Gators in the NFL: Divisional Round

There were six former Florida players active for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs over the weekend, while five of those players started for their teams. Aaron Hernandez was the only former Gator to find the end zone. There are four former Florida players on the four remaining NFL teams.

Aaron Hernandez started at tight end for the New England Patriots and led the team in rushing with 61 yards on five carries. Hernandez also had four receptions of 55 yards and one touchdown, burning the Broncos' defense in different ways throughout the game. After fighting an injury at the end of the regular season, Brandon Spikes started at linebacker and recorded six tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, one pass defended and one fumble recovery. Gerard Warren made two tackles, including one for a loss. Jermaine Cunningham wasn't active because he was placed on injured reserve weeks ago.

The Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens on January 22 at 3 p.m.

The strong season for Tim Tebow ended at the hands of the Patriots over the weekend. Tebow went 9-for-26 through the air for 136 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He added five rushes for 13 yards. John Elway said days after the loss that Tebow will head into training camp next year as the team's starting quarterback. Marcus Thomas started at defensive tackle and recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble. Derrick Harvey wasn't active for the game.

Ray McDonald made the first playoff start of his career for the San Francisco 49ers but did not record a stat. The 49ers won a back-and-forth game over the New Orleans Saints. San Francisco will host the New York Giants on January 22 at 6:30 p.m.


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