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Wild Card Weekend: How Did Former FSU Players Fare?

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The NFL playoffs started this weekend and gave enough drama to tide fans over until the next round of games. Whether it be missed field goals, historic quarterback meltdowns, violently intense rivalries, or just a plain old close contest, the beginnings of the postseason had something for everyone.

Like many successful colleges, Florida State football has a presence on most teams in the NFL (23/32). This weekend saw seven active former Seminoles suit up for the games, with 6 of them recording a statistic. The numbers for these players are below.

As a side note, keep in mind that stats cannot tell a reader everything. For example, cornerback Xavier Rhodes of the Vikings might look like he had a pedestrian outing, but many would put him near the top of the performers for the game. Accumulating stats is not the tell-all for a player (especially at certain positions).

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans

No players from FSU on either team.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Lawrence Timmons (LB, Pittsburgh) – 4 total tackles (2 solo, 2 assisted)

Vince Williams (LB, Pittsburgh) – 3 total tackles (3 solo)

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings

Nick Moody (LB, Seattle) – No statistics

Xavier Rhodes (CB, Minnesota) – 4 total tackles (4 solo)

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins

Letroy Guion (DT, Green Bay) – 2 total tackles (1 solo, 1 assist)

Dustin Hopkins (K, Washington) – 1/2 PAT, 1/1 FG, 4 total points, 3 touchbacks

Chris Thompson (RB, Washington) – 9 touches (1 rush, 8 receptions), 114 total yards (25 rushing, 89 receiving)

Fun Facts

Chris Thompson’s 89 receiving yards are the most by a running back so far in the playoffs. His 114 total yards is the second highest total for a running back as well (Fitzgerald Toussaint leads with 118 against the Bengals).

Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons had more than 11 percent of Pittsburgh’s tackles.

There are currently 11 active former FSU players on playoff teams. Kelvin Benjamin would be the 12th, but he is injured.

Eight former FSU players will be active next week barring any more injuries.

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