With the college football season just about over, the NFL’s postseason is ready to begin. Though not as many as would be in the NHL postseason, there are several alumni representing Boston College football in the 2014 NFL playoffs.
Most of them seek their first fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy, but someone on the list below just might get his second Super Bowl ring in a few weeks.
Boston College Football Players: 2014 NFL Playoffs
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* Practice squad
† Futures/reserve contract
‡ Injured reserve
Of course, that player looking to get his second championship is BJ Raji, who was a key player on the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers. His discount double-checking cheeseheads are the number two seed in the NFC and, if one has watched them play, have a very good shot at making it to Arizona for the big game.
Most of the Eagles in the 2014 NFL Playoffs are active-roster players, though a couple are practice squad or reserve guys.
Also, a majority of the Eagles are on NFC teams, but three of the four in the AFC are on the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts. Of those, Gosder Cherilus just went on injured reserve on New Year’s Eve for a groin injury; he had missed Indy’s final two games of the regular season. Furthermore, Matt Hasselbeck, a former longtime Seahawk who took Seattle to its first-ever Super Bowl, is Andrew Luck’s backup. Should he make it into the game, something felled Luck and caused the Colts’ chances of winning the Super Bowl to take a dramatically negative turn.
Only Anthony Castonzo, the Colts’ starting left tackle, is expected to appear for them this postseason.
Who else of the above will appear in the 2014 NFL Playoffs? Obviously, Luke Kuechly, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, will be a big factor for the Panthers going forward. Likewise, Kevin Pierre-Louis played a role for the defending Super Bowl champs on defense and could go a long way into January.
Boston College 2014 NFL Playoffs Matchups
Boston College Eagles
With regards to the players on active rosters:
Kuechly’s Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC Wild Card game Saturday afternoon.
Castonzo’s Indianapolis Colts will also host a game: an AFC Wild Card matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in the early game on Sunday.
The Seahawks will host the low seed coming out of the NFC Wild Cards, which could mean KPL and Luke Kuechly’s teams facing off in Seattle. If not, the Packers and BJ Raji could draw Kuechly’s Panthers if they beat the Cardinals.
Only two Eagles, Pierre-Louis and Raji, are on teams with first-round byes.