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January 17, 2014

Pack Pros: Divisional playoffs







Former Wolfpack players in the NFL Playoffs
Player
Position
Team
Played at NC State
Zach Allen
OL
Indianapolis Colts
2010-12
The rookie free agent was signed to the AFC South Champion Colts' practice squad on Dec. 16 ... He also spent four week on the Seahawks' practice squad earlier this year ... Indianapolis fell to New England in the divisional round, 43-22.
Steven Hauschka
K
Seattle Seahawks
2007
Hauschka and the NFC West Champion Seahawks recorded a 23-15 victory over the Saints to advance to the NFC Championship game, which is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Seattle ... Despite less-than-ideal conditions for kicking in the divisional round, Hauschka went a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 49 yards; he also went 2-of-2 on extra points ... The sixth-year veteran was named to the Professional Football Writers of America's All-NFC team as the kicker this week ... He has also been selected as a Pro Bowl alternate ... His 143 points scored this year is a franchise record ... Including the playoffs, the kicker is 36-of-38 this year with one blocked kick; he is 3-of-3 from beyond 50 yards with overtime game-winners against Houston and Tampa Bay, and he was 15-of-16 on attempts from 40 yards or more ... He finished the regular season with several career-highs, including made field goals (33), field goals attempted (35), field goal percentage (94.3) and extra points made (44), while he made every PAT for the third time in his career ... He also set a career-high with 143 points scored, which ranked fourth in the NFL for the regular-season ... He ranked second in the league for field goal percentage and tied for fifth in made field goals.
Nate Irving
LB
Denver Broncos
2007-10
Irving and the AFC West Champion Broncos recorded a 24-17 victory over the Chargers ... The third-year professional started on the strongside and tallied three tackles ... Denver will host New England on Sunday at 3 p.m. ... During the regular season, Irving played in 15 games with four starts and totaled 41 stops with a sack and one defended pass.
R.J. Mattes
OL
New England Patriots
2009-12
Mattes was signed to the AFC East Champion Patriots' practice squad on Dec. 30 ... The rookie spent some time in training camp with the squad ... New England will travel to Denver for the AFC Championship game, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff on Sunday.
Terrell Manning
LB
San Diego Chargers
2009-11
Manning is on the 9-7 Chargers' practice squad ... San Diego fell to the Broncos on Sunday, 24-17 ... He played in one game for the team during the regular season, but did not record any statistics.
Tobais Palmer
WR
San Diego Chargers
2011-12
Palmer is on the 9-7 Chargers' practice squad ... San Diego fell to the Broncos on Sunday, 24-17 ... He played in one game for the Jaguars earlier this year, but did not record any statistics.
Philip Rivers
QB
San Diego Chargers
2000-03
Rivers and the 9-7 Chargers fell to the Broncos, 24-17 ... The veteran quarterback completed 18 of his 27 attempts (66.7 percent) for 217 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions for a passer rating of 115.8 ... In two playoff games, Rivers went 30-of-43 passing (69.8 percent) for 345 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions for a rating of 116.9 ... During the regular season, the Pro Bowl selection completed a career-best 69.5 percent of his attempts (378-544) for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns against 11 interceptions ... He notched a passer rating of 105.5 on the year, which tied a career-high, set in 2008 ... It marked the quarterback's first 4,000-yard passing campaign since 2011 and the fifth of his career ... Rivers led the league in completion percentage, ranked fourth in touchdown throws and passer rating, and finished fifth in passing yards ... He surpassed both 30,000 passing yards and 200 touchdowns in his career this season and was elected to his fifth Pro Bowl ... He and Russell Wilson are the first quarterbacks from the same school to be elected to the same Pro Bowl since 1996, when former UCLA quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Bono played in the game ... Michigan boasted a pair of signal callers in the 2001 contest, but Elvis Grbac was the injury replacement for fellow Michigan alum Brian Griese ... Rivers is also leading the league in postgame bolo ties and snakeskin boots.
J.R. Sweezy
OG
Seattle Seahawks
2009-11
The 13-3, NFC West Champion Seahawks topped the Saints on Saturday, 23-15 ... Sweezy, the Hawks' starting right guard, and his linemates paved the way for 174 yards and two touchdowns on the ground ... Up next is Seattle hosting San Francisco in the Conference Championship on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ... Sweezy started all 15 contests he appeared in during the regular season for the Hawks, and he helped the team pile up 2,188 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground this season ... They ranked fourth in the league for rushing offense, while running back Marshawn Lynch tied for first in the NFL with 12 rushing scores and ranked sixth with 1,257 yards.
Adrian Wilson
S
New England Patriots
1998-2000
The veteran safety was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31, but no further information about his injury was given ... The 12-4 Patriots won the AFC East and will travel to play the Broncos on Sunday at 3 p.m. after they topped the Colts, 43-22, over the weekend.
Russell Wilson
QB
Seattle Seahawks
2008-10
Wilson and the NFC South Champion Seahawks beat the Saints, 23-15, on Saturday ... The quarterback finished the contest 9-of-18 passing for 103 yards ... He had a quarterback rating of 67.6 and also rushed three times for 16 yards ... Seattle hosts San Francisco on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the NFC Championship game ... During the regular season, the second-year field general completed 63.1 percent of his attempts (257-407) for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions ... He recorded a passer rating of 101.2 to set a career-high and also rushed 96 times for a career-best 539 yards (5.6 average) and a score ... Wilson ranked fourth in the NFL for passing yards per attempt (8.25), seventh in passer rating, tied for ninth in touchdown throws and 16th in passing yards ... He was elected to his second-straight Pro Bowl and now has a 24-8 mark as the starter, which breaks the previous record for most wins in a signal callers' first two years in the league since the AFL-NFL merger ... Wilson also has surpassed 50 career touchdown throws; he is just the third quarterback to reach that mark in his first two seasons, joining Dan Marino and Peyton Manning ... He and Philip Rivers are the first quarterbacks from the same school to be elected to the same Pro Bowl since 1996, when former UCLA quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Bono played in the game.





Other notes:


•Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Mike Glennon was named to the Professional Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team.

•Rivers was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the PFWA on Friday.





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