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Notre Dame in the NFL: Championship weekend

Michael Floyd is on to the Super Bowl, although it’s unclear if the former Irish great will play. He punched his ticket at the expense of Stephon Tuitt in the AFC Championship.

Playoff Teams

New England Patriots: WR Michael Floyd

Floyd didn’t make the active roster for the Patriots in a 36-17 win over Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game. All of a sudden, a rocky season could turn into a Super Bowl appearance. Arizona cut Floyd ahead of Week 15 after his DUI arrest. He appeared in the last two regular season games for the Patriots, making four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. But he was a scratch in the AFC Championship. It’s unclear if he’ll make the active roster for the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh: OT Ryan Harris, DE Stephon Tuitt

Tuitt had one tackle and a tackle-for-loss as the Steelers bowed out of the playoffs with a 36-17 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Harris finished the season on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury in Week 4.

Season Complete

Arizona: TE Troy Niklas

Niklas appeared in three games, making one catch, before landing on injured reserve with a wrist injury. Arizona went 7-8-1, missing the playoffs.

Baltimore: OT Ronnie Stanley

Despite missing four games with a foot injury, Stanley became an anchor at left tackle for Baltimore. He made 12 starts in his rookie season as the Ravens finished 8-8.

Buffalo: S Robert Blanton, S Sergio Brown

Blanton made 35 tackles in 10 games (two starts) before landing on injured reserve in week 11 with a foot injury. Brown finished with five tackles while appearing in eight games. Buffalo went 7-9.

Carolina: LS J.J. Jansen

Jansen maintained his hold on the starting long snapper job for Carolina, which wobbled to a 6-10 record a year after making the Super Bowl. Jansen appeared in all 16 games and made one tackle.

Chicago: DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Lewis-Moore spent the entire season on the Ravens practice squad. But after four years in Baltimore, he’s on the move. Chicago signed him to a reserve/futures contract.

Cincinnati: TE Tyler Eifert, CB KeiVarae Russell

Injuries limited Eifert to just eight games this season. He made 29 catches on 47 targets for 394 yards and five touchdowns when playing. But he missed the last game of the season with a back injury as the Bengals finished 6-9-1. Cincinnati picked up Russell right before the season but kept him inactive for most of it. Russell appeared in five games, totaling one tackle and an interception in the season finale.

Cleveland: RB George Atkinson III

Atkinson spent most of the season on special teams as a kick returner. He returned eight kicks for 137 yards and added a couple tackles on kick coverage. Cleveland (1-15) gave him some carries late in the season too. Atkinson had 34 yards and a touchdown on seven rushes.

Dallas: OL Zack Martin, LB Jaylon Smith

Martin’s season came to an end with a 34-31 loss to the Packers in the Divisional round. Dallas went 13-3 in the regular season. All in all, Martin turned in another stellar season as the starting right guard. He was named first team All-Pro and made a third straight Pro Bowl. Smith (knee) spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Detroit: RB Theo Riddick, WR Golden Tate, TJ Jones

Riddick appeared in 10 games thanks to some injuries, yet still led the Lions with 357 rushing yards and one touchdown on 97 carries. He added 53 receptions for 371 yards and five touchdowns. Tate led the Lions with 91 receptions and 1,077 yards with four touchdowns. Jones appeared in four games, making five catches for 93 yards. Detroit went 9-7 then lost to Seattle in the Wild Card round.

Houston: WR Will Fuller, OL Nick Martin

Fuller turned in a solid rookie season with 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns. Houston went 9-7 during the regular season, winning the AFC South only to lose to the Patriots in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Martin (ankle) is on injured reserve.

Indianapolis: DB Matthias Farley

Farley appeared in all 16 games for the Colts (8-8) during his rookie season, mostly as a special teams player. He had 11 tackles.

Jacksonville: DL Sheldon Day, TE Ben Koyack, DT Louis Nix 

Koyack appeared in 14 games, making 19 catches on 24 targets for 161 yards and a touchdown. He added a couple tackles. Day suited up in all 16 games for the Jaguars (3-13) but made only eight tackles while adding one sack. Nix spent the season on the practice squad.

Miami: OL Sam Young

Young, mostly a reserve tackle, appeared in eight games during the regular season and made one start for the Dolphins. Miami went 10-6 in the regular season before losing to the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs.

Minnesota: TE Kyle Rudolph, S Harrison Smith

Smith, who’s slated to start at free safety for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, finished second on the team with 91 tackles despite missing a couple games with an ankle injury. He added two sacks and a fumble recovery along the way. Rudolph made 83 catches (second on the team) on a team-high 132 targets for 840 yards and seven touchdowns, also a team high. Minnesota finished 8-8 after a 5-0 start.

New York Giants:  DE Romeo Okwara, LB Ishaq Williams

After catching on with the Giants as an undrafted free agent, Okwara made an impact during his rookie season by appearing in all 16 games. He had 25 total tackles and one sack while making four starts. Williams spent most of the season on the practice squad before eventually being activated for the last few weeks. He didn’t make a game day roster. New York went 11-5 during the regular season before losing to the Packers in the playoffs.

San Diego: LB Manti Te’o

Te’o appeared in three games before a torn Achilles ended his season. He made 17 tackles. San Diego went 5-11.

Seattle: RB C.J. Prosise

Prosise finished with 30 carries for 172 yards and one touchdown in six games. He missed the final couple months with a shoulder injury. Seattle went 10-5-1 during the regular season, winning the NFC West. But their playoff run ended with a loss to the Falcons.

Tennessee: TE Anthony Fasano

Fasano dressed for all 16 games this season, finishing with eight catches on 14 targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee went 9-7.


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