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Eight Pro Bears Affiliated With Teams In NFL Playoffs

Jan 9, 2022
Aaron Rodgers is one of five former Cal players on active NFL playoff rosters and one of eight affiliated with NFL playoff teams.

Cal has eight former players who finished their collegiate careers with the Golden Bears affiliated with teams that have made the NFL Playoffs including five on active rosters in Bryan Anger (Dallas), DeSean Jackson (Las Vegas), Alex Mack (San Francisco), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Richard Rodgers II (Philadelphia). In addition, Tyson Alualu is on the injured reserve list of playoff-bound Pittsburgh, while Ian Bunting (Dallas) and Davis Webb (Buffalo) are on practice squads of teams also playing in the postseason.

Jackson was on the final team to pick up one of the league's 14 playoff spots when the Raiders were a 35-32 overtime winner at home against the Los Angeles Chargers in the final game of the NFL regular season Sunday night. Jackson and the Raiders (10-7) finished as the #5 AFC seed and will visit AFC #4 seed Cincinnati (10-7) in an AFC Wild Card Round game on Saturday, Jan. 15 (4:35 pm ET/1:35 pm PT, NBC).

Mack and Alualu's teams also clinched their playoff spots Sunday with the 49ers a 27-24 Week 18 overtime winner at the Los Angeles Rams and the Steelers knocking off Baltimore also in overtime, 16-13.

Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay had already wrapped up home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, the conference's top seed, a bye in the opening Wild Card Round and an NFC North crown before a 37-30 Week 18 loss at Detroit.

Anger and Dallas closed out their regular season with a 51-26 Week 18 win over Philadelphia on Saturday and finished the campaign with a 12-5 overall record and the NFC East crown. The #3 NFC seeded Cowboys will host Mack's #6 NFC seed 49ers (10-7) in an NFC Wild Card Round game on Sunday, Jan. 16 (3:30 pm CT/1:30 pm PT, CBS). Rodgers II and the Eagles (9-8) will be the #7 NFC seed and play at #2 NFC seed and defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay (13-4) also on Sunday (1 pm ET/10 am PT, FOX), while Pittsburgh (9-7-1) is the #7 AFC seed and will travel to #2 AFC seed Kansas City (12-5) to conclude Sunday's playoff tripleheader (7:15 pm CT/5:15 pm PT, NBC).

Buffalo (11-6) is the AFC's #3 seed after clinching the AFC East and concluding its season with a 27-10 home win over the New York Jets in Week 18 on Sunday. The Bills will host #6 AFC seed New England (10-7) on Saturday (8:15 pm ET/5:15 pm PT, CBS).

The only Wild Card Round contest that does not include a former Cal player affiliated with at least one of the teams is the NFC matchup between the #4 NFC seed Los Angeles Rams (12-5) and #5 Arizona (11-6) at the Rams' SoFi Stadium on Monday, Jan. 17 (5:15 pm PT, ABC/ESPN).

Following is a brief summary and notes on each of Cal's 26 former players that ended the NFL's 2021 regular season on active NFL rosters (16), injured/reserve lists (2), practice squads (4) and coaching staffs (4). Pro Football Reference (players) and team (coaches) bios are available by clicking on each name. 
 
Active NFL Rosters (16)
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
2021 Regular Season: 9-8 (#10 AFC, #3 AFC West) – 16 games played, 16 starts; 106 receptions (#4 AFC, #7 NFL), 1138 yards receiving (#7 AFC), 6 TD … 100-plus receptions four of last five seasons … 5th Pro Bowl selection
Week 18: L, 32-35 (OT), at Las Vegas – 6 receptions, 52 yards
 
Stephen Anderson, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
2021 Regular Season: 9-8 (#10 AFC, #3 AFC West) – 17 games played, 4 starts; 16 receptions, 165 yards, 1 TD … tied for career high in touchdown receptions … second-highest totals of career in receptions and yards receiving
Week 18: L, 32-35 (OT), at Las Vegas – participated
 
Bryan Anger, P, Dallas
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sat., Jan. 15, 3:30 pm CT/1:30 pm PT) – #3 Dallas (12-5) vs. #6 San Francisco (10-7) … member of a playoff team for the second time (Houston 2019, Dallas 2021) … 2 games; 44.1 yards per punt
2021 Regular Season: 12-5 (#3 NFC Playoff Seed, NFC East Champion) … 17 games played, 0 starts; 44.6 net yards per punt (#1 NFL); 48.4 yards per punt (#6 NFL) … both career highs … 1st Pro Bowl selection
Week 18: W, 51-26, at Philadelphia – 1 punt, 44 yards, 44.0 yards per punt, 44.0 net yards per punt, 44 long
 
Camryn Bynum, S, Minnesota
2021 Regular Season: 8-9 (#9 NFC, #2 NFC North) … 14 games played, 3 starts; 28 tackles, 1.0 sack (-9 yards), 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 interception (27 yards), 3 pass deflections
Week 18: W, 31-17, vs. Chicago – Did not play, Reserve-COVID-19 list
 
Jake Curhan, OT, Seattle
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#11 NFC, #4 NFC West) … 15 games played, 5 starts … started final 5 games
Week 18: W, 38-30, at Arizona – Played all 58 offensive snaps
 
Ashtyn Davis, S, New York Jets
2021 Regular Season: 4-13 (#14 AFC, #4 AFC East) … 13 games played, 10 starts; 62 tackles, 0.5 sacks (-3 yards), 1 quarterback hit, 2 interceptions (18 yards), 3 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles … career highs in all categories listed
Week 18: L, 10-27, at Buffalo – 3 tackles
 
Jared Goff, QB, Detroit
2021 Regular Season: 3-13-1 (#16 NFC, #4 NFC North) … 14 games played, 14 starts; 332-of-494 (career-high 67.2%), 3245 yards, 19 touchdowns, 8 interceptions; 17 rushes, 87 yards … had an interception percentage of 1.6% that was the fifth-best among NFL starting quarterbacks
Week 18: W, 37-30, vs. Green Bay – 21-of-30, 238 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 115.7 rating
 
Jaylinn Hawkins, S, Atlanta
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#12 NFC, #3 NFC South) … 14 games played, 4 starts; 24 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions (11 yards), 3 pass deflections
Week 18: L, 20-30, vs. New Orleans – participated
 
DeSean Jackson, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sat., Jan. 15, 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT) – #5 Las Vegas (10-7) at #4 Cincinnati (10-7) … member of a playoff team for the seventh time (Philadelphia 2008-10, 2013, 2020; Washington 2015; Las Vegas 2021) … 7 games played, 7 starts; 21 receptions, 338 yards, 2 touchdowns; 11 punt returns, 174 yards
2021 Regular Season: 10-7 (#5 AFC Playoff Seed, #2 AFC West) – 16 games played, 4 starts; 20 receptions, 454 yards, 2 TD (Las Vegas – 9 games played, 4 starts; 12 receptions, 233 yards, 1 TD … Los Angeles Rams – 7 games played, 0 starts; 8 receptions, 221 yards, 1 TD) … averaging 22.7 yards per reception on the season … most receptions and yards receiving since 2018
Week 18: W, 35-32 (OT), vs. Los Angeles Chargers – participated
 
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Jacksonville
2021 Regular Season: 3-14 (#16 AFC, #4 AFC South) – 17 games played, 16 starts; 73 receptions, 832 yards, 4 touchdowns … second-highest career receptions … has at least one catch in each of his last 114 regular-season games (fifth longest current streak in NFL)
Week 18: W, 26-11, vs. Indianapolis – 7 receptions, 88 yards, 1 touchdown
 
Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
2021 Regular Season: 9-8 (#8 NFC, #2 NFC South) – 16 games played, 16 starts; 59 tackles, 12.5 sacks (-75.5 yards), 13 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hits, 6 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles … sixth season with 10.0 or more sacks (third-highest career total) … seventh straight season with 10 or more tackles for loss … 10th straight season with 10 or more quarterback hits … had 8.5 sacks, 7 TFL and 9 QBH in last 4 games … 7th Pro Bowl selection … named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in regular season's final four weeks (Week 15, Week 17) … missed a game for the only time in his 11-year career (177 regular-season games) when he was on the Saints' Reserve/COVID-19 list for a Week 14 contest at the New York Jets with his absence ending the NFL's longest active games played streak by a non-kicker and longest active starts streak by any player at 172 and 158 games, respectively
Week 18: W, 30-20, at Atlanta … 2 tackles, 1.0 sack (-8 yards), 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 2 passes defended
 
Jordan Kunaszyk, OLB, Washington
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#10 NFC, #3 NFC East) – 11 games played, 0 starts; 4 tackles
Week 18: W, 22-7, at New York Giants – Did not play, Reserve-COVID-19 list
 
Alex Mack, C, San Francisco
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sat., Jan. 15, 3:30 pm CT/1:30 pm PT) – #6 San Francisco (10-7) at #3 Dallas (12-5) … member of a playoff team for the third time (Atlanta 2017-18, San Francisco 2021) … 5 games, 5 starts; 1 fumble recovery
2021 Regular Season: 10-7 (#6 NFC, #3 NFC West) – Played in and started all 17 games
Week 18: W, 27-24 (OT), at Los Angeles Rams – clinched a playoff spot with the victory … played all 70 offensive snaps at center
 
Patrick Mekari, G, Baltimore
2021 Regular Season: 8-9 (#12 AFC, #T3 AFC North) – 13 games, 12 starts; 1 fumble recovery, 1 tackle
Week 18: L, 13-16 (OT), vs. Pittsburgh
 
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Bye) – Member of a playoff team for the 12th time (Green Bay 2007, '09-16, '19-21) … 21 games played, 20 starts; 481-of-745 (64.6%), 45 touchdowns, 13 interceptions; 56 rushes. 285 yards, 4 TD
2021 Regular Season: 13-4 (#1 NFC Playoff Seed … NFC North Champion) … 16 games played, 16 starts; 366-of-531 (68.9%, #4 NFL), 4115 yards (#9 NFL), 37 touchdowns (#T3 NFL), 4 interceptions, 111.9 quarterback rating (#1 NFL); 33 rushes, 101 yards, 3 touchdowns … 10th Pro Bowl selection … NFC Offensive Player of the Month (December) … NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 15) … also led the NFL with 6.8 touchdown percentage and an 0.8 interception percentage, while his 4 interceptions tied for the fewest among starting quarterbacks
Week 18: L, 30-37, at Detroit – 14-of-18, 138 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 135.6 rating; 1 rush, 7 yards … did not play in the second half
 
Richard Rodgers II, TE, Philadelphia
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sun., Jan. 16, 1 pm ET/10 am PT) – #7 Philadelphia (9-8) at #2 Tampa Bay (12-5) … member of a playoff team for the sixth time (Green Bay 2014-16, Philadelphia 2018-19, '21) … 10 games played, 2 starts; 13 receptions, 138 yards, 2 touchdowns
2021 Regular Season: 9-7 (#7 NFC, #2 NFC East) … 3 games played, 0 starts; 2 receptions, 11 yards; 2 tackles
Week 18: L, 26-51, vs. Dallas – 2 receptions, 11 yards; 2 tackles … activated for the regular-season finale after having not previously played since Week 8
 
Injured Reserve (2)
Tyson Alualu, DL, Pittsburgh
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sun., Jan. 16, 8:15 pm ET/5:15 pm PT) – #7 Philadelphia (9-8) at #2 Kansas City (12-5) … member of a playoff team for the third time (Pittsburgh 2017, '21)
2021 Regular Season: 9-7-1 (#7 AFC, #2 AFC North) – 2 games played, 2 starts; 5 tackles, 1 quarterback hit … suffered an ankle fracture in Week 2 that caused him to be placed on the Injured Reserve List
Week 18: W, 16-13 (OT), at Baltimore – Did not play, Injured Reserve List … clinched a playoff spot in Week 18 with the victory plus losses by Indianapolis at Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas
 
Patrick Laird, RB, Miami
2021 Regular Season: 9-8 (#9 AFC, #3 AFC East) – 6 games played, 0 starts; 1 rush, 4 yards; 3 receptions, 17 yards … suffered a knee injury in Week 13 that caused him to be placed on the Reserve/Injured List
Week 18: W, 33-24, vs. New England – Did not play, Injured Reserve List
 
Practice Squad (4)
Ian Bunting, TE, Dallas
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sat., Jan. 15, 3:30 pm CT/1:30 pm PT) – #3 Dallas (12-5) vs. #6 San Francisco (10-7) … has never played in the postseason
2021 Regular Season: 12-5 (#3 NFC Playoff Seed, NFC East Champion) … 1 game played, 0 starts; played 15 snaps (3 offensive, 12 special teams) in a 27-20 Week 14 win at Washington
Week 18: W, 51-26, at Philadelphia – Did not play, practice squad
 
Chad Hansen, WR, Atlanta
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#12 NFC, #3 NFC South) … Did not play, practice squad
Week 18: L, 20-30, vs. New Orleans – Did not play, practice squad
 
Jordan Veasy, WR, Houston
2021 Regular Season: 4-13 (#15 AFC, #3 AFC South) … 2 games played, 0 starts; 1 fumble recovery … played in his first two career NFL regular-season games, making his NFL debut in a 30-16 Week 15 win at Jacksonville and recovering a fumble in a 23-7 Week 17 loss at San Francisco
Week 18: L, 25-28, vs. Tennessee – Did not play, practice squad
 
Davis Webb, QB, Buffalo
Postseason (Wild Card Round – Sat., Jan. 15, 8:15 pm ET/5:15 pm PT) – #3 Buffalo (11-6) vs. #6 New England (10-7) … has never played in the postseason
2021 Regular Season: 11-6 (#3 AFC, AFC East Champion) … 1 game played, 0 starts; 2 rushes, -3 yards … made his NFL debut in a 45-17 Week 10 win at the New York Jets
Week 18: W, 27-10, vs. New York Jets – Did not play, practice squad … clinched AFC East crown
 
Coaches (4)
Austin Clark, Defensive Line Coach, Miami
2021 Regular Season: 9-8 (#9 AFC, #3 AFC East)
Week 18: W, 33-24, vs. New England
 
Ron Rivera, Head Coach, Washington
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#10 NFC, #3 NFC East)
Week 18: W, 22-7, at New York Giants
 
Vincent Rivera, Defensive Quality Control Assistant, Washington
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#10 NFC, #3 NFC East)
Week 18: W, 22-7, at New York Giants
 
Richard Rodgers, Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Washington
2021 Regular Season: 7-10 (#10 NFC, #3 NFC East)
Week 18: W, 22-7, at New York Giants