Dawgs in the NFL: Week 17

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Dawgs in the NFL: Week 17

Mecole Hardman
Mecole Hardman

The NFL regular season came to an end on Sunday, with seven AFC and seven NFC teams advancing to the playoffs. There are 24 Georgia alums on active rosters, practice squads, or reserve lists among those 14 squads. The Bulldogs have had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster for 19 straight seasons.
 
    In the AFC, the Chiefs with receiver Mecole Hardman, defensive back Deandre Baker, and defensive lineman Tyler Clark have the No. 1 seed and the first-round bye. No. 2 Buffalo boasts quarterback Jake Fromm and receiver Isaiah McKenzie, while kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and defensive end Justin Houston suit up for No. 7 Indianapolis. Third-seeded Pittsburgh will host No. 6 Cleveland and running back Nick Chubb. No. 4 Tennessee will have offensive linemen Ben Jones and Isaiah Wilson pitted against No. 5 Baltimore, which has snapper Nick Moore and tight end Eli Wolf.


 
    Green Bay and tight end Isaac Nauta earned the top seed and the bye in the NFC. No. 2 New Orleans will host No. 7 Chicago, which has receivers Reggie Davis, Riley Ridley, and Javon Wims; linebacker Roquan Smith; and defensive lineman John Jenkins. No. 3 Seattle, with defensive back Jayson Stanley, will entertain No. 6 Los Angeles, which features linebackers Leonard Floyd and Natrez Patrick and defensive backs Tyrique McGhee and J.R. Reed. Fourth-seeded Washington with linebacker Thomas Davis will host No. 5 Tampa Bay.
 
    The Saturday wild-card games will be Colts-Bills at 1 p.m., Rams-Seahawks at 4:40 p.m., and Buccaneers-Washington at 8:15 p.m. Sunday’s action will be Ravens-Titans at 1:05 p.m., Bears-Saints at 4:40 p.m., and Browns-Steelers at 8:15 p.m.
 
    Here is how the Bulldogs in the NFL fared in Week 17:
 
    Bills 56, Dolphins 26
    Jake Fromm, QB: Fromm was on the Bills’ inactive list.
    Isaiah McKenzie, WR: McKenzie had six catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, and two kickoff returns for 32 yards for Buffalo.
    Solomon Kindley, OL: Kindley was active, but he did not see any action for Miami.
 
    Browns 24, Steelers 22
    Nick Chubb, RB: Chubb had 14 carries for 108 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown, for the Browns, who earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. Chubb finished seventh in the NFL with 1,067 yards and came in fourth with 12 touchdowns.
 
    Colts 28, Jaguars 14
    Rodrigo Blankenship, PK: Blankenship hit field goals of 22 and 24 yards and he went 2-for-2 on extra points for the Colts, who clinched a playoff berth. He finished fifth in the NFL with 32 field goals and 139 points and came in 10th with 43 PATs.
    Justin Houston, DE: Houston had two tackles, including half a sack for 3.5 yards, for Indianapolis.
    Chris Conley, WR: Conley led the Jaguars with seven catches for 87 yards.
    Terry Godwin, WR: Godwin had three receptions for 32 yards — the first catches of his career — for Jacksonville.


 
    Titans 41, Texans 38
    Ben Jones, OL: Jones played all 71 snaps at center and helped Tennessee accumulate 492 total yards. The Titans clinched the AFC South title for the first time since 2008.
 
    Rams 18, Cardinals 7
    Leonard Floyd, LB: Floyd had two tackles, including a 9-yard sack, and forced a fumble for the Rams, who clinched a playoff spot. Floyd finished ninth in the NFL with 10.5 sacks.
    Natrez Patrick, LB: Patrick logged 19 special teams plays for Los Angeles, but he did not have any statistics.
    J.R. Reed, DB: Reed appeared on 14 special teams plays, but he did not have any statistics for the Rams.
    Lamont Gaillard, OL: Gaillard was on the Cardinals’ inactive list.
 
    Packers 35, Bears 16
    John Jenkins, DL: Jenkins had one tackle for Chicago, which clinched a playoff berth.
    Riley Ridley, WR: Ridley was on the Bears’ inactive list.
    Roquan Smith, LB: Smith registered three tackles, including one for loss, for Chicago. Smith wound up second in the NFL with 98 solo tackles, fourth with 18 tackles for loss, and sixth with 139 total tackles.
    Javon Wims, WR: Wims was targeted twice, but he did not have any statistics for the Bears.
 
    Chargers 38, Chiefs 21
    Deandre Baker, DB: Baker had five tackles, including an 11-yard sack, and defended one pass for the Chiefs before exiting with a third-quarter injury.
    Mecole Hardman, WR: Hardman had two catches for 25 yards for Kansas City.
 
    Seahawks 26, 49ers 23
    Jayson Stanley, DB: Stanley was not active for Seattle.
    Charlie Woerner, TE: Woerner had a 3-yard reception for the 49ers.
 
    Washington 20, Eagles 14
    Thomas Davis, LB: Davis was not active for Washington, which won the NFC East title.


 
    Giants 23, Cowboys 19
    Tae Crowder, LB: Crowder led New York with 11 tackles, including one for loss.
    Andrew Thomas, OL: Thomas played all 58 snaps on offense, helping the Giants accumulate 336 total yards.
 
    Vikings 37, Lions 35
    Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford went 20-for-31 for 293 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions.
    D’Andre Swift, RB: Swift had 12 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 16 yards for Detroit.
 
    Buccaneers 44, Falcons 27
    Todd Gurley, RB: Gurley had nine carries for 18 yards and a 17-yard reception for the Falcons.
 
    Patriots 28, Jets 14
    Lawrence Cager, WR: Cager was not active for the Jets.
    David Andrews, OL: Andrews was not active for New England.
    Sony Michel, RB: Michel had 16 carries for 76 yards and three catches for 60 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, for the Patriots.
 
    Ravens 38, Bengals 3
    A.J. Green, WR: Green was targeted six times, but he did not have any statistics for Cincinnati.
    Shawn Williams, DB: Williams had two tackles on special teams and one tackle on defense for the Bengals.
 
    Practice Squads
    Chiefs: Tyler Clark, DL
    Eagles: Elijah Holyfield, RB
    Jaguars: Cameron Nizialek, P
    Packers: Isaac Nauta, TE
    Rams: Tyrique McGhee, DB
    Ravens: Nick Moore, LS; Eli Wolf, TE
    Texans: Davin Bellamy, LB
 
    Reserve Lists
    Bears: Reggie Davis, WR (practice squad injured reserve)
    Bengals: Geno Atkins, DL (injured reserve)
    Dolphins: Jonathan Ledbetter, DL (non-football injury)
    Giants: Lorenzo Carter, LB (injured reserve)
    Jaguars: Abry Jones, DL (injured reserve)
    Jets: Jordan Jenkins, LB (injured reserve)
    Lions: John Atkins, DL (COVID opt-out)
    Patriots: Michael Barnett, DL (injured reserve); Isaiah Wynn, OL (injured reserve/designated for return)
    Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OL (non-football injury)​

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