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January 11, 2012

NFL Wolverines: The Playoffs

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady and cornerback Charles Woodson could be headed for a collision course in the Super Bowl, but there's work to do. Here's how all former Wolverines have fared in playoff action to date ...

NFL Wolverines
Played at Michigan
Adrian Arrington
New Orleans Saints

Caught one pass for seven yards in the Saints' 45-28 Wildcard win over Detroit, and will next play Saturday in New Orleans' Divisional game at San Francisco… Played in four regular season games and caught two passes for 31 yards.
David Baas
New York Giants

Started at center in a 24-2 NFC Wildcard win over Atlanta and should start in Sunday's divisional game at Green Bay … Started all nine games in which he appeared during the regular season, missing five with injuries.
Jeff Backus
Detroit Lions

Started at left tackle in a 45-28 NFC Wildcard loss at New Orleans, his 178th straight start … Started every game during the regular season for 10-6 Detroit.
Tom Brady
New England Patriots

Slated to play in a Saturday AFC divisional game against Denver … Started 16 games in leading New England to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC, connecting on 401 of 611 passes for 5,235 yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season … Had a passer rating of 105.6, third in the NFL, and also ranked second in passing yardage and fourth in touchdown passes … Became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 35 or more touchdowns in consecutive years.
Prescott Burgess
Baltimore Ravens

Cut twice but brought back each time, now on injured reserve after tearing an abdominal muscle in week eight … Recorded three tackles this season in three games played during the regular season.
Larry Foote
Pittsburgh Steelers

Recorded one special teams tackle in a 29-23 AFC wildcard loss at Denver … Registered 30 solo tackles, 17 assists, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, one pass break-up and two quarterback hurries in 15 games (five starts), missing one game with an injury.
Jonathan Goodwin
San Francisco 49ers

Slated to start at center in an NFC divisional game this weekend against New Orleans … Started every game during the regular season for the 13-3 49ers.
Leon Hall
Cincinnati Bengals

Went to injured reserve in November with an Achilles Tendon injury and missed the Bengals' Wildcard game at Houston, a 31-10 loss … Registered 29 solo tackles, three assists, two interceptions and five pass break-ups in nine starts this year.
Tim Jamison
Houston Texans

Notched a solo tackle, an assist and a pass break-up in a 31-10 AFC wildcard win over Cincinnati … Recorded 14 solo tackles, five assists, two sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 16 regular season games.
Mario Manningham
New York Giants

Started and caught four passes for 68 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, in a 24-2 NFC Wildcard win over Atlanta …Started 10 of 12 games in the regular season, missing four with injury, and caught 39 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns.
Zoltan Mesko
New England Patriots

Slated to play in an AFC divisional game with Denver this weekend … Punted 57 times in 16 games, averaging 46.5 yards overall and 41.5 net, and dropped 24 kicks inside the 20.
Ryan Mundy
Pittsburgh Steelers

Notched four solo tackles and forced two fumbles in a 29-23 AFC Wildcard loss at Denver … Played in 16 games during the regular season and notched 20 solo tackles and 17 assists, one interception, one pass break-up and one reception for 33 yards on a fake punt.
LaMarr Woodley
Pittsburgh Steelers

Notched two solo tackles and recovered a fumble in a 29-23 AFC Wildcard loss at Denver … Started 10 games in the regular season, missing six with a hamstring injury, and notched 26 solo tackles, 13 assists, nine sacks, nine tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, one interception and two pass break-ups.
Charles Woodson
Green Bay Packers

Slated to play against the Giants in an NFC divisional game this weekend … Started 15 games in the regular season and registered 62 solo stops, 12 assists, two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, 17 pass break-ups and seven interceptions, one returned for a 30-yard touchdown … Tied for first in the NFL in interceptions.

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