The first round of the NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend, and four former Illini saw the playing field. The only former Illini to make the playoffs but not play this week was Michael Buchanan. That is because the New England Patriots earned the 2nd overall seed in the AFC and were awarded a bye week.
Here’s a look at the Fighting Illini who did some things this week:
Vontae Davis: Although he aggravated his groin in the team’s Week 17 win, Davis was listed as probable on Saturday for the Colts’ Wild Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded three tackles as the Colts overcame a 28-point deficit to beat the Chiefs 45-44.
A.J. Jenkins: Jenkins was targeted only once in the Chiefs’ 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. However, he made his one target count as he caught the Alex Smith pass for a 27 yard reception.
Pierre Thomas: Pierre Thomas was inactive (chest) on Saturday for the Saints’ 26-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He suffered the injury in the regular season finale against Tampa Bay and will look to return for next week’s Divisional Round match-up against the Seattle Seahawks.
Corey Liuget: After just barely getting into the playoffs to begin with, the San Diego Chargers went into Cincinnati on Sunday and completely dominated the Bengals. Liuget was able to record five tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss in the Chargers’ 27-10 win. San Diego will travel to Denver next week for a battle against the Broncos.
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