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Bill Belichick vs. Pete Carroll matchup set to make (ancient) history

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Everyone with an affinity for football will be tuning in to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks square off for Sunday Night Football in Week 2. While all eyes will be on Cam Newton and Russell Wilson, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll are set to make history on Sunday night.

Heading into Sunday’s much-anticipated matchup, Carroll enters the game as the oldest head coach in the NFL at 69 years old. On the other hand, Belichick is just a year younger than him at 68 years old.

As a result, with combined ages of 137 years, Carroll and Belichick will become the oldest head coach matchup in NFL history. The oldest matchup before Sunday night’s intriguing contest was between Don Shula and Marv Levy in 1995. Shula was 65 years old and Levy was 70 years old, giving them a combined age of 135 years.

Both Carroll and Belichick have carved out successful careers in the NFL despite Carroll’s rough beginning in the league. For those that don’t know, Carroll was the head coach of the Patriots before Belichick accepted the job in 2000.

After a stint with the USC Trojans from 2001-2009, Carroll then joined the Seahawks in 2010. Altogether, both Carroll and Belichick have combined for seven Super Bowl rings and 42 playoff victories.

Of course, Bill Belichick has six Super Bowl wins himself and 31 playoff wins, with 30 of them coming with the Patriots. Amid the bevy of intriguing matchups between Seattle and New England in Week 2, the one creating history is the one taking place between Carroll and Belichick.