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Pro Big Red: Huskers in the NFL Divisional Round

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We’re down to the final four NFL teams

Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The AFC and NFC conference championships are this Sunday; whoever wins this weekend is heading to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl on February 3. I’ve been pretty vocal this season about being a Chiefs fan, so I’m very excited to say the least.

The only downside about this weekend is that the Chiefs and Saints, who have no former Huskers on their rosters, are projected to win and make it to Atlanta. There’s no way I’d root for the Patriots, Sorry Rex, so I guess if you want to extend the 25-year streak of having a former Husker in the Super Bowl you’re going to have to root for the Rams. There were a number of former Huskers that got knocked out of the playoffs this round, and I’ll be sure to recap their season stats in my final article in a few weeks.

Offense

Rex Burkhead RB - New England Patriots: The Patriots have switched to more 21 personnel in the last few games. Since Burkhead’s return from IR, he hasn’t gotten a ton of reps because of the emergence of rookie RB Sony Michel and pass catcher James White. In the Patriot’s game against the Chargers Burkhead had four rushing attempts for 12 yards, but he did punch in for a touchdown. He also had one reception for seven yards. The Patriots go on the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs for a chance to go to the Super Bowl on Sunday at 5:40.

Defense

Maliek Collins DT - Dallas Cowboys: I know a lot of people who were happy when the Cowboys got knocked out of the playoffs, but if you’re a fan of former Huskers in the NFL I’m sorry. As I’m sure everybody reading this knows there are three former Huskers on the Cowboys, and Collins had the best game out of any of them. In fact, this might’ve been a career game for him. He recorded six total tackles in the Cowboys’ loss to the Rams on Saturday.

Randy Gregory DE - Dallas Cowboys: Gregory on the other hand, didn’t have a spectacular game against the Rams. He only recorded one tackle in the Cowboys’ season finale.

Ndamukong Suh DT - Los Angeles Rams: Suh only had four tackles in the Rams’ game against the Cowboys, but he was making a huge difference in that game. He was finally able to do what the Rams wanted him to, and the reason they signed him in the offseason. He was getting pressure on Dad Prescott A LOT. The Rams travel to New Orleans to play the Saints at 2:05

Special Teams

Brett Maher K - Dallas Cowboys: Maher didn’t have any field goal attempts against the Rams, but he did go 2/2 on PATs. It’s going to be interesting to see if Maher returns with the Cowboys next season because he was either hot or cold this year.