NFL Playoffs: Rooting Guide And Open Thread

The New England Patriots cheerleaders entertain fans in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL season opener on September 12 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Jets square off with the New England Patriots today in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS). I find myself in the awkward position of rooting for the Patriots today, mostly since I hate them less than I hate the Jets.

In all honesty, if you like teams who do things the right way (except for the occasional Spygate incident) you have to root for the Pats today. As much as we may dislike the Patriots, I think this week Giants fans have to root for them.

In today's other game, the Chicago Bears host the Seattle Seahawks (1 p.m. ET, FOX). This game ticks me off because the Giants beat both of these teams, handily, and I believe the Giants are a better team than either of them. Yet, they put themselves in position to keep playing and the Giants didn't.

As for rooting guide, it would be nice to root for the underdog Seahawks and I won't blame you if you do. I, however, will be rooting for the Bears. Bears vs. Packers just sounds like a cool NFC Championship Game match-up. Besides, if the Seahawks win they would actually host the game next week. Who really wants to see a 7-9 team host the NFC Championship Game? That should be something that would really tick off a fan of a team that went 10-6 and didn't even get into the tournament.

Anyway, use this as your Open Thread for today's games.

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