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Which former Seminoles are headed to conference championships?

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Dalvin Cook

Cook’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon thanks to a dominant defensive performance by the 49ers. San Francisco’s defensive line dominated the point of attack while their offense controlled the time of possesion, allowing Minnesota to run just 39 plays.

Bottling of Dalvin Cook was obviously a big part of the game plan and the Niners became one of the only teams with an answer to Cook this season, holding him to just 18 yards on 9 carries and 8 yards on 6 receptions.

Despite the disappointing end to the season, NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported the Vikings will look to sign Cook to an extension this offseason:

Xavier Rhodes

Targeted frequently on Saturday, Rhodes didn’t turn in his best performance despite recording 6 tackles (4 solo) and a pass defended.

The former Pro Bowler has had a rough season overall, dealing with injury and not playing up to the “Rhodes Closed” level that we’re used to seeing from him. It’s entirely possibly that Rhodes may have played his last game for the Vikings on Saturday considering he turns 30 next year and commands quite a cap hit:

If he does end up looking for a new team this offseason, a fully healthy former First-Team All-Pro corner will likely generate plenty of interest among NFL teams.

Derrick Nnadi

Without Chris Jones in the starting lineup the Chiefs would look to rotational players to step up in his place and Nnadi did just that. Kansas City mounted a historic comeback after being down 24-0, going on to win 51-31:

Nnadi anchored the center of the defensive line, recording 2 tackles (1 solo). And while his stats might not jump out at you, the second-year DT has been one of Kansas City’s most consistent players this year:

Cameron Erving

A backup offensive lineman, Erving has contributed this year with injuries occuring along the line. Erving was a reserve on Saturday, but anyone that watched the broadcast saw Erving featured prominently, hyping up his teammates after plays. Backup or not, Erving is through to the AFC Championship all the same:

Roderick Johnson

Johnson is another backup offensive lineman that has contributed a good amount for his team this season. His number was called as Houston’s starting right tackle left the game. In fact, the Texans scored their first touchdown right after Johnson came in:

The tide would soon turn, however, and the Texans squandered their 24 point lead.

Win or lose, after the game it was all love between former teammates:

Dekoda Watson

Watson was a full-go in practice ahead of Seattle’s matchup with Green Bay and was active on game day:

However, he would not record any stats as the Seahawks’ comeback came up short in Lambeau.