Former University of Illinois and current Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall (#34) rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during last Saturday's divisional round victory for the Steelers.

Pro-Style Pigskins: Divisional Round Edition of Fighting Illini in the NFL

After another exciting week of playoff action, only four teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl.

In a strong showing, the teams of all four former Illini whom played this past weekend won and will advance to the conference finals this weekend.

Here is a recap of how the former Illini fared in round two of the playoffs.

Running Back Rashard Mendenhall

Mendenhall had a hard time holding onto the the ball against the Ravens but came through when it mattered most.

Mendenhall had two fumbles and only 46 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving but did score two touchdowns, the second of which was the game winner with only 1:33 left in the fourth quarter.

Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland

Weatherford punted 6 times, averaging 45 yards and downing 1 inside the 20.

Moore and the rest of the Jets’ offensive line had a spectacular showing, protecting Mark Sanchez as he threw for 3 touchdowns and not giving up a single sack, while also blocking for 120 rushing yards.

Cumberland did not see any action in this game.

Both teams with Illini players on their rosters are in the AFC, which means that no matter what the outcome this weekend is, there will be at least one alumni in the Super Bowl this year.

That’s all for this week.

Until next time.

Tags: Brandon Moore Illini Illinois Jeff Cumberland NFL NFL Playoffs Rashard Mendenhall Steve Weatherford Writing Illini

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