Gators in the NFL: Championship Week

There will only be one team in the Super Bowl with former Florida players. The New England Patriots used impressive performances from former Gators to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl, while the San Francisco 49ers couldn't get it done despite a strong effort from Ray McDonald.

The leg injury that kept Brandon Spikes off the field at the end of the regular season doesn't seem to be harming him now. The former Gator started at linebacker for the New England Patriots and led the team with nine tackles. Spikes also added an important interception in the second half.

Aaron Hernandez started at tight end and caught a team-high seven passes for 66 yards. Hernandez continued to see some rushes out of the backfield, doing so three times for nine yards. Gerard Warren recorded three tackles as the Patriots won the AFC Championship.

In the late games, the San Francisco 49ers wasted the impact Ray McDonald had on the interior of the defensive line. The former Gator started at defensive tackle and recorded five tackles, two and a half sacks, one tackle for a loss, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. San Francisco lost to the New York Giants, whose only former Florida player on the roster is Justin Trattou, but he hasn't been active during the postseason.

The Giants and Patriots will play in the Super Bowl on February 5 at 6:35 p.m.


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