Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 18 Recap

Eighteen weeks have come and gone, and the NFL regular season has come to a close.

It was an exciting season for Penn State football fans that included former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley making his first NFL start and the “outside of Philly” kids seeing their Philadelphia Eagles tie the Kansas City Chiefs for the best record in the league.

As the NFL heads into the playoffs, we took a look at how former Penn Staters did around the league during the final week of the regular season.

Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears

Safety Jaquan Brisker rounded out his rookie year in the NFL with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bears struggled in 2022-23, the defensive back impressed as a bright spot for the franchise.

Against the Vikings, Brisker registered 10 tackles and one pass defended. He finished the season with 94 tackles, four sacks, and a lone interception.

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

Wide receiver Jahan Dotson and the Commanders finished just outside of the playoffs in his first year in the NFL. However, Dotson put up a respectable 72 yards across three catches against the Dallas Cowboys to end the season with a 26-6 win. Dotson finished the year with 32 receptions for 451 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fellow Nittany Lion Micah Parsons recorded two tackles and .5 sacks for the Cowboys, who comfortably make the Wild Card round despite the tough loss to end their regular season.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the No. 4 seed in the NFC already locked up, the Buccaneers had nothing to play for on Sunday. Still, Chris Godwin, one of the Bucs’ leading wide receivers, trotted out and finished with six catches for 55 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. Godwin also recorded a fumble, his first of the season.

His teammate, Carl Nassib, recorded four tackles for the Bucs.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Tight end Mike Gesicki and the Dolphins pulled off a grueling, touchdown-less win against the New York Jets that caused them to sneak into the playoffs as the last Wild Card team. Gesicki finished with four catches for 46 yards in Miami’s 11-6 victory.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Running back Miles Sanders and the Eagles needed a win against the New York Giants to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and that’s exactly what they got. However, Sanders struggled to produce much for Philadelphia, recording 33 rushing yards on 11 attempts in the 22-16 win.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

In a must-win game for safety Adrian Amos and the Green Bay Packers, they fell short against the Detroit Lions. Amos contributed six tackles in the 20-16 loss, while the Packers were eliminated from contention. The Nittany Lion finished the season with 96 total tackles (second on the Packers), one sack, and one interception.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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