Sunday night saw one of the biggest point differentials in Super Bowl history, in fact only Super Bowl XX (20) and XXIV (24) had a higher points gap between the two teams.
Now that the dust has settled, the ever controversial Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has claimed that the Seahawks' NFC Championship clash with the San Francisco 49ers was the Super Bowl, not the match in New Jersey.
Sherman went on to explain that despite the 49ers not reaching the Super Bowl, "they were the second best team in the NFL."
His comments, while controversial and ignorant of the tremendous season had by the Denver Broncos do pose an interesting question, how big is the gap between the AFC and the NFC?
Never has there been a bigger chasm between the divisions since the 13 years prior to Super Bowl XXXIII (32) in which the NFC Champions won the Super Bowl every year but Sunday's game showed that there may be another gap in quality re-emerging.
The AFC has some big names both franchise-wise and player-wise. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Joe Flacco and perhaps the most up and coming quarterback in the NFL right now, Andrew Luck.
But just how good are the teams of the AFC? Well the Broncos went 13-3 in the regular season and Manning threw more touchdowns than any other quarterback in a single regular season.
The Broncos looked a very daunting opponent for anyone who travelled to Sports Authority Field or faced a visit from the Colorado outfit this season.
Below the Broncos, the team who have competed in the last three AFC Championship games- losing two and winning just the one, the New England Patriots.
Bill Belichick's men are always alive in the postseason but this year were hit very hard with injuries to key players like Rob Gronkowski and Vince Wilfork, coupled with the departure of Wes Welker in the preseason which meant their options were limited in 2013.
The 11-5 Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs along with the San Diego Chargers made up the rest of the AFC playoff picture.
Looking honestly at the biggest teams in the AFC, only Denver and the Patriots would have a realistic chance when put against either the Seahawks or the 49ers.
It's hard to see any of the other teams able to match up against the NFC giants. But in the rest of the NFC, the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints made up their playoff games.
Carolina pulled out some big performances last season and showed signs of promise, much like the Eagles who showed that they are able to win the big games when they need to, should both have a good draft then they could be big forces in the NFL next year.
New Orleans failed to live up to the hype but with legendary quarterback Drew Brees at the helm you never know what you're going to get from the Saints; meanwhile the Packers made it to the playoffs but it could be argued that with an 8-7-1 record they made it due to their division containing some very weak teams.
There is a lot of potential in the lower teams within the NFC including the Arizona Cardinals who had a better season than three playoff teams, but unfortunately were excluded from the postseason due to their divisional rivals being the teams to contest the NFC Championship game.
Despite a rejuvenating season enjoyed by the Chiefs, and the potential shown by Andrew Luck the AFC teams who didn't make it to the Championship game just don't seem to be able to match up against teams like the Panthers or the Saints who trail the leaders in the NFC.
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