Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will feature quarterbacks that were each taken No. 1 overall in their respective drafts, that happened 11 years apart. Matthew Stafford, the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is in the Super Bowl in his 13th season with 188 career starts (including playoffs) under his belt. Meanwhile, the Bengals' Joe Burrow is playing for the Lombardi Trophy in just his second season (29 career starts) after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2020.
Despite the wide gap in their draft years, the age difference between the two signal-callers is less than nine years (eight years, 10 months, three days to be exact). That may still seem like a lot, but it doesn't crack the top five in Super Bowl history. So maybe the NFL isn't just a young man's game after all?
5. Super Bowl LII: Tom Brady and Nick Foles (11 years, 5 months, 17 days)
Foles’ age was not on folks’ minds heading into the Super Bowl. It was the fact that he was a journeyman who had become Philadelphia Eagles’ starter because Carson Wentz had torn his ACL late in the season. He did not appear to have a chance against Brady, who was playing at the top of his game. But Foles had one of the best games of his career, throwing for three touchdowns and catching another on the now-famous "Philly Special" play. It was enough to upset New England and earn him the game’s MVP honor.
4. Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson (12 years, 8 months, 5 days)
The veteran Manning had one of the best passing seasons in NFL history with the Denver Broncos and Wilson was only in his second season in the league. However, Wilson had the Seattle Seahawks' “Legion of Boom” secondary, which proved to be the decider in the 43-8 beatdown of Denver.
3. Super Bowl L: Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (13 years, 1 month, 17 days)
Newton seemed superhuman leading the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 regular season, while Manning’s body was breaking down and he had to adjust his expectations in what would be his final year. Fortunately for Manning, he had a defense that shut down Carolina’s offense and allowed him to simply game manage a 24-10 win.
2. Super Bowl LIII: Tom Brady and Jared Goff (17 years, 2 months, 11 days)
The parallels in age difference were downright scary. One of those being the role reversal for Brady, who 17 years earlier was the young quarterback leading the upstart Patriots in his first Super Bowl against veteran Kurt Warner and the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf." New England's victory in Super Bowl XXXVI launched the Brady/Belichick dynasty. The win in Super Bowl LIII continued it.
1. Super Bowl LV: Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes (18 years, 1 month, 14 days)
Brady was a freshman at Michigan when Mahomes was born. If there is anything to learn from this game and the other items on this list, it is that maybe we should all try Brady's TB12 diet.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.