Pack Pros: NFL Week 17
A pair of former NC State quarterbacks led their teams to a 9-7 record this season, but missed the playoffs.
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers won Sunday, but Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks fell to the Arizona Cardinals.
Here is a look at how the former Wolfpack players suiting up in the NFL did this week:
Cornerback David Amerson (Played at NC State from 2010-12), Oakland Raiders: He missed his 10th game of the season in what turned out to be a season-ending foot injury suffered Oct. 19. The Raiders got torched 30-10 at the Los Angeles Chargers. He finished with 18 tackles, four passes defended and one fumble recovery in six games, all starts, for the 6-10 Raiders.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (2014-15), Indianapolis Colts: He completed 15 of 25 passes for 114 yards with a touchdown and rushed five times for 18 yards in a 22-13 home win over the Houston Texans. He finished his first year as an NFL starter by connecting on 276 of 469 throws for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and rushing 63 times for 260 yards and four scores for the 4-12 Colts. He finished 22nd in the league in both passing yards and passer rating (81.7) and 30th in completion percentage (58.8)
Cornerback Juston Burris (2012-15), New York Jets: He came off the bench for five solo tackles in a 26-6 loss at the New England Patriots. He finished the season with 21 stops (one for loss), an interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two passes defended while playing 14 games for the 5-11 Jets.
Running back Matthew Dayes (2013-16), Cleveland Browns: He returned one kickoff for 22 yards in the Browns 28-24 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished his rookie year with 18 kickoff returns for 437 yards (24.3 average, long of 71), rushed five times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards for 0-16 Browns. He finished ranked 15th in the NFL in kickoff return yardage.
Quarterback Mike Glennon (2009-12), Chicago Bears: He didn’t see action in the Bears’ 23-10 road loss against the Minnesota Vikings. He finished the season 93-of-140 passing for 833 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions while starting the first four games for the 6-10 Bears.
Tight end David J. Grinnage (2013-15), Jacksonville Jaguars: Was signed in August and added to Jacksonville’s practice squad after final cuts were made. The Jaguars suffered a 15-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans to fall to 10-6. Jacksonville hosts the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild card playoff game on Sunday.
Kicker Stephen Hauschka (2007), Buffalo Bills: He made all three field goals — 23, 49 and 33 yards — plus one extra point to help the Bills win at the Miami Dolphins 22-16 to finish the regular season at 9-7 and earn a spot in the playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the regular season 29 of 33 on field goals with a long of 56, and he has made all 29 extra points. He was tied for second in the NFL for making kicks from 50 yards or longer (seven), tied for 11th in field goal percentage among kickers with at least 10 tries (87.9) and was 15th in overall scoring (116 points).
Cornerback Dontae Johnson (2010-13), San Francisco 49ers: He started at right corner he had five tackles in a 34-13 road win at the Los Angeles Rams, who played their reserves. He finished the season with 77 tackles, an interception that was returned for a touchdown and seven passes defended for the 6-10 49ers, and started 15 contests. The 49ers ended up winning their last five games of the season under new starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Safety Josh Jones (2014-16), Green Bay Packers: He started and had three tackles and one pass defended in a 35-11 road loss to the Detroit Lions. He started seven of 16 games, and finished his rookie season with 71 tackles, two sacks, one interception and five passes defended for 7-9 Green Bay.
Offensive lineman Ted Larsen (2006-09), Miami Dolphins: He started his eighth game of the year at left guard, but the Dophins lost 22-16 at home to the Buffalo Bills to finish the season 6-10. Miami rushed 22 times for 93 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 271 yards and a score while the offense allowed one sack. He started every game he played in this season.
Defensive tackle T.Y. McGill (2011-14), Cleveland Browns: He was released after week 14 and then signed to the Browns practice squad. He finished with one tackle in three games played for the 0-16 Browns, who lost 28-24 at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (2000-03), Los Angeles Chargers: He and the 9-7 Chargers came up short of making the playoffs, despite crushing the Oakland Raiders 30-10 in a home contest. He connected on 28 of 37 passes for 387 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, plus rushed once for five yards. He completed 360 of 575 throws for 4,515 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and rushed 18 times for minus-two yards. He also has a 96.0 quarterback rating. He finished second in the NFL in passing yards, tied for fifth in touchdown passes, ninth in passer rating and 16th in completion percentage (62.6).
Offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy (2008-11), Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He was placed on injured reserve due to a leg injury. The Buccaneers topped the New Orleans Saints 31-24 to end the regular season with a 5-11 mark. The right guard had started the first 14 games of the season.
Offensive lineman Joe Thuney (2012-15), New England Patriots: He started at left guard and helped the Patriots take care of business with a 26-6 win over the visiting New York Jets. The 13-3 Patriots have a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. New England rushed 38 times for 147 yards and a touchdown and passed for 195 yards and two scores, while allowing two sacks against the Jets. He has started every game for the Patriots, who ranked first in the NFL in total offense with 394.2 yards per game and were second in passing offense with a 276.1-yard clip.
Cornerback Jack Tocho (2013-16), Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota cut its seventh-round draft choice prior to the season, but then added him to its practice squad. The Vikings improved to 13-3 with a 23-10 home win over the Chicago Bears. The Vikings have a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (2008-10), Seattle Seahawks: He and the Seahawks finished the season with a 26-24 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He completed 18 of 29 throws for 221 yards with two touchdowns and he rushed five times for 36 yards. On the year, he finished 339-of-553 passing (61.3 percent) for 3,983 yards with 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and had 95 carries for 586 yards and three scores for 9-7 Seahawks. He finished first in the NFL in passing touchdowns, ninth in passing yards and 10th in passer rating.
Defensive end/outside linebacker Willie Young (2006-09), Chicago Bears: He suffered a season-ending triceps injury against Green Bay Sept. 28. He finished his season with seven tackles and two sacks for the 6-10 Bears, who lost 23-10 at the Minnesota Vikings.
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