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Stanford in the NFL Playoffs
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/11/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and the NFC’s No. 1-seeded Seattle Seahawks started Saturday with a win for former Stanford players in the NFL, but the Indianapolis Colts and three ex-Cardinal lost at New England and Thomas Keiser's San Diego Chargers fell in Denver.

Sherman and the rest of the league’s top defensive unit limited New Orleans to just 15 points, including zero through the first three quarters, to lead Seattle to a 23-15 win. Baldwin helped seal the win with a 24-yard catch on a third-and-three play late in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown on the next play.

The Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck hung with New England for three quarters, before eventually falling 43-22. Luck hit Griff Whalen and Coby Fleener a total of 11 times, as he threw for 331 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

San Diego could not duplicate their effort of the regular season against Denver when Keiser picked off Peyton Manning to end a victory. Instead, the Chargers were held scoreless through three quarters and the Broncos hung on for a 24-17 win. 

Sherman and Baldwin represent the remaining Stanford players in the playoffs who were active this week. Sione Fua was inactive for Denver and Alex Debniak is on the San Francisco 49ers' reserve/injured list, although both of their teams are still alive. 

Richard Sherman - 
@RSherman_25
Seattle Seahawks - Cornerback
• Five tackles in Seattle’s 23-15 win against New Orleans
• NFC Championship Jan. 19 vs. San Francisco

Doug Baldwin - @DougBaldwinJr
Seattle Seahawks - Wide Receiver
• Two receptions for 30 yards and one kickoff return for 21 yards in Seattle’s 23-15 win against New Orleans
• Highlight: 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter
• NFC Championship Jan. 19 vs. San Francisco


Andrew Luck
Indianapolis Colts - Quarterback
• Completed 20 of 41 passes for 331 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in Indianapolis’ 43-22 loss at New England
• Highlights: Indianapolis at New England

Coby Fleener - @CobyFleener
Indianapolis Colts - Tight End
• Caught six passes for 74 yards in Indianapolis’ 43-22 loss at New England

Griff Whalen
Indianapolis Colts - Wide Receiver
• Caught five passes for 67 yards in Indianapolis’ 43-22 loss at New England

Sione Fua - @sionefua
Denver Broncos - Defensive Tackle
• Inactive for Denver's 24-17 win against San Diego

Thomas Keiser - @ThomasKeiser
San Diego Chargers - Linebacker
• Played in San Diego's 24-17 loss at Denver

Delano Howell
Indianapolis Colts - Safety
• Listed on the reserve/injured roster

Alex Debniak - @AlexDebniak42
San Francisco 49ers - Fullback
• Listed on the reserve/injured roster


Johnson Bademosi - @BadaBOOM_24
Cleveland Browns - Defensive Back
• 16 games, 12 tackles

David DeCastro
Pittsburgh Steelers - Guard
• 15 games, 15 starts 

Jim Dray
Arizona Cardinals - Tight End
• 16 games, 15 starts, 26 receptions, 215 yards, two touchdowns
• Highlight: Seven-yard touchdown reception vs. Carolina

Zach Ertz - @ZERTZ_86
Philadelphia Eagles - Tight End
• 16 games, 36 receptions, 469 yards, four touchdowns
• Caught three passes for 22 yards and one touchdown in Philadelphia’s 26-24 playoff loss against New Orleans
• Highlight: Three-yard touchdown reception in the playoffs

Toby Gerhart
Minnesota Vikings - Running Back
• 14 games, 36 carries, 283 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 13 receptions, 88 receiving yards 
• Highlight: 41-yard touchdown run vs. Green Bay

Erik Lorig - @eriklorig
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Fullback
• 15 games, nine starts, 11 receptions, 47 yards

Jonathan Martin - @J_Martin71
Miami Dolphins - Offensive Tackle
• Seven games, seven starts

Matthew Masifilo - @MMasifilo
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Defensive Tackle
• Signed off the practice squad Dec. 21

Chris Owusu - @Owusu81
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Wide Receiver
• Nine games, four starts, 13 receptions, 114 yards

Konrad Reuland
New York Jets - Tight End
• 10 games, one reception, seven yards

Alex Smith
Cincinnati Bengals - Tight End
• 16 games, one start, three receptions, 12 yards, one touchdown

Jeremy Stewart - @J_Stew32
Oakland Raiders - Running Back
• 13 games, two rushes, two rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, two receptions, six receiving yards, one blocked punt touchdown
• Highlight: Blocked punt recovery for touchdown vs. Washington

Will Svitek - @WillSvitek
New England Patriots - Offensive Tackle
• 13 games, two starts

Stepfan Taylor - @KULABAFI
Arizona Cardinals - Running Back
• 16 games, 36 carries, 115 yards

Chase Thomas - @CTcard44
Atlanta Falcons - Outside Linebacker
• Spent the season on the practice squad

Michael Thomas - @Michael31Thomas
Miami Dolphins - Safety
• Three games, three tackles, two passes defended, one interception
• Highlight: Game-ending interception vs. New England

Levine Toilolo - @LevineToilolo
Atlanta Falcons - Tight End
• 16 games, three starts, 11 receptions, 55 yards, two touchdowns
• Highlight: Three-yard touchdown reception vs. the New York Jets

Ryan Whalen
Cincinnati Bengals - Wide Receiver
• Four games


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