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Badgers in the NFL: Wild Card Weekend

Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a road win and JJ Watt returned to action

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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)