Nittany Lions In The NFL: Wild Card Roundup

Now that the longest regular season in NFL history is over, the postseason is finally here. Lucky for Penn State fans at home, a large handful of Nittany Lions are on postseason rosters heading into this year’s playoffs.

As the road to the Super Bowl begins, here’s a recap of how Penn State’s NFL stars performed throughout the wild card round.

Kevin Givens

Defensive lineman Kevin Givens had one of his best games of his career on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in the 49ers’ 23-17 win. Givens was forced to step up after teammate and Pro Bowl defensive lineman Nick Bosa went out with a concussion late in the second quarter.

Givens stepped up and recorded a career-high four tackles, half a sack, one pass deflection, and one quarterback hit to help the 49ers win.

Robbie Gould

San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould also helped the 49ers win and continue one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL.

Gould was perfect on Sunday, going 2-for-2 on PATs and 3-for-3 on field goals, hitting from as far as 53 yards. He also extended his postseason record of consecutive field goals made in the playoffs to a perfect 18-for-18.

The 49ers will travel to Green Bay this weekend to take on the Packers for a chance to play in the NFC Championship Game.

Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons missed a good chunk of the first half due to injury on Sunday. The linebacker later returned to the game and still managed to record 10 tackles and one tackle for loss.

While his season may be over, Parsons did not disappoint. He earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors and is a near lock to claim this year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year title.

Pat Freiermuth

The rookie tight end didn’t have the greatest game Sunday night for the Steelers, totaling 25 receiving yards on four receptions in a blowout 42-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, that doesn’t take away from the amazing year Pat Freiermuth had. He ranked second in touchdowns among rookie receivers and is primed for a successful career in Pittsburgh.

Miles Sanders

A season of struggles continued on Sunday for Miles Sanders, as the third-year running back couldn’t get anything going against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sanders totaled just 16 rushing yards on seven carries and 12 receiving yards on three receptions. He failed to record a touchdown during an injury-filled season.

Nick Scott

While he only recorded two tackles all game, Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott set the tone in Monday night’s playoff game.

With starting safety Taylor Rapp inactive due to a concussion, Scott stepped up and helped the Rams defeat the Arizona Cardinals 34-11.

Other Notables

  • Carl Nassib totaled three tackles for the Las Vegas Raiders in their 26-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Marcus Allen totaled just two tackles in a 42-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Safety Adrian Amos enjoyed the bye week as the No. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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