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Monday open thread: Who are you rooting for (or against) in the playoffs?

Who are you rooting for now? Are you even watching?

Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It’s hard to watch football after the Detroit Lions have been knocked out of the playoffs. After the frustrating finish to the season, it’s tempting to just wall yourself from the NFL completely. But then you check Twitter and everyone is talking about some crazy hit or another terrible call, and you start toying with the idea of tuning in. Then it hits you: There’s no more real Lions football left for another eight months.

Maybe if you just watch a single quarter of the playoffs—just get a taste of the action—it’ll be enough to say goodbye to the 2016 season and move on. All it takes is one frustratingly amazing play from Aaron Rodgers and suddenly it becomes your mission to watch football until the Packers are embarrassed off the field. The NFL has its claws into the nape of your neck and you’re hooked all over again.

Well, at least that’s what it’s like for me. Today’s Question of the Day is:

What team are you rooting for in the NFL Playoffs now that the Lions are out? Or, rather, which teams are you actively rooting against?

My answer: I am all for parity and underdogs. I am absolutely sick of the Cowboys and Packers and Steelers and Patriots. After all, if someone outside of the dominant tier of franchises wins it all, doesn’t that give us all a little hope that the Lions will someday be the team that takes down the behemoths of the league? So give me Chiefs over Falcons and I’ll be happy. Just not the Packers, please?

Your turn.

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