This Wednesday's Origin clash is the very definition of a decider.
Not only is the 2017 State of Origin series going to be decided in front of a sell out Suncorp Stadium. Also to be decided are the futures of some of Origin's biggest figures, especially those representing south of the Tweed.
Fox Sports is reporting that Laurie Daley's contract as New South Wales coach expires at the end of this year's rep season. There are reports that regardless of the result, he may step away from the Origin coaching caldron.
Although there may be a possibility of Daley re-signing, a loss on Wednesday Night would take the choice out of Daley's hands, his coaching career at this level would be over.
Queensland entered the series outsiders for the first time in a decade. They were there for the taking. The efforts in Origin One, where the Blues blew their hosts off the park, were a sight to behold.
Ask anyone other than the Queensland players themselves, the series was over. Three-nil. The end of a QLD era, the start of a NSW dynasty.
Fast forward to the mere formality of beating Queensland in front of 82,000+ at ANZ Stadium, and it all went belly up.
The Queenslanders picked their best side, and Johnathan Thurston returned.
Daley and co had no answers despite dominating the game for probably 75% of the 80 minutes.
Thurston and Cronk had the answers. A tough conversion made to look like a warm up kick from in front.
With Thurston out injured again, Laurie Daley has been given a golden opportunity to win his second series as the coach and enter New South Wales folklore.
There are no excuses in this series. New South Wales have a massive talent pool to choose from, including some of the form players of the competition.
Daley needs to lead his side to victory, there are no ifs or butts about it. His Origin coaching career depends on it.
Another who will either live or die to Wednesday's result is the Blues number seven, Mitchell Pearce.
The Roosters superstar has had more Origin lives than any other in the competition's history, Pearce has been delivered an opportunity to completely re-write his standing in the Origin arena.
A win places him among the likes of Johns, Sterling and Hodkinson, as series winners.
A loss will cement his place as the most maligned Origin player in history. Another series loss with him at the helm will surely end his representative career.
He is far from the only player in history to fail to translate supreme club form into rep success. He will, however, be the most remembered due to the dominance of the opponents, and the fact he is a halfback.
All the reports pre-series indicated the side was picked around Pearce, with the number seven given full control. It is his side, with a brilliant supporting cast provided to help him reclaim the Origin shield.
A loss on Wednesday night proves Pearce is not up to rep footy and proves every single doubter of his abilities at this level to be correct.
A win won't erase the memories of series lost previously, but I for one will be more than happy to forget and welcome our new great Origin overlord.
Maloney, Dugan, and Morris probably play their final Origins on Wednesday if a loss follows, with the likes of Moylan, Mansour and Mitchell looking like long-term Origin mainstays.
If the Blues lose on Wednesday night, they may not be there in sky blue next season, but one thing is for sure, Pearce and Daley surely won't be.
Personally, I can't wait to see Mitchell Pearce lift that Origin trophy on the night of his greatest triumph.
If I were Pearce though, I would save my smart ass comments until the final siren. Never, EVER count this champion Queensland side out.