Gators in the NFL: Wildcard Weekend

There were six former Gators active for the Wild Card Weekend of the NFL Playoffs and five of them started for their team. However, it was one former Florida player that stole all the NFL headlines from the weekend.

Despite reports that Brady Quinn could have an expanded role on Sunday, Tim Tebow started at quarterback and never thought about coming off the field. Tebow went 10-for-21 through the air for 316 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran the ball ten times for 50 yards and one touchdown. The 316 yards of passing was the highest mark against the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense all season. Former Gators defensive tackle Marcus Thomas started for the Broncos and recorded one tackle. Derrick Harvey wasn't active for Denver.

The Broncos will travel to take on the New England Patriots on January 14 at 8 p.m.

For the Steelers, center Maurkice Pouncey missed the game with an ankle injury. Max Starks started at left tackle, and Marcus Gilbert started at right tackle to record the first playoff start of his career.

The Cincinnati Bengals were eliminated by the Houston Texans, who recorded their first playoff win in franchise history. Reggie Nelson started at free safety and had six tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss. Carlos Dunlap made one tackle for a loss. Andre Caldwell didn't participate because he was placed on injured reserve with a groin/abdominal injury earlier in the season.

New York Giants defensive end Justin Trattou and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson weren't active for their teams' games.


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