SF 49ers playoff rooting guide for NFL Week 14
AFC East: Buffalo Bills
Do you hate the New England Patriots like 99.9 percent of everybody that isn’t a fan of them? Well, good news because you can get on the Buffalo Bills Bandwagon (trademark pending) as they look to usher in the new era of the AFC East with their first Super Bowl victory ever and first playoff win since last century.
Quarterback Josh Allen is one of the most likeable players in the NFL right now with how hard he’s worked to improve his game, too.
Oh, and he grew up a SF 49ers fan.
Verdict: Jump on
AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs
This is an expectedly bad team for Niners fans to jump on, given the Kansas City Chiefs defeated San Francisco in the Super Bowl last February.
But to be honest, is that any reason to not like them?
If you’re anything like me, you’re in awe both of how quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks set to dominate the game for the next decade, and how well the Chiefs built their roster.
Verdict: OK to jump on, but I’d understand if you didn’t want to
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
Does anyone else think the Pittsburgh Steelers got a tad overrated in their undefeated run? They had bad games against bad teams that they barely scraped by, and then lost their undefeated run by being beaten comprehensively by Washington.
Also it’s the Steelers, they have enough trophies.
Verdict: I wouldn’t
AFC South: Tennessee Titans
Smashmouth running game? Check. Non-superstar quarterback leading the team at the helm? Check. Good defense helping the team deliver results? Check.
If you want to get on this team, it’s not hard to see why.
Verdict: All aboard the AFC version of the Niners
NFC East: New York Giants
As I write this, it’s a two-horse race between the NY Giants and Washington for the NFC East. If anyone had this happening, you’re either a psychic or a liar.
But while the Giants have the underdogs label, SF 49ers fans have a long memory of the devastation inflicted upon us.
No thank you.
Verdict: Why bother, they’re just going to lose in the first round anyway
NFC West: LA Rams
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
Granted, watching Aaron Rodgers get revenge on the Green Bay Packers for drafting another quarterback by winning games is a fun narrative, but come on.
Verdict: Only if you think Rodgers will move to the Bay Area for some reason
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
Save this for that one relative you have that’s always crying about something, and insists everything is a conspiracy against them.
And you have to listen to them because of that ONE time that they legitimately got screwed so you can’t deny it entirely.