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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Wildcard Round + Divisional Round Preview

Recap of the Wildcard games and a look ahead at the Divisional games.

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Derrick Johnson and Brian Orakpo both had a sack in their Wildcard matchup. This week, Orakpo will face off against fellow former Longhorn defensive lineman in Malcom Brown.

Let’s take a look at how each NFL ‘Horn fared in the 1st round and who’s still playing in the Divisional games:

Wildcard Round

Saturday, January 6th

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans

Result: Titans 22, Chiefs 21

Derrick Johnson (LB-KC): Johnson was 2nd on the team in total tackles (8). Along with his eight tackles (six solo), he delivered a booming hit for a sack on Marcus Mariota. In what would of given the Chiefs the victory, Johnson had a go-ahead fumble recovery for a touchdown reversed due to the runners knee being down.

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN): Orakpo recorded two tackles, two quarterback hurries and 1.5 sacks. His crucial sack came in the 4th quarter of a close game.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons

Result: Falcons 26, Rams 13

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR): Brown had a solid 14 yards on two carries.

Sunday, January 7th

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Result: Saints 31, Panthers 26

Fozzy Whittaker (RB-CAR): The veteran running back had one carry for three yards.

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 13th

3:35 CT NBC

#1 Philadelphia Eagles (WR Marcus Johnson, LB Jordan Hicks*) vs. #6 Atlanta Falcons

7:15 CT CBS

#1 New England Patriots (DT Malcom Brown) vs. #5 Tennessee Titans (DE Brian Orapko)

Sunday, January 14th

3:40 CT FOX

#2 Minnesota Vikings (DL Brian Robison) vs. #4 New Orleans Saints (DE Alex Okafor*, SS Kenny Vaccaro*)

Note: Three quarterbacks on the NFC side are from Texas. Drew Brees (Austin Westlake), Nick Foles (Austin Westlake) and Case Keenum (Wylie-Abilene).

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