The NFL regular season came to a close last week, but there were a handful of former Badgers whose teams were fortunate enough to make the playoffs. Let’s take a look at how they played this past weekend:
- Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson threw for 325 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions to lead the Seahawks to a road win over the Eagles. He also notched 45 yards on the ground. The former Super Bowl champion made a number of great throws in the win, including this 53-yard touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf:
D.K. Metcalf makes the catch, gets back up and crosses the goal line for the TD! @dkm14 @DangeRussWilson— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 2020
The @Seahawks now lead, 17-6. #NFLPlayoffs
: #SEAvsPHI on NBC
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- James White, RB (Patriots): In a losing effort, White had five catches for a team-high 62 receiving yards and added 14 rushing yards on just one carry. The six year veteran was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing performance by the Patriots’ offense.
Pats making some noise on offense early @TomBrady @SweetFeet_White pic.twitter.com/cMjKIfndg3— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 5, 2020
- Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): Ramczyk picked the wrong game to have an off day. After not allowing a sack the entire season, he allowed two in the Saints’ home loss to the Vikings. Despite a rough final game of the season, Ramczyk was named a first team All-Pro at right tackle over the weekend.
Ryan Ramczyk hasn’t allowed a sack all season, and he’s allowed just one QB hit.— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 5, 2020
Vikings’ Danielle Hunter beats him outside for a BIG sack on third down, here. Impressive play from Hunter.pic.twitter.com/c75kOeTpwK
- J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): After missing the past two months with a torn pectoral, Watt returned to the field and helped the Texans get an overtime win over the Bills. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year played 61% of defensive snaps and finished with a momentum-shifting sack and two tackles for loss. Watt’s sack came at the perfect time, as the Bills were facing a crucial third down in the red zone and looking to make it a three-score game. The Texans will need all the help they can get from Watt when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs in the divisional round.
J.J. WATT!— NFL (@NFL) January 4, 2020
No. 99 comes up with the clutch sack on third down. #WeAreTexans @JJWatt
: #BUFvsHOU on ESPN/ABC
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- T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): The rookie inside linebacker saw only ten snaps on defense and finished with one tackle in Philadelphia’s loss to the Seahawks. Edwards also logged a team-high 22 special teams snaps in the game. (Editor’s note: really upset my favorite kicker didn’t invite me to watch my favorite team lose in the playoffs.)