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THE QUESTION

Who're the NFL's Bird and Magic?

What is the greatest individual rivalry in NFL history?

Posted by Emil Steiner on March 27, 2009 10:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Then? Steelers-Raiders. Now? Steelers-Ravens.

These days, with the Brady/Manning rivalry on hiatus, the best go-round can be seen whenever the Steelers play their divisional nemesis, the Baltimore Ravens.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on March 27, 2009 10:50 PM

49ers vs. Cowboys

The "betrayal" of former 49er Charles Haley going to Dallas, or former Cowboy Ken Norton, Jr. making the same move to San Francisco only heightened the hated rivalry. It certainly isn't the oldest or, perhaps, even the best. One could make the argument that the Packers-Bears is the best of all time. Hailing from the West Coast, I enjoyed the myriad of rivalries from the Oakland Raiders perspective, including against the Broncos and Chiefs. However, the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry was the one that I believe helped transform the NFL into America's Game.

Posted by Rob Rang, on March 27, 2009 10:05 PM

Brady-Manning?

Reluctantly it seems that the NFL's version of Magic and Bird is Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Two great players, but the rivalry isn't even close to that on the hardwood.

Posted by Dan Levy, on March 27, 2009 11:24 AM

Al Davis vs. Pete Rozelle

The NFL doesn't have rivalries like the NBA, closest thing would Pete Rozelle and Al Davis

Posted by Kornheiser & Wilbon, on March 27, 2009 10:39 AM

Joe Willie vs. Johnny U

The epic battles the two players had are etched in the memories of the baby boom generation.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on March 27, 2009 10:14 AM

In D.C., Allen vs. Landry

The NFL to a large degree, owe a large debt to Allen for introducing the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry to a national audience and making it must-watch TV every season.

Posted by Gene Wang, on March 27, 2009 10:01 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

LHO39: Apples and oranges. Straining for an analogy. Not really working. Like an SAT question, "Hot dog is to hamburger as beer is to what?"...

dalee16: there really has not been a great rivalry since that epic battle between Bo Jackson and Brian Bosworth...

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