Former Gators in NFL Playoffs: Divisional (2013)

By Adam Silverstein
January 12, 2014

The 2013-14 NFL Playoffs continued this week with eight former Florida Gators spread out over five of the eight teams that participated in NFL Divisional round action.

Five former Gators were listed as active. Each of the four teams that advanced has at least one former Florida player on its roster.

Therefore, a former Gators player will be on the roster of a Super Bowl winner for the fifth time in the last six seasons. It will be the 12th consecutive season that a former Florida player will be on the roster of a Super Bowl team and the ninth time in the last 15 seasons that a former Gators player will be on the rosters of both Super Bowl teams.

Below are game statistics for all five active Florida players that participated in the second round of the playoffs. Check out how they performed…after the break!

Players with their name in orange advanced in the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs.
* Rookie

WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Reception for 15 yards (targets: 2)
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Denver Broncos Two tackles (one solo for loss), sack, QB hit
» Denver, the AFC’s No. 1 overall seed, defeated San Diego 24-17 on Sunday. The Broncos will take on the Patriots next Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the AFC Championship.
OT XAVIER NIXON, Indianapolis Colts*: Played as a reserve
» Indianapolis fell to New England 43-22 on Saturday.
DT RAY McDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started | three tackles (one solo)
» San Francisco defeated Carolina 23-10 on Sunday. The 49ers will take on the Seahawks next Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the NFC Championship.
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Three receptions for 21 yards (targets: 4, long: 16); carry for nine yards
» Seattle, the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed, defeated New Orleans 23-15 on Saturday. The Seahawks will take on the 49ers next Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the NFC Championship.
» Harvin was injured twice on Saturday, coming back to the field after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit early in the first quarter but leaving for good a couple series later when he hit his head on the ground after jumping for an overthrown ball in the end zone. He was diagnosed with a concussion and will have to be cleared by an independent doctor before suiting up again for Seattle. Saturday was just the second time this season that Harvin took the field due to a nagging hip injury.

LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured season)
RB CHRIS RAINEY, Indianapolis Colts: Injured – ankle (season)
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Injured – knee (season)
» New England, the AFC’s No. 2 overall seed, defeated Indianapolis 43-22 on Saturday. The Patriots will take on the Broncos next Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the AFC Championship.
» Spikes was ruled out for the season on Monday, placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. He had been bothered by the knee all season long, missing starts and playing sparingly in other games because of how much pain it caused (he still saw action in all 16 contests). After the decision, multiple reports came out that Spikes was placed on IR not just because of his injury but also due to the fact that he was late for last Friday’s practice (his car was stuck in the snow). Spikes will be a free agent in 2014 as he was on the final year of his rookie deal and earning just $870,000. New England chose not to re-sign him last season, making his future with the franchise apparent at that time.

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