still would’ve entered Super Bowl XXXI as the hotter team. In the playoffs, they thoroughly outclassed the NFC’s next best teams, San Francisco and Carolina, by a combined score of 65-27. Both of those teams were much better than any of the teams in the AFC that Denver could have faced.  The Packers previous 7 games were all victories and were won by an average of 22 points per game. Denver would have come in winning just 3 of their last 5 - all in relatively unimpressive fashion. But they still had more than enough weapons to threaten the Packers.  

It is hard to look at this game as it relates to the 1996 teams and not let the 1997 Super Bowl XXXII matchup influence any prediction. These were different teams, particularly the Packers. Denver’s offense likely would have used a similar game plan here that they used in the actual Super Bowl matchup one year later. However, instead of running Terrell Davis at Darius Holland and an aging Seth Joyner, they would have been running at former Pro Bowler DE Sean Jones, healthy emerging star Gabe Wilkins, mean-run stuffing LB Wayne Simmons, and an in-shape DT Gilbert Brown. The 1997 Packers were 23rd against the run. Their 1996 predecessors were 5th. If forced to pass, John Elway would have been throwing at the NFL’s best passing defense. Denver would have moved the ball and scored some points, but largely would’ve been held in check. 

On the other side of the ball, Denver’s defense and Green Bay’s offense squared off largely at full strength in the December 1996 regular season meeting. In that game, the Broncos had no answer for WR Antonio Freeman. Freeman had 9 catches for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns in that meeting. Denver’s defensive game plan would’ve likely focused on taking him out of the game. If they were able to do that (which no team had in the second half of 1996), the Packers would’ve turned to other play makers that weren’t available in 1997: TE Keith Jackson (10 TDs in 1996), RB Edgar Bennett (1,075 all-purpose yards) and big play WR Andre Rison. Add those to 90s Pro Bowlers TE Mark Chmura and RB Dorsey Levens and the Packers would have had too many offensive weapons for Denver to stop. Also, Denver’s special teams were in the bottom half of the league, with opponents averaging 11.3 yards per punt return. That’s not good when you are facing the greatest single season special teams player to date in 1996 Desmond Howard.

The Packers were just better across the board. The final score wouldn’t have been 41-6, but the Packers still would have won. Maybe this matchup wouldn’t have changed history all that much, but the matchup would have been more interesting and more historic. Although, maybe John Elway would have been so distraught over losing yet another Super Bowl that he retires after 1996! And the Packers win it again in 1997!! And 1998!!! And then Holmgren stays!!!! And THEN…….

Packers 35 Broncos 21
MVP: Brett Favre

Check back tomorrow for number 8 on the list! We will lose a boring game, but will also lose perhaps the most exciting quarter in NFL history…
Eric Drews
Green and Gold Forever

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Erased Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
To fans and media, Super Bowl XXIX was over before it started. The 1994 49ers had one of the most powerful, quick-strike offenses in NFL history and were led by NFL MVP Steve Young. They were backed up by a top 10 defense led by NFL Defensive Player of the Year Deion Sanders. They cruised through the regular season at 13-3, won their first playoff game by 29, and decisively beat the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. The 1994 San Diego Chargers started 6-0, finished the regular season 11-5, and won the weak AFC by winning both of their playoff games in the final seconds. They had no elite level players except for LB Junior Seau and were seen as vastly inferior to San Francisco. Not helping matters, the 49ers beat the Chargers 38-15 in San Diego just seven weeks earlier. 
The lead-up to this game was as strange as any Super Bowl ever. The media coverage hardly bothered to ask who would win. The only real question was by just how much the 49ers would win. San Francisco entered the game as a Super Bowl record 19-point favorite. San Diego insisted they belonged and deserved respect. Then the game started and the talent gap separating the two teams was even wider than expected. After 4:55 and 10 total plays from scrimmage, the 49ers had gained 138 yards of total offense and led 14-0. The game was already over. ABC announcers Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf commentate most of the final 55 minutes of the game like it was the 4th quarter and the winner was already decided. It basically was. Steve Young broke the touchdown pass record. Ricky Watters and Jerry Rice BOTH tied the touchdowns scored record. The Chargers scored a couple of garbage time touchdowns to narrow the final margin to 23 points. The Shock and Awe the 49ers leveled on the Chargers is a sight to behold, but when the player introductions last longer than the competitive phase of the game, you have one really lame Super Bowl on your hands. 
The Switch: 1994 Cleveland Browns for 1994 San Diego Chargers
Why the Browns? They were an 11-5 wildcard team that lost their divisional round game by 20 points. Well, once you look deeper than that you see that this may have been the best team the AFC had to offer. They outscored their opponents by 136 points – 54 points better than the next closest AFC team, Pittsburgh. Their 204 points allowed were the fewest in the NFL. They had a middle of the road offense (11th in points, 16th in yards), but it was similar in production to the two actual AFC Finalists San Diego (9th in points, 14th in yards), and Pittsburgh (16th in points, 13th in yards). And while the Miami Dolphins had a red hot Dan Marino and the NFL’s best offense, their 25th ranked passing defense would have been shredded by the 49ers explosive attack. Barring an injury to Steve Young, Miami would not have stood a chance. 
The biggest reason Cleveland gets the edge is because they beat the Cowboys 19-14 at Texas Stadium in December. The NFL from 1992 through 1994 was perhaps the least competitive it has ever been. Dallas and San Francisco dominated the rest of the league. In those three seasons, they were two highest scoring teams in the league each season and won their six Divisional Round playoff games against the rest of the NFC’s best by a combined 204-67. In 1994, the AFC’s top teams did not fare well against the NFC powers. Dallas won at Pittsburgh 26-9. San Francisco won at San Diego 38-15. The Minnesota Vikings even beat the Miami Dolphins in a matchup of 3rd tier division champions. The fact that Cleveland proved it could go into Dallas and not only compete, but WIN sets them apart from their AFC rivals and gives them the nod as the most suitable to take on the 49er machine. 
There is one main reason why the Cleveland Browns didn’t get a chance to play in the real Super Bowl XXIX in the first place: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns lost six games in 1994 – three of which were to the Steelers, including a 29-9 beatdown at Three Rivers Stadium in the Divisional Round. Cleveland was closer in the other two games, losing lower scoring defensive struggles. Let’s imagine for a second that Cleveland’s defense played like they did in the early games and Vinny Testaverde plays against Pittsburgh like he did against New England in the Wildcard game. That with a turnover or two from the Steelers, and Cleveland sneaks out of Three Rivers with a win. 
In the AFC Championship game, Cleveland would travel out west to play the Chargers. San Diego would be a tough out having just beaten the Dolphins in dramatic fashion and now hosting their first conference championship game in 14 years. Cleveland again would have to play close to perfect. Maybe Vinny can exploit San Diego’s 22nd ranked pass defense, hit a few big plays, and rely of their defense to slow down Chargers RB Natrone Means. We also could rely on the Butterfly Effect to craft an alternate scenario. Maybe the idea that Miami would host the AFC Championship game with a win gives Dolphins K Pete Stoyanovich the extra focus needed for him to hit his game winning field goal attempt against San Diego in the Divisional Round. The Browns would have had a better chance against the Dolphins and that bad defense. Regardless of which scenario you prefer, the Browns are now in their first Super Bowl ever!
Improved Super Bowl XXIX: Browns vs. 49ers - Evaluating the Matchup
Much like San Diego in actual Super Bowl XXIX, the Browns would have been huge underdogs to San Francisco, but there would have been more interest in this matchup. As previously mentioned, Cleveland had already beaten the Cowboys in Dallas. The most intriguing storyline would involve Browns head coach Bill Belichick. Prior to being hired in Cleveland, Belichick had served as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1985-1990. During that time frame, his defenses owned the 49ers in January. The Giants were 3-0 against San Francisco in the postseason and had given up just 19 points combined in those games. Also, in Belichick’s last Super Bowl appearance, his scrappy Giants defense held the powerful 1990 Buffalo Bills offense to just 19 points en route to a 20-19 upset victory. Could Belichick do it again to this 49ers team that was arguably better than any of those previous teams he had beaten?
On the other side of the ball, Cleveland’s offense would be completely outclassed by the 49ers defense. The Browns only deep receiving threat was rookie Derrick Alexander and he would be one-on-one with Deion Sanders. In order for Cleveland to move the ball, they again would have to emulate the 1990 Giants and execute a ball control offense that ate up clock and kept the 49ers offense off the field. However, the last person you want running an offense like that is the turnover-prone Vinny Testaverde. Ultimately the question would be: can Bill Belichick’s team copy the 1990 Giants and steal a win from a superior opponent?
The answer to that question no. The Browns may have had one of the masterminds behind the 1990 Giants who grounded two high powered opponents, but they didn’t have the same personnel (other than LB Pepper Johnson). Michael Dean Perry and Rob Burnett are not the same as Leonard Marshall and Lawrence Taylor. I doubt the 49ers would have scored two touchdowns in their first seven plays, but they would have still been able to move the ball on the Cleveland defense and burn them for a couple of big plays. Offensively, the Browns would not pose much of a threat to San Francisco. They would sustain a few drives, but ultimately, Vinny would’ve have turned the ball over a couple of times against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Come to think of it, the Chargers Super Bowl might have been a better game to watch, even if one sided. Although, had Super Bowl XXIX played out this way, perhaps the excitement makes the NFL fight harder to keep the Browns in Cleveland and the great Ravens teams of the 21st century become great Browns teams! …..I just made it worse, Cleveland, didn’t I? Sorry. 
49ers 31 Browns 16
MVP: Steve Young
Well this first Super Bowl wasn’t all that greatly fixed. Check back tomorrow for Number 9 on the list. We will attempt fix what doesn’t seem broken – especially if you are a fan of this podcast…
Eric Drews
Green and Gold Forever

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The Super Bowl is the biggest game in America’s biggest sport. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Many times, the most anticipated sporting event of the year turns into a one way romp that’s over by halftime. In fact, only 18 of 49 Super Bowls have been decided by seven points or less and half of those have occurred since the year 2000. For most of the Super Bowl’s history, the final quarter of the game has been highlighted by announcers trying to find ways to keep you interested enough to watch the rest of the commercials. But it didn’t have to be this way. From 1933 to 1966, the NFL almost always had the best team from each conference square off in the NFL Championship game. Unfortunately, right around the dawn of the Super Bowl in 1967, the NFL decided to put this silly obstacle course in front of their championship game called “the Playoffs”. Many years, while one team is humiliating an inferior, overmatched opponent in front of hundreds of millions of viewers, another worthy challenger is sitting at home wondering what might have been if a few things could have been changed. 

Well wonder no more! Starting tomorrow, every day up until the Super Bowl I will attempt to fix a bad Super Bowl by substituting the pathetic loser with a stronger team that was available that season. I will then analyze the new hypothetical matchup and make a completely baseless prediction. That sounds fun right!? But first…
In selecting the best replacement Super Bowls, I had to set some ground rules. The first rule is I can only change Super Bowls that were bad games. As much as I would have loved to have seen the 1990 49ers take on the 1990 Bills, the real Super Bowl XXV was a classic, and worthy of the stage it was on. The only games I will propose changes to are ones that were not competitive or if mildly competitive, not very entertaining (I’m looking at you Super Bowl XL!).

The second rule is I cannot remove the actual Super Bowl champion from the game. Certainly the 1993 49ers and 1993 Chiefs (and the resulting Steve Young vs. Joe Montana matchup) would have been a better Super Bowl XXVIII than a Dallas vs. Buffalo rematch. However, any 1993 matchup not including the Cowboys would likely have been better, since Dallas was the best team in the NFL that year with the second best scoring offense, the second best scoring defense, and three dominant playoff wins over some of the best other teams 1993 had to offer. 

But I am going to apply this rule even in situations where the real Super Bowl champion wasn’t the best team. Maybe the 2010 Packers weren’t the best team in the NFL, but four of that season’s best were given a chance to eliminate them and none of them could. That evidence is too hard for me to ignore. So here’s to you, 1980 Raiders, 2000 Ravens, 2005 Steelers, and even those pesky 2011 Giants. You get to keep your titles…for now.

The final rule is I cannot alter a Super Bowl in which the loser was clearly the best opponent for the eventual winner. Super Bowl XXIV may have been a 55-10 San Francisco destruction of Denver, but the 1989 Broncos had the best scoring defense in the NFL and won two more games than any other team in the AFC. If they couldn’t stay within six touchdowns of the 49ers, no AFC team from 1989 could have made Super Bowl XXIV competitive. So, sorry football fans from 1976, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2002, 2005 (consider yourself lucky Super Bowl XL), and 2013; you are stuck with your Super Sunday snoozer. 

I will break down each situation by giving a brief account of the Super Bowl that actually occurred. Then I will substitute a new team from that season that I think would have provided the Super Bowl winner a greater challenge. I will also provide what I call the Reality Displacement Index. This section will explain just how much history we will have to change to get this new team to the Super Bowl. This rating will be on a scale of 1 to 10; with 1 only needing a few plays to get this team to the big dance, and 10 practically requiring a miracle, as multiple playoff games will have to be re-imagined. 

I will then give you a breakdown of this new matchup and pick a winner. Remember, this is just my opinion. As some of the real life Super Bowls have shown, picking the correct winner can be more luck than logic. If you disagree with my predictions, which many of you will, give me your pick and explanation in the comments below. 

Finally, I have ranked each game by how good I think these new substitute Super Bowls would have been. Things I took into account are the expected quality of game, the players involved, and the quality of the two teams involved. Many of these new games will have some of the greatest teams in NFL history squaring off and would have decided just who is among the greatest Super Bowl champions in history. 

Check back tomorrow for number 10 on the list! Let’s start by trying to fix the worst Super Bowl of them all…

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-Super Bowl 50 is set: Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos

-Peyton Manning beats Tom Brady again...but mostly because of his defense

-Tom Brady is just like every other great QB when he's not at home: human

-Carolina destroys Arizona. They finally look worthy of their 15-1 record

-Will the Panthers destroy the Broncos?

-The first half of Super Bowl 50 will be played in daylight and that's awesome

-Random topics from the Facebook page
-The NFL Network airs the right version of Super Bowl 1. Was it already ruined?
-Who will go to the Hall of Fame this year?
-Is Donovan McNabb a hall of famer?
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal is quite critical of McCarthy and Thompson. Is it deserved?

-Let us know what you think! Leave a Comment Below!


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Arizona Cardinals 26  Green Bay Packers 20

-What an incredible game.....that we lost. Again.

-Mike McCarthy's coaching was on full display Saturday Night

-Will the Packers learn from Saturday and let it reaffirm their existing beliefs?

-Jeff Janis should have played more this season

-Dom Capers and his defense holds true to season form: they were great...until they weren't

-Luck is a weird thing

-Aaron Rodgers might be the most physically gifted quarterback ever

-Tom Brady is the best playoff quarterback because he's great in the regular season

-Did the Panthers beating the Seahawks make the Packers loss easier to take?

-The Rams are moving to Los Angeles and the San Diego Chargers might follow suit

-Will we be watching the San Antonio Raiders next year!?

-The Super Bowl I rebroadcast was a huge disappointment

-Broncos vs. Patriots and Cardinals vs. Panthers. Who will win? Who do we want to win?

-Who will play in Super Bowl 50?

-Now that the 2015 Packers are history, it's time for the Goldie Awards!!


-Let us know what you think! Leave a Comment Below!

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Green Bay Packers 35  Washington Redskins 18

-The Packers lose another heartbre...wait....no they won. Interesting

-The Packers defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl. 

-Aaron Rodgers and the offense come alive. There were actually open receivers!

-The Packers let Jeremy Hill run wild...but sack Kirk Cousins 5 times and shut down everyone else

-Eddie Lacy and James Starks play great

-Can the Packers beat the Cardinals in Arizona? 

-Blair Walsh misses a chip shot. We (almost) feel bad for Minnesota Vikings fans

-The Seattle Seahawks steal another one. God, they're annoying

-Vontaze Burfict and Pacman Jones lose their cool, and the Cincinnati Bengals lose their season

-The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't blameless in Saturday night's debacle 

-The Bengals and Steelers were out of control. Was it awful or awesome? (Or both?)

-Should Marvin Lewis be fired?

-Brian Hoyer receives hateful messages from Texans fans

-Divisional Round Playoff Predictions

-ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox all televised a playoff game this weekend. Who presents the NFL best?

-Clemson vs. Alabama - who do we got in the National Championship game?

-The Packers will probably lose on Saturday...but they might not.

-Let us know what you think! Leave a Comment Below!


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Minnesota Vikings 20  Green Bay Packers 13

-Wow. What a frustrating season

-The Minnesota Vikings clinch the NFC North at Lambeau Field

-The Packers offensive issues go way beyond injuries and personnel

-The 2015 Packers offense is nearly a statistical clone of the 1996 Packers offense. Why have they scored nearly 100 fewer points?

-NFL Coaching Changes

-Picks for Wildcard Weekend
-Why doesn't their seem to be any rules for what networks air what anymore?

-Is Eric a bad fan for (almost) hoping the Packers lose to Washington?

-Will the Packers lose to Washington?

-The College Football Playoff get horrible TV ratings. And they deserve it.

-Let us know what you think! Leave a Comment Below!


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