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The ‘official’ Ohio State fan rooting guide for the NFL playoffs’ championship round

Just five former Buckeyes remain in the race to Super Bowl LIV

Tennessee Titans v Houston Texans Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

We’re officially down to four teams in the 2020 NFL playoffs, and just five of the 19 former Buckeyes that made it to the postseason are still fighting for the Super Bowl LIV title. The games begin today at 3:05 p.m. ET, and we’re telling you who to root for and why:

Sunday, Jan. 19

Titans at Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

While we’ve been spending the last two weeks hoping and praying that the Titans lose ASAP so Ryan Day can finally hire Kerry Coombs as Ohio State’s secondary coach (we all know it’s happening, let’s not beat around the bush), all they’ve done is win. So, now we’re kind of like... what’s a couple more weeks?

It’s been highly entertaining seeing Titans head coach and former Buckeye defensive lineman Mike Vrabel trending in the media. Like, highly entertaining.

He beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the wild card round and then backed that up by taking down the arguably best quarterback in the league, Lamar Jackson, and the Baltimore Ravens. Those are no easy feats, my friends, so we might as well root for him to win the whole damn thing. (After all, adding a super bowl winning coach to the Ohio State coaching staff can’t hurt, right?)

Disclaimer: The Chiefs have a former Buckeye of their own: linebacker Darron Lee. So, if you’re impatient and just want the Titans’ season to end already, at least you have a Buckeye to root for.

Packers at 49ers, 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX, fuboTV)

Former Ohio State center Corey Linsley and the Green Bay Packers will head to San Fran to take on former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and the 49ers.

While the 49ers have been getting most of the hype and are favorited by many to win the Super Bowl, both teams are still 14-3 and, well, Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, which basically means you can’t count them out just yet. The man is a miracle worker.

BUT, the 49ers already beat the Packers earlier this season 37-8, so while I think you can expect a closer game this time around, I think the 49ers end up victorious once again. (Please save your “it’s hard to beat the same team twice” comments).

Why should you want the 49ers to win? Because if any other former Buckeye has been talked about, photographed, tweeted about, etc. more than Vrabel these last few weeks, it’s Nick Bosa — the defensive and overall NFL Rookie of the Year and who’s playoff debut looked like this: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 quarterback hits, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup.

If you want Super Bowl LIV to be led by former Buckeyes, you want Titans vs. 49ers in Miami.


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