Super Bowl XLVIII Could be an All Marin Affair

Two of the eight teams left in the playoffs are coached by Marin County high school grads

Credit: Wikipedia
Credit: Wikipedia

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played amid what will likely be frigid conditions at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

But if the stars line up right, the first Super Bowl ever to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment might just have the feel of the shadows of Mount Tam.

Of the eight remaining teams left in the playoffs, two are coached by Marin County high school grads. And with a little luck, they could meet up on the ultimate stage.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was a three-sport athlete at Redwood High in the 1960s. He was named the school's Athlete of the Year in 1969.

Carroll also played football at College of Marin for two years before playing Division I ball at University of the Pacific.

San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy graduated from San Marin High before going on to play quarterback at Cal State Long Beach.

Although an all-Marin Super Bowl scenario is a long shot, it's not completely far-fetched.

Both teams need two wins to get to the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks (13-3) are the NFC's top seed and have home field advantage for the rest of the playoffs.  

The Chargers (9-7) are the No. 6 seed in the AFC face long odds of surviving this weekend in Denver (the Broncos are 9 1/2 point favorites) let alone going to the Super Bowl.

They seem to be thriving in their underdog roles, however. The Chargers weren't given much of a chance of even making the playoffs after a 4-6 start, but they finished strong, winning four of their last five games.

Seattle's chances of making the Super Bowl are listed by Vegas Insider at even money.

The Chargers odds of playing in their first Super Bowl in 19 years are 7-to-1, meaning the chance of both teams going to East Rutherford are 14-to-1.


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Roger January 09, 2014 at 12:08 AM
I think most Marinites want to see the 49ers in the Super Bowl, not the Seahawks.
Sam January 09, 2014 at 06:33 AM
What you think and whats going to happen are two different things .
henry January 09, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Gideon thanks for pointing this out to the Patch community. Lots of Marin bred talent making waves in the professional and NCAA ranks these days.
Vince January 09, 2014 at 11:07 AM
I lived next door to the Carrolls growing up in Greenbrae, shot hoops in my front yard with Pete, and he was/is a great guy.... but once the 49ers take down the Panthers this weekend they will head to (probably) Seattle and deal with the Seahawks as well.


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