Three NFL Divisional Round Thrillers Featured Former Buffs
BOULDER--The Divisional Round of the playoffs was a weekend of football for the ages. Each game was decided by a score on the final play in regulation or overtime. Three of the four matchups featured former Colorado Buffaloes players and/or coaches.
The excitement of the divisional round began with the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a clash with the top-seeded Tennessee Titans. Former Buffs cornerback Chidobe Awuzie played in 98% of the defensive snaps and recorded five total tackles as part of a Bengals secondary that intercepted Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times, en-route to a 19-16 victory. Defensive lineman Josh Tupou also saw action as a part of this Bengals defense, as he returned from an injury that had kept him out of last week's game. He appeared in five defensive snaps. On the Titans side, Daniel Munyer was with the team's practice squad.
On Saturday night, the second of four thrillers took place at Lambeau Field as the San Francisco 49ers shocked the top-seeded Green Bay Packers with a 13-10 victory. Packers place kicker Mason Crosby made a 33-yard field goal and an extra point. Wide receiver Juwann Winfree played in 11 special teams plays. Offensive lineman David Bakhtiari battled an injury all season and did not play on Saturday. Kabion Ento was on the team's practice squad. On the 49ers sideline, former Buff Jon Embree served as the tight ends coach. Star tight end George Kittle led the team with four receptions for 63 yards on the night.
The divisional round wrapped up on Sunday night with yet another game that came down to the wire. With just 13 seconds left on the clock, the Chiefs offense managed to march down the field and kick a game-tying field goal which sent the game into overtime. In overtime, they won it on a first possession touchdown by a final 42-36, in what was an offensive shootout. The Chiefs offense was led by Buffs legend Eric Bieniemy, who is in his fourth season as the team's offensive coordinator and continues to be talked about as a possible head coaching candidate for next season.