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Paul Klee's rooting interests for NFL championship Sunday

By: Paul Klee
January 19, 2018 Updated: January 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Rooting Interests

The Broncos have a primo seat on the couch for Sunday's championship games in the AFC (New England vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m., CBS) and NFC (Philadelphia vs. Minnesota, 4:40 p.m., Fox). Get your popcorn ready. Paul Klee ranks the rooting interests for Broncos fans:

1. Jaguars

Go, Jags! Any team with a swimming pool in its stadium is cool by me. And the daughter of Jags owner Shahid Khan once saved my backside on a passport snafu. (True story.) Plus, we declared long-suffering Jags fans to be the best in sports. Did somebody order Bortles service?

No, Jags! An AFC team overcomes subpar quarterbacking, thanks to an all-timer defense? Hmmm. Sounds familiar. But does Broncos Country really want more competition for the title of "best defense of the 21st century?" Two more wins put Sacksonville in the conversation.

2. Vikings

Skol! Who can root against the Minneapolis Miracles? Sure, you run the risk of endless comparisons between the Saints' gaffe and Rahim Moore's Mile High Mistake. But Moore's was worse. With a top-five offense and defense, the '12 Broncos should've been a Super Bowl lock.

Skol's out: Rule No. 1: The Super Bowl should never be held in a cold-weather city. Still numb from a week of single-digit temps at Super Bowl XLVIII - the bad one, not the Von Miller one - how about a rotation: Miami, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles (at Kroenke's new pad)?

3. Eagles

Fly, Eagles, Fly: Who woulda thunk it? Philadelphia ranks surprisingly high on the list of cities a Broncos fan should visit for a roadie. The top five, since you were wondering: New Orleans, Nashville, Seattle, Green Bay and, yes, Philly. Hey, I'm a sucker for American history museums.

Bye, bye, Eagles: Nick Foles, Super Bowl QB? Don't let the Broncos see that. After consecutive seasons were sabotaged by mediocre quarterbacking, we can't let Denver get any ideas about driving that road again. The answer has a name: Kirk Cousins. Go get him.

4. Patriots

Go, Pats: Any Coloradan who roots for the Patriots also kicks puppies. It's science. And can you imagine how John Elway must feel? He went 11-0 vs. the Pats as a QB, only to see New England win a pair of Super Bowl titles during his run as an executive. Ugh. That tickles.

No, Pats: OK, so the idea of Handsome Tom playing a true road game in the Super Bowl, at Minnesota, adds a level of intrigue. But this is Brady's Super Bowl to lose. For his reign to end in '18, these challengers are the only hope: Adam Gase (in the AFC East) or Elway (in the AFC).

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