Best NFL Rivalries That Are Still Relevant

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Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The Baltimore Ravens offense lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Rivalry games in the NFL are something special. To take two teams, cities, and fan-bases that just generally don’t like each other and pit them against each other in the format of a football game is just beautiful. One side gets the instant bragging rights and validation up until the next matchup and the other side gets to patiently wait for revenge.

It’s hard to maintain rivalries in today’s NFL with free agency, coaching changes, etc.; the teams’ might not like each other but the rivalry really isn’t relevant unless something is on the line when the game is played. To be still relevant the rivalry has to have some edge to give it national attention, and not just be a historical rival only the die-hard fans truly appreciate.

Here are some of the best rivalries left in the NFL that are still relevant, in no particular order.

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