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Your Guide To Nittany Lions In The 2021 NFL Playoffs

It’s time for some playoff football, baby!

The NFL’s 256-game regular season has come and gone, and the postseason is now officially here. As we head into the first-ever “Super” Wildcard Weekend, 13 Nittany Lions are listed on NFL teams’ active 53-man rosters.

Chris Godwin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to win the organization a Super Bowl for the first time since 2003, while Bears wideout Allen Robinson attempts to win the first playoff game of his career. Additionally, Chiefs offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski has the chance to become a Super Bowl champion for the second consecutive year.

Here is a complete guide to Penn State football players in the NFL playoffs:

Penn Staters On Active Rosters

  • OT Ryan Bates — Buffalo Bills
  • WR Allen Robinson — Chicago Bears
  • S Adrian Amos — Green Bay Packers
  • OL Stefen Wisniewski — Kansas City Chiefs
  • S Nick Scott — Los Angeles Rams
  • DB Grant Haley — New Orleans Saints
  • WR Juwan Johnson — New Orleans Saints
  • LB Marcus Allen –Pittsburgh Steelers
  • WR Chris Godwin — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • OT Donovan Smith — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • DL DaQuan Jones — Tennessee Titans
  • DL Jack Crawford — Tennessee Titans
  • S Troy Apke — Washington Football Team

Wild Card Weekend Schedule

Saturday, January 9
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills — 1:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks — 4:40 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Football Team — 8:15 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, January 10
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans — 1:05 p.m. on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints — 4:40 p.m. on CBS/Nickelodeon
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — 8:15 p.m. on NBC

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers both earned a first-round bye and will play next week.


There are six Nittany Lions who are a part of a playoff team’s organization but aren’t currently on the active roster. Three players — quarterback Trace McSorley (Ravens), punter Blake Gillikin (Saints), and offensive lineman AQ Shipley — are on injured reserve. Chicago Bears safety Jordan Lucas opted out of the season back in August due to coronavirus concerns.

Additionally, defensive linemen Robert Windsor (Colts) and Anthony Zettel (Saints) are currently on their respective teams’ practice squad.

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About the Author

Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his rants on all of his teams follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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