Monday, January 22, 2007

Notre Dame Alumni in the NFL Playoffs
Conference Championship 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 converted both extra point attempts. Billy Cundiff was called upon for a 57 yard field goal attempt and missed. Carney's career long is 54 yards, and his season long is 51. Cundiff hit a 56-yarder last year for the Cowboys. Overall: 2 field goals, 5 extra points in two games.

Rocky Boiman, LB - Indianapolis: This Week: Boiman recorded three special teams tackles in the win over New England. Overall: 3 tackles, 1 reception, -16 receiving yards in three games.

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

Jeff Faine, C - New Orleans: This week: New Orleans outgained Chicago 375-340, but put up only 56 yards rushing. The Saints also gave up three sacks, including one for a safety that started the Bears rally. Overall: 810 yards, 6 sacks given up in two games.

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 had a special teams tackle that forced a fumble. Unfortunately for the Patriots, a Colts player fell on the fumble. Overall: 2 tackles, 1 forced fumble in 3 games.

John Owens, TE - New Orleans: This week: Owens saw the playing field, but did not record a catch in the loss to the Bears. Overall: 1 catch for 21 yards in 2 games.

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 58, average of 52.8, and several spectacular holds for Adam Vinatieri. Overall: 10 punts, long of 58, average of 46.7 in three games. 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): 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: Indianapolis ran all over their field turf to the tune of 455 yards, 32 first downs, and 38 points. Peyton Manning was sacked three times and intercepted once. 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: 75 points and 1154 yards over three games. (That's right, the Patriots gave up one more point in this game than they did in their first two combined.

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): The Bears did give up 354 passing yards to the prolific Drew Brees, but they also accounted for 19 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Overall: 549 yards passing, 41 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered in two games.

Trent Walters, Secondary Coach - Philadelphia (ND Secondary Coach 2002-03): Overall: The Eagles secondary recorded 37 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble while giving up 404 passing yards over two games.