New England Patriots – If they make it to the big dance, Tom Brady will be appearing in his sixth Super Bowl, breaking a tie with John Elway for most Super Bowl appearances by an NFL quarterback. If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brady will be tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for most Super Bowl wins, with four.
San Francisco 49ers – If they make it, it will be the sixth time in franchise history. The Niners currently sport a flawless 5-0 record in Super Bowls. Four wins for QB Joe Montana, and one win by QB Steve Young. It may be time for Colin Kaepernick to begin carving out his own legacy as QB of the Bay area franchise.
Baltimore Ravens – In this, Ray Lewis’ final season, the Ravens are on a mission to go out with a bang. They manhandled Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round, and then upset the heavily favored Denver Broncos in the divisional playoff round. In 2001, The Ravens (and Ray Lewis) won the first and only Super Bowl they have ever played.
Atlanta Falcons – Coach Mike Smith, and QB Matt Ryan finally won their first playoff game in their 5 years together, when they pulled out a nail-biter against the Seattle Seahawks. This could also be the Swan song for future hall of fame Tight End Tony Gonzalez. After 16 seasons, he says he is “95 percent sure” this is his last season. Atlanta is 0-1 lifetime in Super Bowls.
* If the John Harbaugh coached Ravens, and Jim Harbaugh coached 49ers make it to the Super Bowl, it will be the first time in NFL history, that a pair of brothers have coached against each other in a Super Bowl.
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