NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 15

JUST TWO GAMES remaining in the NFL's regular season and only one Washington State alum has definite post-season plans, as Erik Coleman and his Atlanta Falcons clinched a playoff bracket with their thumping of Seattle on Sunday.

Although Coleman is the lone Cougar slated to continue his season thus far, as many as five more Wazzu alums could have their seasons extended well into January.

Jerome Harrison would seem the safest bet, as his Philadelphia Eagles are in pole-position of the NFC East. Chris Ivory and the New Orleans Saints trail the Falcons by two games in the NFC South, but look to be a sure thing for a wildcard slot.

Not as certain is the fate of Jacksonville's Jason Hill and Tyron Brackenridge. Although the Jags are knotted with Indianapolis for first place of the AFC South at 8-6, the Colts hold the tie-breaker should both squads win their remaining two games. A second place finish in their division likely won't merit a wildcard berth.

And as incredible as it may seem, either St. Louis's Brandon Gibson or Seattle's Marcus Trufant will probably be suiting up for the playoffs. Typically a 6-8 record—the Rams and Seahawks current records—wouldn't inspire dreams of post-season glory, but this season in the lowly NFC West it means first place.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week 15:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Declared inactive for the Cardinals' 19-12 loss to Carolina.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Tallied seven tackles (6 solo) from his safety spot and 1 more on special teams in the Vikings' 40-14 fall to Chicago on Monday night.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: Posted two special teams tackles (1 solo) in the Jags' 24-24 loss to the Counterfeit Colts.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: No recorded stats for the Spokane native in the Falcons' 34-18 victory against Seattle.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to the Saints' practice squad.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 4th season: Recorded four tackles (2 solo) on defense and 1 more on special teams in the Vikings' loss to Chicago.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: The Puyallup native caught three passes for 29 yards in the Rams' 27-13 loss to Kansas City.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: Did not play; out for the remainder of the season on injured reserve (knee).

Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia, 5th season: The Ghost caught one pass for 7 yards and gained 3 more on 1 run in the Eagles' 38-31 comeback victory against the NY Giants.

Jason Hill, WR, Jacksonville, 4th season :Caught two passes for 40 yards and returned a kickoff 30 yards in the Jags' fall to Indianapolis. Hill is averaging over 25 yards every time he has touched the ball since joining Jacksonville.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie :Declared inactive (hamstring) for the Saints' 30-24 loss to Baltimore. The Big Easy backfield gained just 27 yards on 14 carries against the Ravens.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: The Vancouver, Wash. native was true on one field goal attempt (29 yards) and both extra-point tries in the Bills' 17-14 victory against Miami.

Karl Paymah, DB, Houston, 6th season :Did not play; out for the remainder of the season on injured reserve (wrist).

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, New York Jets, 2nd season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve (achilles).

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 8th season: Posted five tackles (3 solo) before leaving with back spasms in the second quarter. He did not return and is questionable for week 16.

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