Can a Texas-Ex win a Super Bowl for a 5th straight year? Well, half of the remaining teams feature a former Longhorn on their roster so in the words of Jim Carrey “you’re telling me there's a chance!”
Baltimore Ravens 20, Tennessee Titans 13
Devin Duvernay (BAL), DeShon Elliott (BAL), Justin Tucker (BAL), D’onta Foreman (TEN), Marcus Johnson (TEN Practice Squad), Geoff Swaim (TEN), Kenny Vaccaro (TEN)
A solid playoff debut for DeShon Elliott, recording four total tackles, three solo, one pass deflection, and this lick on Jonnu Smith.
Justin Tucker converted from 33 and 51 yards in the Ravens victory but missed from 52-yards for the second missed field-goal in his postseason career. It hurt to see him miss but the reaction on Twitter was humorous.
Justin Tucker gets Adam Gase Eyes when he misses kicks but it never happens so we don't talk about it much pic.twitter.com/rs4Ui258Ai— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 10, 2021
Every time Justin Tucker misses a field goal an angel—actually sorry I have no idea what happens because he never misses— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) January 10, 2021
Good thing he doesn't miss twice.
Devin Duvernay wasn’t involved in the offense and his only touch came on a kick-off return. However, with the Ravens playing the Bills next week, we might see more offense which bodes well for Duvernay.
On the opposite side, Kenny Vaccaro finished with nine total tackles and six solo but the Titans defense struggled to contain Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. As I mentioned in last week's recap, the Titans owe Vaccaro $10.5 Millon over the next 2-years but he could be on a different team once Week 1 of the 2021 season rolls around.
Geoff Swaim caught one pass for five yards but saw most of his action in run-blocking where the veteran excels. Swaim is a great example for collegiate tight ends - become great at blocking and you’ll find yourself on an NFL roster.
D’Onta Foreman was inactive for Sunday’s game and officially becomes a free agent.
Los Angeles Rams 30, Seattle Seahawks 20
Malcolm Brown (L.A.), Michael Dickson (SEA), Quandre Diggs (SEA), Poona Ford (SEA)
After a promising start to the season, the Seattle Seahawks saw their Super Bowl hopes dashed by the L.A. Rams on Saturday.
Malcolm Brown carried the rock nine times for 30 yards and added this nine-yard reception:
Quandre Diggs ended his Pro Bowl season with five total tackles against the Rams and heads into next season with one-year remaining on his contract.
Poona Ford capped off an extremely successful season with four tackles and should expect a fat contract next year. Dude deserves to get paid after making $750,000 this season.
Thank you for everything God, forever grateful— Poona Ford (@PoonaF_95) January 10, 2021
Michael Dickson may have been the best player for the Seahawks on Saturday, which isn’t a great thing unless it’s the 2017 Texas Bowl and you’re playing against Missouri. Dickson punted 8 times with a long of 71-freaking-yards. His punts were so good, the FCC labeled them *NFSW* which means I’m not able to show them to you. Or because the NFL is cowards and refuses to post punting highlights.
the Seahawks' abysmal offense is leading to a great game from PUNT GOD MICHAEL DICKSON— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 10, 2021
—55.8 yards per punt, 49.7 net yards per punt
—long of 71
—59-yarder downed at 7, 57-yarder downed at 7, 48-yarder downed at 5
—one return for 9 yards
New Orleans Saints 21, Chicago Bears 9
Malcom Brown (NO), Lil’Jordan Humphrey (NO), Malcolm Roach (NO)
Lil’Jordan Humphrey recorded one reception in his first playoff game, taking a catch that should’ve been seven yards and turning it into 14. You know, the usual LJ stuff we saw out of him at Texas.
DT Malcom Brown and the Saints held the Bears rushing attack in check, allowing only 48 total rushing yards and just 31 from former Iowa State tailback David Montgomery.
Malcolm Roach was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.
Divisional Round Match-Ups
Saturday, Jan. 16
Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers (3:35 CST on FOX)
- Malcolm Brown (LAR)
Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills (7:15 CST on NBC)
- Devin Duvernay, DeShon Elliott, Justin Tucker (BAL)
Sunday, Jan. 17
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs (2:05 CST on CBS)
- Alex Okafor (KC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
- Malcom Brown, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Malcolm Roach (NO)