The NFL Wild Card Playoff round is over and it did not disappoint. The most dominant performance of the first round comes from former Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn and the Atlanta Falcons, who won 26-13 at Los Angeles to move on to the Divisional round.
In total, nine former Hawks went into the playoffs, while two of the four in the opening round survived with the others on a bye. Buffalo lost a defensive showdown 10-3 at Jacksonville ending S Micah Hyde’s season, while the Rams C Austin Blythe will also be heading home.
Making matters worse for Buffalo, Hyde sustained a concussion and it is questionable whether he will be able to clear the protocol in time to make his first Pro Bowl appearance on Jan. 28. Even if he does clear protocol, the Bills may step in and not allow him to play.
Divisional Round this weekend with teams who have former Hawkeyes:
AFC: Tennessee (DL Karl Klug) at New England (G Cole Croston, C James Ferentz and WR Riley McCarron): Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
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NFC: Atlanta (Clayborn) at Philadelphia: Saturday at 3:35 p.m. New Orleans at Minnesota (DT Jaleel Johnson and OT Riley Reiff): Sunday at 3:40 p.m.
NFL Wild Card Highlights:
- In Buffalo: Hyde recorded 4 tackles before exiting with a concussion in the first half. On his way to the exit, he squirted water on a rambunctious fan. Announcer Tony Romo sure enjoyed it. The Bills defense played very well, only allowing 1 TD on a 4th and 1 from the goal line.
- In Atlanta: The status of Clayborn was uncertain heading into the game following a strained calf last weekend, but the DE played and had 1 TFL and also a QB hit.
- In Tennessee: DE Karl Klug did not record any stats, but the Titans are heading to the Divisional round after a 22-21 comeback victory at Kansas City.
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