While the Tennessee Titans pulled off a magical win, they pulled in a fan from an unexpected source in Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.
The Tennessee Titans won in the Wild Card round against the defending champion New England Patriots to continue a magical season. The Titans won a 20-13 nail-biter on Saturday that saw Derrick Henry run all over the No. 1 defense with a 182 yards on a season-high 34 carries.
While Henry and the lovable Titans beat the Patriots, they won over fans across the country. It looks like a particular AFC South foe was cheering the Titans on, also.
Second-year pro Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts spent the weekend cheering on fellow AFC South teams in Tennessee and the Houston Texans.
The Texans won the division after stringing together crucial victories down the stretch that included a Week 15 win over the Titans. Meanwhile, Tennessee needed a little more help, but secured a wild-card berth in Week 17 against the Texans.
With the two AFC South teams playing in the Wild-Card round, the Colts linebacker found himself rooting for the division rivals.
It’s quite uncommon for fans to root for division rivals. During the many seasons in the past decade where the Titans did not make the playoffs, I rarely found myself rooting for our division rivals.
However, there is a common dislike for the Patriots between the AFC teams due to their dominance.
Tennessee has also become darlings in the media. After years of being brushed aside, the Titans have garnered a lot of attention. With Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown, and Henry leading an exciting offense, the boys in two-tone blue are a team in the playoffs casual fans can root for.
It’s exciting to see Tennessee bring on division rivals as well, although I’m not sure how happy Colts fans will be with that.