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Huskers in the NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round

David Shines once again in the Playoffs.

Divisional Round - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The second round of the NFL playoffs have come and gone and our list of former Huskers playing continues to go down. This weekend we only had five alumni in the four games, however that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have Huskers playing a prominent role. See how each former Husker did in the Divisional Round with a summary of each player’s performance.

Top Husker Performer

Lavonte David, Tampa Bay

Sure David’s seven tackles was second best on the team, but his impact on this game goes past just making tackles. David has proven to be one of the best coverage linebackers and he was able to prove that against the talented Alvin Kamara and the Saints tight ends. Kamara finished with only 20 yards receiving while the tight ends had less than 30 combined yards receiving. It was even David’s coverage on Cook at the end of the game that helped cause the interception by Sean Bunting-Murphy that sealed the game.

Had a Good Day

Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay

It was a quiet statistical day for Suh as he only finished with three total tackles but he continued his role of helping the Bucs have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. New Orleans only rushed for 104 yards. Suh did a good job of holding his own against double teams but was also able to push the pocket to take away running lanes throughout the game.

Up and Down Game

Sam Koch, Baltimore

Trying to punt Saturday Night in the Buffalo wind was tough for both punters and that was evident in a 23 yard punt that the wind just took over. Koch was able to adjust and then continued to perform at his usual level averaging nearly 50 yards per punt if you exclude the first 23 yard punt. The same couldn’t be said for Buffalo punter Corey Bojorquez who struggled all night.

Had a Rough Day

Andy Janovich, Cleveland

Any notion of the Browns going run heavy and us seeing plenty of Andy Janovich in an effort to keep the high powered Chiefs off the field ended up not happening. Instead Janovich only played four total offensive snaps and two of those were routes he ran where Baker Mayfield didn’t even look in his direction. Unfortunately Janovich’s highlight was when he picked up a squib kick at the end of the first half and handed it back to the return man.

No Impact

Khalil Davis, Tampa Bay

After playing 18 snaps last week against Washington, Davis’ role was reduced with starter Steve McLendon back from the Covid List. Davis was still active for the Bucs but only saw two defensive snaps and was unable to make any impact in the Bucs win. We’ll see next week against the Packers if he gets more playing time, but that’s likely not going to happen.