Win or go home. The playoffs have arrived, and teams can no longer afford to lose. Eight Bulldogs made an appearance in the playoffs, so let’s take a look at how they played in the Wild Card round.
- Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys –
Making his second career playoff start, Prescott completed twenty-two of thirty-three passes for 226 yards. Eleven of Prescott’s 226 passing yards came from his passing touchdown on the night, a beautiful ball thrown to Michael Gallup. The Cowboys QB also scored on the ground, pushing the ball across from one yard out. With his passing and rushing TD, Prescott became the first Cowboys QB to have both a passing and rushing TD in a playoff game. The Cowboys will travel to LA to take on the Rams next week.
- Benardrick McKinney, LB, Houston Texans –
What do all MSU linebackers have in common? Flying all across the field. McKinney might have finished the season in defeat, but he wrapped it up with an impressive effort. The Texans LB collected five tackles and four tackle assists, a total of nine combined tackles.
- Jordan Thomas, TE, Houston Texans (R) –
The Texans awarded Thomas with his first career playoff start in his first career playoff game. Even though he did not haul in any passes, the Texans TE finished the season on a high note.
- Denico Autry, DL, Indianapolis Colts –
Like Thomas, Autry was one of the starters, but did not record any stats. The Colts will play in Kansas City next week against the Chiefs.
- Fletcher Cox, DL, Philadelphia Eagles –
Philly just will not go away. Cox led a vaunted defensive line into Chicago and led them to a huge upset win over the Bears. Plugging up the middle with one tackle and a tackle assist, Cox helped limit the Bears to sixty-five rushing yards as a team. The Eagles will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in a rematch of their week ten matchup.
- K.J. Wright, LB, Seattle Seahawks –
Another MSU linebacker making plays all over the field? Yep. K.J. Wright was making plays no matter his assignment. Racking up seven tackles and one tackle assist would stand as a good game alone, but Wright wasn’t done there. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Wright intercepted a Dak Prescott pass intended for Noah Brown. Even though the Seahawks lost, seeing K.J. back healthy and playing the way we’re used to seeing him play is enjoyable to watch.
- Offensive Lineman –
- Martinas Rankin, Houston Texans (R) – 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts