Former Buckeye Philly Brown was listed as questionable heading into the Panthers' road matchup with the Seahawks after separating his shoulder during Wildcard Weekend against the Cardinals. Brown's Panthers' weren't victorious on Saturday, but his toughness is indisputable. Brown did play on Saturday evening and had two receptions for 24 yards. Cam Newton threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, and the Seahawks capitalized on his mistakes, winning, 31-17.
Dan "Boom" Herron was once again an integral part of the Colts' offensive attack as they pulled off a road victory against the Denver Broncos. Herron had 63 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards for the Colts, plus one rushing touchdown. For the Broncos, rookie Bradley Roby came up with an interception toward the end of the first half. Roby also added two tackles for the Broncos. The Colts, with Herron and rookie guard Jack Mewhort, will take on the Patriots in the AFC Championship next weekend in Gillette Stadium following Sunday's 24-13 win over the Broncos.
Two more former Buckeyes will advance to face Seattle in the NFC Championship following Green Bay's victory over the Cowboys in Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. Rookie center Corey Linsley, who has played extremely well overall for the Packers this season after being selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, had one gaffe on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers clapped as part of his pre-snap cadence, and Linsley snapped the ball before Rodgers was ready for it. Dan Kadar from over at SB Nation made an interesting point:
The cue to snap at Ohio State was a clap with Braxton Miller. I wonder if Corey Linsley heard it and snapped out of instinct.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) January 11, 2015
The play did culminate in a sack, but it didn't matter at the end of the day, as the Packers won, 26-21. Former Buckeye A.J. Hawk had one tackle and two assists for the Packers in the victory.
As focused as they've had to be on the playoffs, there's no question that former Buckeyes will be cheering on the current Buckeyes Monday night:
Great team win now time for the Buckeyes to handle business tomorrow #GOBUCKS— Boom herron (@BOOMHERRON1) January 12, 2015