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’Noles in the NFL: Wild Card Weekend

Former Seminoles face off for a spot in the divisional round.

Wild Card Round - Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Dalvin Cook

Resting Cook for the playoffs payed off for Minnesota as his big day coupled with some clutch moments from quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Vikings to victory over the Saints in a controversial overtime (more on that later).

With 130 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, Cook was a problem for the Saints defense all day:

Cook has been a monster in the red zone this year and Sunday afternoon was no different:

It’s been over 10 year’s since a Minnesota running back put together a playoff performance like Cook’s. You may have heard of him, and he recognized Cook’s efforts following the game:

P.J. Williams

It was a tough afternoon for Williams, who not only ended up on the losing side of Sunday’s overtime, but was the defensive back beat for the controversial game-winning touchdown:

The play in question has already been hotly debated due to Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph’s apparent push-off, which some argued rose to the level of offensive pass interference:

Pro Football Talk argued that Rudolph’s push was consistent with what has been ruled OPI this year, but VP of officiating Al Riveron defended the call following the game:

Terrence Brooks

Like Williams, Brooks also had a tough night at the office. Brooks, who has been dealing with a groin injury, entered the game in place of injured starter Patrick Chung and was instantly picked on for a touchdown:

It was a bad night for New England’s defense overall with Tennessee RB Derrick Henry exploding for over 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns, but Brooks took the loss especially hard:

Other Notable Statlines

Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings: Recorded 4 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defended.

Mario Edwards Jr, New Orleans Saints: Recorded 2 tackles (1 solo) and a TFL.

Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles: Recorded 5 tacles (4 solo) as the injury-plagued Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs:

Timmy Jernigan, Philadelphia Eagles: Recorded two tackles.