Monday, January 15, 2007

Notre Dame Alumni in the NFL Playoffs
Divisional Weekend

Jordan Black, T - Kansas City: Overall: Black started at left tackle for a team that was able to amass only 126 total yards (44 rushing) in a 23-8 loss to Indianapolis Wild Card weekend. Trent Green was sacked four times.

John Carney, K - New Orleans: This Week: Carney had 9 points (2 field goals, 3 extra points) in New Orleans' 27-24 win over Philadelphia.

Rocky Boiman, LB - Indianapolis: This Week: Boiman played against the Ravens, but couldn't get his name on the scoresheet. Overall: 0 tackles, 1 reception, -16 receiving yards.

Jerome Collins, TE - Indianapolis: On the injured reserve since 12/21 with an Achilles' tendon injury.

Jeff Faine, C - New Orleans: This week: Deuce McAllister rushed for 143 of New Orleans' 435 total yards in the win. Drew Brees was sacked 3 times.

Anthony Fasano, TE - Dallas: Overall: Fasano was held without a catch in Dallas' loss to the Seahawks.

Ryan Grant, RB - New York Giants: Ryan Grant has spent this season on New York's Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. He has a wrist.

Julius Jones, RB - Dallas: Overall: Julius did his part for the Cowboys. Jones had 112 yards on 22 carries, including a 35-yard run that helped put Dallas in field goal range for what would have been the winning score.

Mark LeVoir, T - Chicago: LeVoir is a member of Chicago's practice squad.

Corey Mays, LB - New England: This Week: Mays recorded a special teams tackle in the win over San Diego. Overall: 1 tackle. (Did you know:'s GameCenter Game Stats do not list special teams tackles. You have to click on the "Game Book" link for the full box score, including participation reports.)

John Owens, TE - New Orleans: This week: Midway through the third quarter, the Saints scored a touchdown to go up 27-21, a lead they never relinquished. Owens aided on the drive with a key 21-yard reception.

Luke Petitgout, LT - New York Giants: Luke was placed on the Injured Reserve after suffering a broken wrist.

Gerome Sapp, S - Baltimore: This Week: Sapp recorded one special teams tackle in the loss to the Colts.

Hunter Smith, P - Indianapolis: This Week: 4 punts, long of 51, average of 45.0. Overall: 6 punts, long of 51, average of 42.7. 1 for 1 passing for -16 yards.

Justin Tuck, DE - New York Giants: Tuck joins his fellow Irish Alumni on the Giants Injured Reserve. He recently had surgery for a Lisfranc injury on his foot. (Our Chief Medical Expert quit, so you'll have to Google "Lisfranc" yourself.)

John DeFilippo, Offensive Quality Control - New York Giants (ND Graduate Assistant 2001-02): Overall: The Giants scored 20 point but only put up 305 total yards in their loss to the Eagles.

Jim Johnson, Defensive Coordinator - Philadelphia (ND Defensive Backs Coach 1977-83, Defensive Coordinator 1981-83, Assistant Head Coach 1983): This Week: The Eagles defense gave up 435 yards and 27 points in a loss to the Saints. The defense did sack Drew Brees three times and recover a Reggie Bush fumble. Overall: 47 points and 740 yards of offense over the course of two games.

Dean Pees, Defensive Coordinator - New England (ND Secondary Coach 1994): This Week: The best offense in the league was "held" to 352 total yards and 21 points. The key was turnovers - the Chargers lost three fumbles, and Phillip Rivers was intercepted once. Overall: 37 points and 699 yards over two games.

Bill Sheridan, Linebackers Coach - New York Giants (ND Safties/Special Teams Coach 2001): Overall: Giants linebackers (including Chris Blackburn, who may or may not suck depending on the Goon Squad you're talking to) combined for 14 tackles and one of New York's two sacks.

Steven Wilks, Defensive Backs Coach - Chicago (ND Secondary Coach 2004): Matt Hasselbeck threw for 195 yards and a touchdown. The Bears secondary combined for 22 tackles, and Ricky Manning, Jr. added an interception.

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Trent Walters, Secondary Coach - Philadelphia (ND Secondary Coach 2002-03): This Week: Drew Brees threw for 243 yards and a touchdown. The DBs recorded 23 tackles in the game. Overall: The Eagles secondary recorded 37 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble while giving up 404 passing yards over two games.