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Stanford in the NFL Playoffs
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/19/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Super Bowl XLVIII will have a distinct Stanford feel after Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks to the NFC Championship Sunday. The pair of ex-Stanford players will be joined in the big game by John Elway, a fellow ex-Cardinal who now leads the Denver Broncos as the executive vice president of football operations.

Baldwin provided a consistent spark for Seattle’s offense and special teams throughout the game, amassing 209 yards (109 kickoff return, 106 receiving). He also turned in two big plays, a 51-yard catch down the middle of the field in the second quarter and a 69-yard kickoff return in the third, both of which set up field goals for the Seahawks.

Sherman put an exclamation point on Baldwin’s efforts with a tipped pass that resulted in an interception on San Francisco’s final play to seal the 23-17 victory for Seattle. Holding a six-point lead in the final minute, Sherman spun to knock away a deep pass that would have hit 49ers’ receiver Michael Crabtree in end zone.

Elway’s Denver team beat the New England Patriots 26-16 behind 400 passing yards from Peyton Manning. Sione Fua is on Denver’s roster, but was inactive for the AFC Championship.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Richard Sherman - @RSherman_25
Seattle Seahawks - Cornerback
• Two tackles and a game-ending tipped pass in Seattle’s 23-17 win against San Francisco
• Highlight: Tipped pass leads to interception in the fourth quarter

Doug Baldwin - @DougBaldwinJr
Seattle Seahawks - Wide Receiver
• Caught six passes for 106 yards and returned three kickoffs for 109 yards in Seattle’s 23-17 win against San Francisco
• Highlight: 58-yard reception in the second quarter



Sione Fua - @sionefua
Denver Broncos - Defensive Tackle
• Inactive for Denver's 26-16 win against New England


Will Svitek - @WillSvitek
New England Patriots - Offensive Tackle
• Played in New England's 26-16 loss at New England

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

Coby Fleener - @CobyFleener
Indianapolis Colts - Tight End
• 16 games, 12 starts, 52 receptions, 608 yards, four touchdowns
• Highlight: Sounds of the game with Coby Fleener

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

Delano Howell
Indianapolis Colts - Safety
• Six games, three starts, 19 tackles

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

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

Andrew Luck
Indianapolis Colts - Quarterback
• 16 games, completed 343 of 570 passes (60.2%), 3,822 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, nine interceptions
• Highlights: Best of Andrew Luck
• Will appear in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Rosters for the game will be established through a draft by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders Jan. 21-22

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

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

Griff Whalen - @GriffWhalen
Indianapolis Colts - Wide Receiver
• Nine games, three starts, 24 receptions, 259 yards, two touchdowns
• Highlights: Best of Griff Whalen

Ryan Whalen
Cincinnati Bengals - Wide Receiver
• Four games


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