With the Cowboys and Texans being eliminated from the playoff tournament in the Divisional round, the only thing left to do now is pull for – or against – one (or more) of the four remaining teams fighting for a spot in Super Bowl LI. While the Texans are only a 14-year-old franchise and don’t have much against many teams, the Cowboys have some of the most rich and intense rivalries with two of the four teams who made it to the Championship round. If you’re a diehard fan of Dallas or Houston, then these are Super Bowl matchups you should be hoping for:
Result Cowboys fans should root for in the AFC Championship game: Patriots over Steelers
Like the 2016 election, Cowboys fans are stuck pulling for the lesser of the two evils. While it may be sickening to possibly witness Tom Brady and Bill Belichick host a Lombardi for a fifth time, which would tie Dallas for Super Bowl victories, it would be even worse to see Pittsburgh potentially earn a seventh Super Bowl ring, which would give the Steelers at least two more Super Bowl victories than any other team in the league. Pittsburgh and Dallas have butted heads for decades, and have faced off in three Super Bowls, with Pittsburgh holding a 2-1 edge in those games. Either way, the Cowboys can take solace in knowing one of these team’s seasons will end in disappointment.
Result Texans fans should root for in the AFC Championship game: Steelers over Patriots
The Texans don’t have beef with many teams in the league, but the Patriots happen to be one of them. New England has been responsible for Houston’s elimination twice in their four total trips to the playoffs in franchise history. To add insult to injury, New England shut out Houston earlier this season with a third-string rookie quarterback. Do Texans fans really want to see the Patriots representing the AFC in their home stadium?
Result Cowboys fans should root for in the NFC Championship game: Falcons over Packers
Duh. The Cowboys have had issues with the Packers for decades and have faced off against them 35 times in franchise history, with Green Bay holding an 18-17 all-time lead. Green Bay not only knocked Dallas out of this year’s postseason, they also defeated the Cowboys in the Divisional round two years ago, with a controversial no-catch call against Dez Bryant effectively ending Dallas’ campaign. To make matters worse, Green Bay went through Dallas in (what was formerly) the NFL Championship game in order to appear in both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. If the Packers win it all this season, then they will have as many rings as the Cowboys as well. Dallas has every reason to want Green Bay to lose on Sunday. Atlanta, on the other hand, holds a 10-16 all-time record against the Cowboys and has never beaten Dallas in a playoff game.
Result Texans fans should root for in the NFC Championship game: Packers over Falcons
This game has a neutral feel for many Texans fans. Houston has only played the Falcons four times in franchise history, holding a 2-2 record in these matchups. Meanwhile, Houston holds a 1-3 record against Green Bay, with one of those losses occurring in 2016. However, in Clay Matthews’ Verizon NFL Mobile TV commercial, he scored a defensive touchdown from a pile that came at the expense of the Texans. Not sure why Houston was chosen to be the opposing team in this clip, but they were, which may not be too pleasing for Texans fans to watch. But, the reason Houston fans should pull for the Packers is to assure Atlanta has no chance to claim a first Lombardi. Misery loves company, so the Texans, who have yet to appear in an AFC title game, shouldn’t enjoy watching yet another team exit the Lombardi-less list. Also, J.J. Watt, arguably the most iconic player in Texans’ history, was born and raised in Wisconsin, a state where he played high school and NCAA football. If Watt didn’t dominate while he was in Wisconsin, Houston would’ve never discovered him in the first place.