Alabama was well represented in the Divisional round of the playoffs at the professional level, with several former Crimson Tide players appearing for teams in the NFL’s postseason.
Eight former Alabama players were active for the second round of the playoffs, while a total of 10 were in the 53-man rosters from five of the eight remaining teams. The three teams that didn’t have a Tide graduate on their sidelines this weekend were the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. But DeMeco Ryans is the 49ers’ defensive coordinator.
Ryans was scheduled to interview the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans about their head coaching positions ahead of Sunday’s playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, but he only met with the Broncos, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer and Texans and canceled his meetings with the Cardinals and Colts to focus on the playoffs.
What was happening on the field, quarterback Jalen Hurts (Eagles) led all players with a trio of touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) and threw one to wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Hurts is the first former Crimson Tide quarterback to start and win a playoff game in 40 years. Richard Todd did it on January 15, 1983 when he led the Miami Dolphins to a win over the Los Angeles Rams.
“It’s like having Michael Jordan out there,” Hurts Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said after the game. “He is your leader. he’s your type Hopefully that’s the most respect I can give him, comparing his ability to be on the field to a Michael Jordan guy. This guy leads. He brings this calmness to the entire team. He plays great football. He’s tough.
“For me, no one has played better football than him this year.”
Offensive lineman Jonah Williams (Bengals) was one of two inactive players for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. He’s been treated week-to-week for a dislocated kneecap.
The Chiefs, 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles have all worked their way into the conference championship portion of the playoffs and are one game away from playing in the Super Bowl. Five former Alabama stars still have a shot at winning a Super Bowl ring this season. Add Ryans as the coordinator for one of the four remaining teams and the number grows to six.
We break down the performances of former Alabama players from the divisional round of the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles 38, New York Giants 7
Philadelphia Eagles (4)
69 Landon Dickerson, G – started at left guard
1 Jalen Hurts, QB – 16-24 passing, 154 yards, 2 TDs (16.9 yards); 9 carries, 34 yards, 1 TD (5 yards)
28 Josh Jobe, CB – 1 tackle
6 DeVonta Smith, WR – 6 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD (9 yards)
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2023
New York Giants (3)
21 Landon Collins, ILB – active; no statistics
29 Xavier McKinney, S – 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble
73 Evan Neal, T – started with the right tackle
Cincinnati Bengals 27, Buffalo Bills 10
Cincinnati Bengal (1)
73 Jonah Williams, OT – inactive (knee)
buffalo beaks (1)
36 Jared Mayden, S – inactive
San Francisco 49ers 19 Dallas Cowboys 12
Dallas Cowboys (1)
7 Trevon Diggs, CB – 4 tackles
Practice Squad (1): Deionte Thompson (jaguars)
Reserve/Injured (1): Cam Robinson (Jaguars)
Reserved / Suspended by Commissioner (1): Calvin Ridley (Jaguars)
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