Trio Of Pro Bears On Teams In NFL Playoffs Divisional Round
Cal has a trio of former players who finished their collegiate careers with the Golden Bears – Alex Mack (San Francisco), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Davis Webb (Buffalo) – affiliated with teams that have reached the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs next Saturday and Sunday. Mack and Rodgers were both members of one of the best Cal teams ever in 2004 when the Bears were 10-2 overall and finished No. 9 in the AP Top 25, while Webb played one season at Cal as a graduate transfer in 2016.
Mack and Rodgers will square off against each other in the NFL Divisional Round when Mack's No. 6 seed San Francisco visits Rodgers and No. 1 NFC seed Green Bay on Saturday (7:15 pm CT/5:15 pm PT, FOX, FOX Deportes). The Packers have won the last two games between the teams, once each during the 2020 and 2021 regular seasons, while the 49ers knocked off the Packers when they hosted Green Bay in the 2020 NFC Championship Game.
San Francisco advanced to the Divisional Round of this season's playoffs with a 23-17 victory Sunday at #3 NFC seed Dallas in the Wild Card Round. Mack started the game at center. Rodgers and the Packers had a Wild Card Round bye after posting a 13-4 regular-season record.
Webb is a practice squad member of a Buffalo team seeded third in the AFC Playoffs that advanced to the Divisional Round with a 47-17 home victory Saturday over No. 6 AFC seed New England. The Bills will visit No. 2 seed Kansas City in the Divisional Round on Sunday (5:30 pm CT/3:30 pm PT).
The 2021 season came to an end for five former Cal players on teams that lost during the Wild Card Round in Pittsburgh injured reserve defensive iineman Tyson Alualu, Dallas punter Bryan Anger and practice squad tight end Ian Bunting, Las Vegas wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Philadelphia tight end Richard Rodgers II.
Anger punted five times for 268 yards to average 53.6 yards per punt and also had a 51.4 yards per punt net average while trapping the 49ers inside their 20-yard line on three occasions. He also threw a 16-yard completion while converting a fake punt attempt that eventually led to a Dallas field goal.
Jackson had one reception for 26 yards in AFC No. 5 seed Las Vegas' 26-19 loss at No. 4 AFC seed Cincinnati.
Rodgers II played but did not record any statistics other than participation in NFC No. 7 seed Philadelphia's 31-15 loss at No. 2 NFC seed and defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
Alualu and Bunting were not on the active rosters for Pittsburgh or Dallas in their losses at Kansas City and against San Francisco.
The Divisional Round ends Monday when the No. 4 Los Angeles Rams host No. 5 NFC seed Arizona (5:15 pm PT, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes).