While there was no college football this weekend, a number of past SEC greats made huge plays during the opening weekend of the NFL Playoffs.
In the first game of the weekend, former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had perhaps the best play by a defensive player all weekend. Clowney tipped a screen pass into the air and picked off the pass from Oakland quarterback Connor Cook.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 7, 2017
The pick set up Houston’s first score of the game in the Texans’ 27-14 win. Clowney made only 1 tackle but pressured Cook throughout the wild card game. Clowney and the Texans will travel to take on the AFC’s top seed, New England, in the next round.
On Sunday, two Kentucky players had huge games. In the Steelers-Dolphins game, former Kentucky defensive standout Bud Dupree leveled Miami quarterback Matt Moore. The hit momentally knocked Moore out of the game.
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After the hit, Moore wasn’t the same player as he turned the ball over 3 times in a 30-12 Pittsburgh win. The Steelers travel to Kansas City next week.
Randall Cobb perhaps had the best weekend of any player. He hauled in 3 touchdown catches in the Packers’ 38-13 win against the New York Giants.
Cobb’s best work came at the end of the first half when he snared a Hail Mary pass. Green Bay struggled offensively for much of the first half, but after the grab, the Packers led 14-6 going into halftime. Cobb finished with 5 catches for 116 yards and the 3 touchdown catches.
RANDALL COBB!!!!! pic.twitter.com/p4locaD4Ai
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 8, 2017
The Packers will travel to Dallas next week as Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott, formerly of Mississippi State, makes his playoff debut.
For the Giants, many expected receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to have a strong game. But it was another former SEC standout who led the Giants in receiving and scored their only touchdown.
Former Georgia wideout Tavarres King finished with 3 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on this 41-yard bomb from Eli Manning:
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Beckham finished with 4 catches for 28 yards. He and the other New York wide receivers were ruthlessly mocked on Twitter for their trip to Miami before the playoff game.
— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) January 9, 2017