Dawgs in NFL: Georgia football once again well represented in NFL playoffs

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Alum Todd Gurley gives Georgia another good candidate to not only play on the Super Bowl, but also to contend for MVP honors.

ATHENS — If the NFL Playoffs hold to form this year, Georgia will be able boast another incredible accomplishment when it comes to its alums’ impact in the league.

As long as the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers don’t end up playing each other in the Super Bowl — and there’s some long odds on that at the moment — the Bulldogs will have had at least one player competing for a team that advanced to the Super Bowl for 18 consecutive years.

The New Orleans Saints are favored over the defending champion Eagles in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Chargers are also underdogs as they travel across the country to face the New England Patriots in an AFC divisional matchup in frigid Foxboro. Neither the Eagles nor Chargers currently have any Bulldogs on their roster.

Otherwise, UGA has representatives on the rosters of the other six participating teams.

In most cases, the Bulldogs have major, front-line players on those teams. What would be even more amazing is if one of those players happens to earn MVP honors in the Super Bowl. Georgia already has three former players — more than any SEC team — who have earned MVP honors in the Super Bowl. They are Miami Dolphins safety Jake Scott, Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward.

Here’s how the Bulldogs did during the Wild Card Weekend:

Philadelphia Eagles 16, Chicago Bears 15

  • Leonard Floyd: Floyd, an outside linebacker, had three tackles, including a sack, and defended one pass for the Bears.
  • Roquan Smith: Smith, an inside linebacker, led the Bears with seven tackles and intercepted a pass for Chicago.
  • Javon Wims: Wims, a receiver, was a healthy scratch for the Bears.

Indianapolis Colts 21, Houston Texans 7

  • Corey Moore: Moore, a safety, logged eight special teams plays for the Colts but did not record any stats.
  • Davin Bellamy: Bellamy, an outside linebacker, was a member of the Texans’ practice squad throughout the year. He did not appear in any games during his rookie season.

Dallas Cowboys 24, Seattle Seahawks 22

  • Reggie Davis: Davis, a wide receiver, was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad in November and has not appeared in any games.

FIRST-ROUND BYES:

  • Kansas City: Wide receiver Chris Conley and outside linebacker Justin Houston. The Chiefs had a bye in the first round and will host Indianapolis Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Running back Todd Gurley and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson. The Rams had a bye in the first round and will host Dallas Saturday in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Last week, Gurley was named First-Team All-Pro.
  • New England: Center David Andrews, running back Sony Michel, and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (injured reserve). The Patriots had a bye in the first round and will host San Diego Sunday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
  • New Orleans: Tight end Benjamin Watson. The Saints had a bye in the first round and will host Philadelphia Sunday in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

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