Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel (10) is hit by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94) after a pass during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Illini In The NFL Update – Week 17

Week 17 in the NFL was filled with many games that affected the playoff pictures in both the AFC and NFC. Green Bay won the NFC North over Chicago, Philadelphia won the NFC East over Dallas, and San Diego jumped both Baltimore and Miami to lock up the 6th seed in the AFC.

Here’s a look at the Fighting Illini who did some things this week:

Whitney Mercilius: The 2012 Illini draftee only recorded a single tackle in the Texans’ 16-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. With the loss, Houston locked up the worst record in the NFL and the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Vontae Davis: Davis aggravated his groin injury in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did not return as the Colts beat the Jags 30-10. The Colts will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Alan Ball: In the 30-10 loss to the Colts on Sunday, Ball was able to rack up only two tackles. Jacksonville finished the year 4-12 and will have the 6th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Steve Weatherford: Although the New York Giants beat the Redskins in their season finale, the fans didn’t show up. Weatherford punted the ball a total of eight times for 352 yards. New York will not be in the playoffs this year and will have the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Michael Buchanan: After recording two tackles against Baltimore last week, Buchanan was listed as inactive for New England’s 34-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Pats earned the 2nd seed in the AFC.

Pierre Thomas: Thomas was listed as probable (eye) coming into the Saints’ Week 17 match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas did play and ran the ball for a total of seven times for only 20 yards and scored one rushing touchdown. He also caught one pass for three yards. The Saints will play the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round.

Akeem Spence: Spence recorded just a single tackle in the team’s 42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay finished 2013 with a record of 4-12 and will own the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Rashard Mendenhall: The Arizona Cardinals needed to beat the 49ers if they wanted a chance at the playoffs, but fell short. Mendenhall ran the ball ten times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards. Arizona missed the playoffs with a 10-6 recorded.

A.J. Jenkins: In a game where many Kansas City Chiefs did not play because the team already had the 5th seed in the AFC locked, A.J. Jenkins actually got some playing time. The young WR caught three passes for 67 yards and was targeted a total of seven times. He also ran the ball once for just a single yard. Kansas City will travel to Indianapolis for their first playoff game against the Colts.

Corey Liuget: Since both Baltimore and Miami lost in their games, San Diego just needed to beat the Chiefs in order to lock up the last slot in the AFC. In an overtime victory, Liuget had four tackles, one assisted tackle, and one sack. San Diego will play the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round.

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