As the Ravens watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, they can take solace in how difficult it is to get there. Including Sunday, there have been 10 different teams in the last five Super Bowls – Seahawks, Broncos, Ravens, 49ers, Giants, Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Saints, and Colts.
The Ravens seized the moment and won the Super Bowl when they got their opportunity last year. Both Broncos coach John Fox and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hope their teams will do the same. They know that Sunday’s opportunity is precious. Getting back to a Super Bowl is never guaranteed.
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“We have a very young team, and we have a bunch of guys that are growing up together as a team,” Carroll said Friday. “It's exciting to see them come together with these opportunities and try to max out this chance for them.”
Just like the Ravens, neither the Broncos nor Seahawks will be able to re-sign everyone they want to. The Seahawks have the second-youngest roster in Super Bowl history. However, they have several key players who will be free agents, including wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, defensive end Michael Bennett, and cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond.
Among the Broncos’ impending free agents are wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Knowshon Moreno, and defensive end Shaun Phillips. Right now, both the Seahawks and Broncos are thinking about Sunday, not next season.
But the Ravens learned how difficult it is to repeat this season. The winner of Sunday’s game will eventually find out.