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Notre Dame in the NFL: Divisional Round

Six former Irish players will enter next weekend holding out Super Bowl hopes. Irish Illustrated rounds up the divisional weekend from Notre Dame’s perspective in the NFL.

Six former Irish players will enter next weekend holding out Super Bowl hopes. Irish Illustrated rounds up the divisional weekend from Notre Dame’s perspective in the NFL.

David Bruton - safety - Denver Broncos

Bruton (broken fibula) remains on injured reserve as the Broncos make their way through the playoffs. They advanced to the AFC championship game with a 23-16 win over Pittsburgh in the divisional round. Denver gets New England next weekend.

Darius Fleming - linebacker - New England Patriots

Fleming made two tackles for New England in its 27-20 win over Kansas City. The Patriots get Denver in the AFC championship game, advancing to this round for the fifth straight season.

Michael Floyd - wide receiver - Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer targeted Floyd seven times as Arizona grabbed a 26-20 overtime win over Green Bay to advance to the NFC championship game. Floyd pulled in three receptions for 26 yards and two touchdowns. He scored from eight yards out with 6:58 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0 then again on a deflected pass with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals a 17-13 lead.

Ryan Harris - offensive tackle - Denver Broncos

Harris started at left tackle for Denver in its 23-16 victory over Pittsburgh. The Broncos offensive line produced 109 yards rushing on 33 caries while allowing just one sack of Peyton Manning.

J.J. Jansen - long snapper - Carolina Panthers

Jansen heads to the NFC championship game after Carolina scored all of its points in the first half en route to a 31-24 win over Seattle.

Troy Niklas - tight end - Arizona Cardinals

Niklas was an active reserve tight end and special teams player for Arizona in its 26-20 overtime win over Green Bay.

Kona Schwenke - offensive tackle - Seattle Seahawks

Schwenke spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL during camp. Seattle went 10-6 during the regular season then exited the playoffs with a 31-24 loss to Carolina in the divisional round.

Stephon Tuitt - defensive end - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt made four tackles for Pittsburgh in its 23-16 loss to Denver. Tuitt finished the regular season with 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks, which was second on the Steelers defense.


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