What Super Bowl teams had in common
January, 23, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
The three NFC West teams reaching the Super Bowl over the past eight seasons had an important similarity.
All three kept their offensive lines intact all season.
That is the case for the San Francisco 49ers as their linemen -- left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati, center Jonathan Goodwin, right guard Alex Boone and right tackle Anthony Davis -- have started all 18 games together heading into the Super Bowl.
The 2008 Arizona Cardinals and 2005 Seattle Seahawks reached the Super Bowl with similar continuity along their lines. Each started the same five linemen in every game except for when Seattle rested left tackle Walter Jones for a meaningless Week 17 game.
I discussed some of the implications for the 49ers' Super Bowl matchup with Baltimore in the video above.