Last weekend when the Jets, Steelers, Bears and Packers were vying for a chance to come to Arlington for Super Bowl XLV, it was clear who would win the games if it came down to a battle of quarterbacks.
Though I really believe Mark Sanchez is a Ben Roethlisberger starter kit and has a great future awaiting him for the Jets, he doesn't have two Super Bowl rings. Ben does. And even though Sanchez beat Big Ben in the stats department, Roethlisberger made the big throws down the stretch and evaded just enough pressure to get the Steelers out with a win.
In Chicago, the Bears seemed doomed to running into the biggest buzzsaw the league had to offer in the form of red-hot Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Turns out, Rodgers had one of his worst games in quite some time. Fortunately for the Packers, Jay Cutler was Jay Cutler, and the Pack would've won running away had Cutler not gotten hurt and given way to an improbable comeback effort by emergency QB Caleb Hanie, a former Forney Jackrabbit.
So even though Roethlisberger and Rodgers struggled on Sunday and had performances on the verge of being labeled "stinkers", their teams are here, and it should be a great matchup.
Roethlisberger will be looking to join elite company (Aikman, Brady, etc.) if he can win a third Lombardi trophy. The scary thing is, he's only 28 years old and plays for a perennial contender that will always be in the hunt with its defense. Roethlisberger could eventually surpass his city's all-time Super Bowl hero, Terry Bradshaw, when it comes to rings on the fingers.
Rodgers has burst on to the scene in the past couple of seasons, putting up eye-popping numbers and now has finally broken through with a trip to the Super Bowl, the first for the Packers in their non-Brett Favre era.
A win for the Packers will forever put Rodgers in Packer lore, right alongside Bart Starr, and yes, even Brett Favre.
Whoever wins on Sunday, a quarterback will take his career to another level and one will be left shooting for next year.