In the Denver Broncos showdown with the New England Patriots, the former Gator who took over the game wasn't the one that most expected. Aaron Hernandez had a big game to help the Patriots come out with the win. There were 27 former Gators active in the NFL, with 17 of them starting. Four former Florida players scored a touchdown.
went 11-for-22 through the air for 194 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran the ball 12 times for a team-high 93 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Thomas
started at defensive tackle and recorded six tackles, with two for a loss.
The Patriots beat the Broncos behind nine receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown from Aaron Hernandez. Gerard Warren made two tackles, half of a sack and one quarterback hurry.
The Oakland Raiders suffered a loss to the Detroit Lions, but they had four former Gators active. Cooper Carlisle started at right guard, his 115th career start. Louis Murphy had one catch for eight yards and two rushes for 16 yards and one touchdown. Lito Sheppard started at cornerback and recorded eight tackles, including one for a loss. Jarvis Moss didn't record a stat.
Rex Grossman went 15-for-24 for 185 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a win for the Washington Redskins. Jabar Gaffney caught a team-high six passes for 85 yards. Maurice Hurt started at left guard.
David Nelson caught six passes for 60 yards for the Buffalo Bills. Andra Davis made one tackle.
Ray McDonald started at defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night football. McDonald made two tackles, a half sack and forced a fumble.
Jeremy Mincey started at defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and made seven tackles, including two for a loss. Mincey also had one sack and a quarterback hurry.
Riley Cooper caught one pass for 18 yards for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chas Henry had four punts for 136 yards and a long of 45. Henry also dropped two punts inside the 20.
Percy Harvin started at wide receiver and caught three passes for eight yards. He also had one kick return for 28 yards.
Reggie Nelson started at free safety for the Cincinnati Bengals and made one tackle, one quarterback hurry and one pass defended. Carlos Dunlap had one tackle. Andre Caldwell wasn't active.
Joe Haden started at cornerback and made four tackles for the Cleveland Browns.
Justin Trattou made his first career tackle for the New York Giants on special teams in a loss to the Redskins.
Former Gators also continued to see time on the offensive lines of the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers started Marcus Gilbert at right tackle for the 12th time in his rookie season. Max Starks started at left tackle, making the 78th start of his career.
Mike Pouncey made his 14th consecutive start to begin his career for the Miami Dolphins.