Sunday was a huge day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the three former Huskers as their win over the Packers puts them in the Super Bowl. While Ndamukong Suh played in the big game a few years back, for Lavonte David he will be playing in the game for the first time in his first appearance in the playoffs. Here’s a look at how each of these three former Huskers did in Sunday’s NFC Conference Championship Game.
Top Husker Performer
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay
Normally David is one of the Bucs leading tacklers, but against Green Bay he only finished with four tackles. But it’s in the passing game where David had his biggest impact as he locked down the middle of the field and rarely had a ball thrown his way. David’s biggest play game on the Packers second series as Rodgers rolled out to try and complete a touchdown pass and David was able to come free and knock the ball down. This eventually led to the Packers settling for a field goal as the Bucs got out to an early lead.
Had a Good Day
Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay
Stats will tell you that Suh didn’t have much of an impact, but that isn’t the whole truth as Suh had a big hand in the Bucs getting to Rodgers all game including 5 sacks and 8 quarterback hits. Early in the game Suh was used in a linebacker type role where he was “blitz” to try and confuse the offensive line. Suh was able to push the pocket and get one quarterback hit but also caused Rodgers to flee. Suh was also solid as usual in the run game oftentimes taking on double teams and still holding the point of attack.
Khalil Davis, Tampa Bay
With former starter Vita Vea back from injury and active for the game that meant the Bucs didn’t need Davis for their game against the Packers. Davis has shown upside the last several weeks and we’ll see whether or not he’ll be active for the Super Bowl.