Longhorns in the NFL: Divisional Round Preview – University of Texas

The journey to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis continues on Saturday afternoon as the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs begin. Nine Longhorns remain in the hunt, after the Tennessee Titans (Brian Orakpo) and New Orleans Saints (Alex Okafor, Kenny Vaccaro and Mykkele Thompson) moved on with wins in the wild card round last week.

A Longhorn has appeared in the last 12 Super Bowls (2006-17), the longest stretch in UT history. In total, 54 former Longhorns have been members of 45 different Super Bowl squads. Twenty-four of those players have claimed Super Bowl Champion rings, with Casey Hampton, Dan Neil, Terry Orr and Aaron Ross winning a pair of titles. Malcom Brown of the New England Patriots will look for his second title after winning Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion last season at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The Playoff Schedule
Saturday, January 13
3:35 p.m. CT (NBC) – 6 Atlanta Falcons at 1 Philadelphia Eagles (Marcus Johnson, Jordan Hicks [IR])
7:15 p.m. CT (CBS) – 5 Tennessee Titans (Brian Orakpo) at 1 New England Patriots (Malcom Brown)

Sunday, January 14
12:05 p.m. CT (CBS) – 3 Jacksonville Jaguars at 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
3:40 p.m. CT (FOX) – 4 New Orleans Saints (Alex Okafor [IR], Kenny Vaccaro [IR], Mykkele Thompson [PS]) at 2 Minnesota Vikings (Brian Robison, Jerry Gray [coach])

Wild Card Weekend Results
Tennessee Titans 22, Kansas City Chiefs 21
Brian Orakpo totaled two tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits as the Titans overcame a 21-3 deficit for the victory on the road. Derrick Johnson finished with eight tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit in the defeat.

Atlanta Falcons 26, Los Angeles Rams 13
Running back Malcolm Brown rushed twice for 14 yards as the Rams lost to the Falcons at home.

Jacksonville Jaguars 10, Buffalo Bills 3

New Orleans Saints 31, Carolina Panthers 26
Fozzy Whittaker rushed once for three yards as the Panthers lost on the road to the Saints. 

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Source: Daily Texas Online

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