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Six Pro Bears In NFL Playoffs Divisional Round

Jan 10, 2021
Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers will square off in an NFC Divisional Round playoff game in Green Bay on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

BERKELEY – Six former Cal players are affiliated with teams that have reached the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs next Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 16-17. Cal had affiliates in all six of the Wild Card Round contests played this Saturday and Sunday with four on winning teams in Cameron Jordan (New Orleans), Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams), Patrick Mekari (Baltimore) and Davis Webb (Buffalo practice squad). Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Mitchell Schwartz (Kansas City injured reserve) are on teams who had already earned a spot in the Divisional Round by clinching top seeds in the NFC and AFC, respectively, to earn Wild Card Round byes.

Goff, who missed the final game of the regular season with a broken right thumb, came off the bench to complete 9-of-19 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions to help the Rams to a 30-20 win at Seattle while Webb's Buffalo squad was a 27-24 winner over Indianapolis in the nightcap. On Sunday, Jordan started and contributed five tackles in New Orleans' 21-9 home win over Chicago while Mekari was the Ravens' starting center in a 20-13 victory at Tennessee.

Cal did have eight of its 14 affiliates in the NFL Playoffs eliminated during the Wild Card Round including seven in a single loss when Washington was defeated Saturday by Tampa Bay, 31-23. Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Kunaszyk and Nick Sundberg were on Washington's active 53-player roster, while Trevor Davis was a member of the team's practice squad with Ron Rivera (head coach), Vincent Rivera (defensive quality control) and Richard Rodgers Sr. (assistant defensive backs coach) on the coaching staff. Tyson Alualu's Pittsburgh squad was also eliminated in a 48-37 home loss to Cleveland on Sunday in the last of the weekend's six Wild Card Round games.

Kendricks started at linebacker and made six tackles in Washington's loss, while Sundberg participated in eight special teams snaps and Kunasyzk was not active. Alualu started and had three tackles for the Steelers in their defeat.
Cal had at least one affiliate involved in all six Wild Card Round games as well as both teams who earned byes on the opening weekend.

The Golden Bears have affiliates on six of the eight teams taking part in the Divisional Round with at least one in all four games beginning with dueling quarterbacks Goff and Rodgers when the Rams visit the Packers on Saturday (1:35 pm PT – FOX, FOX Deportes). Mekari and Webb are up next when Baltimore travels to Buffalo to close out Saturday's action (5:15 pm PT – NBC, Universo). Schwartz and Kansas City host Cleveland to start Sunday's doubleheader (12:05 pm PT – CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes) before Jordan and New Orleans wrap up the Divisional Round by welcoming Tampa Bay (3:40 pm PT – FOX, FOX Deportes).

See below for a full listing of the NFL Playoffs schedule, results and Cal affiliates.
 
NFL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE/RESULTS
 
WILD CARD ROUND – SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
Seed, Team (Record) … Cal Affiliates
at AFC No. 2 Buffalo 27, AFC No. 7 Indianapolis 24 … Davis Webb is on Buffalo's practice squad
NFC No. 6 Los Angeles 30, at NFC No. 3 Seattle 20 … Jared Goff is on Los Angeles Rams' active roster
NFC No. 5 Tampa Bay 31, at NFC No. 4 Washington 23 … Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Kunaszyk and Nick Sundberg are on Washington's active roster … Trevor Davis is on Washington's practice squad … Ron Rivera (head coach), Vincent Rivera (defensive quality control) and Richard Rodgers Sr. (assistant defensive backs coach) are on Washington's coaching staff
 
WILD CARD ROUND – SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
Seed, Team (Record) … Cal Affiliates
AFC No. 5 Baltimore 20, at AFC No. 4 Tennessee 13 … Patrick Mekari is on Baltimore's active roster
at NFC No. 2 New Orleans 21, NFC No. 7 Chicago 9 … Cameron Jordan is on New Orleans' active roster
AFC No. 6 Cleveland 48, at AFC No. 3 Pittsburgh 37 … Tyson Alualu is on Pittsburgh's active roster
 
DIVISIONAL ROUND – SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
Time (TV) – Seed, Team … Cal Affiliates
1:35 pm PT (FOX, FOX Deportes) – NFC No. 6 Los Angeles Rams at NFC No. 1 Green Bay … Jared Goff is on Los Angeles Rams' active roster … Aaron Rodgers is on Green Bay's active roster
5:15 pm PT (NBC, Universo) – AFC No. 5 Baltimore at AFC No. 2 Buffalo … Patrick Mekari is on Baltimore's active roster … Davis Webb is on Buffalo's practice squad
 
DIVISIONAL ROUND – SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
Time (TV) – Seed, Team … Cal Affiliates
12:05 pm PT (CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes) – AFC No. 6 Cleveland at AFC No. 1 Kansas City … Mitchell Schwartz is on Kansas City's injured reserve
3:40 pm PT (FOX, FOX Deportes) – NFC No. 5 Tampa Bay at NFC No. 2 New Orleans … Cameron Jordan is on New Orleans active roster
 
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND – SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
Time (TV)
12:05 pm PT (FOX) – NFC Championship Game
3:40 pm PT (CBS) – AFC Championship Games
*Seeds, teams, locations and Cal affiliates TBA
 
SUPER BOWL LV – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Time (TV) – Seed, Team – Location … Cal Affiliates
3:30 PM PT (CBS) – AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. … TBA
*Teams and Cal affiliates TBA