GIVEN THE TIME differences involved, it’s understandable that the very fact it’s the Super Bowl is not enough to keep people’s attention for the whole event.
This is especially true when you don’t support either of the teams involved and it’s even hard to stay interested when you intensely dislike one of the teams — usually because karma means they’ll win the thing.
With that in mind, here is our handy guide to which of the four possible Super Bowls will be the most engaging, and which is likely to send you to sleep.
Wake up at 6am with drool on your chin – Patriots v Eagles
I actually like both of these teams and the prospect of Bill Belichick scheming to outwit Jim Schwartz’s defence is, on paper, something worth staying awake for.
However, of all four possible scenarios, this is also the one most likely to see one team having a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter and we all know that’s impossible to come back from in a Super Bowl.
You might have to make a cup of coffee – Jags v Vikings
This one should be all about how Jacksonville’s elite secondary — including Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye — hold up against possibly the best receiving duo in the league in Stefon Diggs (he of the Minneapolis Miracle fame) and Adam Thielen.
However, given the conservative nature of the play callers involved, both might look to protect their quarterback and we could see quite a bit of ground and pound which would, at least, make the game clock run quicker.
You won’t even notice the time – Jags v Eagles
Football, as much as the action on the field, is about the storylines off it and this match-up would guarantee us a week of hearing how two much-maligned quarterbacks — Blake Bortles and Nick Foles — took their teams to the Super Bowl.
Once the game got under way, however, we’d get to see two of the league’s best defences go toe-to-toe in a match-up that could break the record for most sacks in a Super Bowl (7) given the dominant nature of both front sevens.
Edge of your seat - Patriots v Vikings
If rumours of their demise — or at least the end of their working relationship — are true, this could well be the last time we see the quarterback/head coach tandem of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick together in a Super Bowl.
And what better way to go out than by taking on the Minnesota Vikings in US Bank Stadium as they look to become the first team to win a Vince Lombardi trophy on home turf. The battle between their defence and the Patriots’ offence would guarantee a compelling game.
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