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’Noles in the NFL: Wild Card Weekend

Which former ’Noles made it through to the divisional round?

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 15, Philadelphia Eagles 16


NT Eddie Goldman: recorded four tackles (two solo) and a TFL. Chicago’s season came to an end when Cody Parkey’s game-winning field goal bounced off the left upright, ending Goldman’s season and dampening his birthday celebrations:

Nonetheless, Goldman enjoyed a productive season, becoming the unsung hero on a talent-laden defense.


LB Nigel Bradham: had a monster game, recording seven solo tackles, two TFL’s, and two passes defended.

Bradham was fired up after the game and will hope to take that momentum into next weekend when they take on New Orleans:

DT Timmy Jernigan: made the stat sheet with a solo tackle, one sack, a TFL and a QB hit.

Jernigan donned a ski mask (a symbol of motivation for Eagles players in recent weeks) and celebrated with his head coach after the victory:

DE Josh Sweat: (Injured Reserve)

DB Ronald Darby: (Injured Reserve)

Los Angeles Chargers 23, Baltimore Ravens 17


S Derwin James: finished the first playoff game of his career with four solo tackles, a TFL, and a QB hit. The versatility of the first-round safety was on display as the Chargers switched up their defensive game plan by utilizing James at linebacker to aid in stopping the run:

James can add making it to the the divisional round of the playoffs to the laundry list of feats he has accomplished in his first year as his team is set to take on New England in Foxborough next weekend. Last week, he was named to the Pro Bowl by the fans and this week he officially became an all-pro safety in his rookie year:

James also graded out as the top safety by Pro Football Focus, and was named their defensive rookie of the year:

Safe to say James was excited after the game:



Seattle Seahawks 22, Dallas Cowboys 24


K Sebastian Janikowski: the 40-year old phenom made good on two kicks from 27 and 42-yards respectfully. However, he did miss a 57-yard attempt and was injured on the play and officially ruled out with a thigh injury.

The unfortunate end to the season for Janikowski paired with his age makes it hard to imagine the kicker coming back for another year in the league. If that was his last rodeo, he will hang his cleats up sitting at number 10 on the NFL’s all-time leading scorers list with 1,913 points over a 19 year career.

Cowboys: (none)

Indianapolis Colts 21, Houston Texans 7

Colts: (none)

Texans: (none)