Two Nittany Lions Headed to Super Bowl XLIX

But only one will play when Seattle takes on New England in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1. Get the lowdown.

From 1967 through last year, at least one Penn State player was on the roster of a Super Bowl participant in all but five games.

That trend will continue this year, when Seattle faces New England in the big game. Though there are no former Nittany Lions on the Patriots, the Seahawks have two PSU grads on their roster — OL Garry Gilliam (shown above) and DT Jordan Hill. Gilliam played a key role in Seattle’s NFC title win over Green Bay.

Hill was placed on injured reserve earlier this month, and has not played since (and is not eligible to play in the Super Bowl).

Here is how the NFL playoffs have broken down so far, from a Penn State perspective.

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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS


NFC

Sunday, 3:05 p.m. (FOX)

Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless (5)

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Seattle Seahawks
Garry Gilliam (1), Jordan Hill (2-I.R.)

Green Bay is eliminated by a 28-22 overtime loss. Gilliam (shown above) scored Seattle's first touchdown of the game on a 19-yard catch off a fake field goal. The offensive tackle spent most of his PSU career at tight end. As noted, Hill is out for the season due to injury. Quarless did not make a catch and was only targeted once for Green Bay. Seattle advances to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1., where it will face New England. Which brings us to…


AFC

Sunday, 6:40 p.m. (CBS)

Indianapolis Colts
A.Q. Shipley (5)

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New England Patriots
None

Colts are eliminated after being blown out, 45-7. Shipley did not play for Indy. New England advances to the Super Bowl.


DIVISIONAL ROUND


AFC

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)

Baltimore Ravens
John Urschel (1)

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New England Patriots
None

Baltimore eliminated following 35-31 loss. Urschel started at right guard and helped pave the way for an offense that generated 428 yards. New England plays host to Indianapolis in the AFC title game next Sunday (6:30 p.m., CBS).


Sunday, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)

Indianapolis Colts
A.Q. Shipley (5)

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Denver Broncos
Jordan Norwood (6-I.R.)

Denver eliminated following 24-13 loss. As noted, Norwood was on IR and did not play for the Broncos. Shipley was active but the backup offensive lineman did not play in the game for the Colts. Indy is in the AFC title game at New England next Sunday.


NFC

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina Panthers
None

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Seattle Seahawks
Garry Gilliam (1), Jordan Hill (2)

Carolina eliminated following 35-31 loss. Hill missed the game with a calf injury. Gilliam saw time as a backup. Seattle will play host to Green Bay in the NFC title game next Sunday (3 p.m., FOX).


Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dallas Cowboys
Jack Crawford (3-I.R.), Sean Lee (5-I.R.)

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Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless (5e)

Dallas eliminated following 26-21 loss. As noted, both PSU players on the Cowboys' roster were on IR. Quarless had four catches (on four targets) for 31 yards and a score. He also recovered a teammate's fumble on a kickoff return. Green Bay travels to Seattle for the NFC title game next Sunday.


Wildcard Round


AFC

Baltimore Ravens
John Urschel (1)

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Pittsburgh Steelers
None

Pittsburgh eliminated after 27-16 loss. Urschel started at right guard for the Ravens.


Cincinnati Bengals
Devon Still (3)

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Indianapolis Colts
A.Q. Shipley (5)

Cincinnati eliminated after 26-10 loss. Shipley was inactive for the Colts due to an ankle injury. Still was inactive for the Bengals.


NFC

Arizona Cardinals
Glenn Carson (1)

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Carolina Panthers
None

Arizona eliminated after 27-16 loss. Carson played on special teams for the Cardinals and made one tackle.


Detroit Lions
None

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Dallas Cowboys
Jack Crawford (3-I.R.), Sean Lee (5-I.R.)

Detroit eliminated after 24-20 loss. As noted, Crawford and Lee are both on injured reserve.


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