The Super Bowl is obviously football’s biggest single annual event, but as far as complete weekends go, this could be the best pro pigskin has to offer. The divisional playoffs pare down the top eight teams remaining to the four that battle for conference titles, and do so via a pair of doubleheaders. FSU has eight former players on those eight squads— well, on four of them, specifically.
The weekend’s first game sees Minnesota travel to San Francisco on Saturday, and if you want to root for Seminoles, then you’re pulling for the purple to pull off an upset. The Vikings start running back Dalvin Cook and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, while there are no ’Noles with the Niners. This one starts at 4:35 on NBC.
Saturday’s nightcap gets going at 8:15 on CBS and has Tennessee at Baltimore. There aren’t any FSU products in this game.
Sunday’s 3:05 game, in which Houston visits Kansas City on CBS, features several Seminole bigs. The Texans have offensive tackle Rod Johnson, and fellow tackle Rick Leonard is on their practice squad. Tackle Cam Erving and DT Derrick Nnadi play for the Chiefs.
Seattle is in Green Bay to wrap up the weekend at 6:40 on Fox. While the Packers don’t boast any Seminoles, veteran linebacker Dakoda Watson is with the Seahawks, as is DT Demarcus Christmas (although he’s on the physically unable to perform list).
We’ll treat this space as our weekend hangout for these games, so be sure to comment below while watching.