There were none, until Sunday when the New York Jets accomplished that.
The Jets knocked off Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the road. Now in order to get to the game of a lifetime, where they spent all training camp HBO's Hard Knocks focusing on the Super Bowl, the Jets and Fireman Ed (the league-wide known Jets' fan and the debated originator of the team's famous chant "J-E-T-S, Jets!, Jets!, Jets!") must journey to Heinz Field to scratch off another Super Bowl winning quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
"He (Roethlisberger) keeps plays alive. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are huge men, but they approach things a little different," said Jets coach Rex Ryan in his Monday press conference. "Brady will sit in there and then throw the ball at the last second and then you hit him. Peyton, if you have a free run and he doesn't like what he sees, even though he's the hardest guy in the league to sack, eventually he'll get down with the ball. He won't take the hit.
"Whereas, I mentioned it before, Roethlisberger will beat you up. He'll hold the ball and then when you come in there, it's like "I only have a free runner or one or two guys, let's knock this guy down." He'll just stand there and then make plays down the field."
Roethlisberger doesn't cause defenders and defensive coordinators sleepless nlghts the way Manning and Brady do, but he gets the job done perhaps better than any quarterback in the league because he doesn't need everything around him to go right to be successful. When plays break down or if there's a mix up, that's when Big Ben is at his best and if defenders are locked in on him, Roethlisberger is even better.
"Tom Brady is not looking to move and is looking to be hit. Ben Roethlisberger wants to be hit," said defensive end Trevor Pryce. "There is a much different mentality and he brings a tough-guy mentality to the game."
Roethlisberger won't take off and easily pick up a 50-yard gain like Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, but with his ability to keep plays alive with his legs, he can earn those yards by creating time for his receivers.
"I've never seen a guy take the hits he can take and also make people miss the way he does and be as accurate on the run," said Ryan. "The kid from Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, can really throw it on the run as well, but Roethlisberger does it differently.
"He's a lot faster athlete than you think. He can move as well. He's there to buy time and throw it down the field. That's where you have to do a great job of plastering your coverage, staying on your man. (His receiver) might be 60, 70 yards down the field and Roethlisberger can still get him the football."
Roethlisberger and the Steelers probably will be the toughest test for the Jets because the black and gold will simply line-up, snap the ball and come at them in a physical manner. However, facing Roethlisberger and the Steelers could be less stressful because their formations aren't as complex compared to the Colts and Patriots and Roethlisberger won't play any mind games like Manning and Brady.
Fortunately for the Jets, their head coach and players like Pryce and linebacker Bart Scott are familiar with Roethlisberger and they'll be sharing their experience all week.
"He's tough, he's loose, he's a great football player, but I think he embodies the temperament of a winner," said Pryce. "Rex has the utmost respect for him. He's told us that many times in Baltimore and he's going to tell you guys that here."
Ryan would've played the two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback on defense because of his size and toughness. Roethlisberger is hard to bring down so the best thing for the Jets to do is force Big Ben to get rid of the ball before he wants to, but that's easier said than done.
"I would've made him a defensive end when he came out, but obviously, he has the heart. He's tough, everything you look for, a competitor," Ryan. "He's anybody's kind of quarterback. Anybody would love to have that, and quite honestly, I like our guy (quarterback Mark Sanchez). Our guy is tough. He's like that. Sanchez is not a giant. He's only like 6-2 or something and 220. This guy (Roethlisberger) is a giant, 6-6, probably 240, 250 pounds or something.
"Drew Coleman (cornerback), I think, did it best last time. He did sack him twice because he knocked the ball out. There was no way Drew was going to get him down. It's like, "Hey, I think it's a lot easier just to get the ball out." Maybe that's a strategy we all need to take."