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Hokies in the NFL: Wildcard Weekend

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Two former Hokies played a part in continuing their Super Bowl quest, while four see their year come to an end.

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A bit of roster news as apparently the New Orleans Saints added Eddie Whitley to their practice squad. Given the Saints' head-to-head with Eddie's original team in Philadelphia, you wonder if this was a situational addition.

Jarrett Boykin, WR Green Bay Packers -- Boykin and the Packers fell to the 49ers on a last-second field goal. Boykin finished with zero catches and with the return of Randall Cobb, his targets were limited to just one. He did earn a half tackle on kickoff coverage.
TAK

Roc Carmichael, CB Philadelphia Eagles -- Roc had some facetime during the Eagles-Saints tilt, but unfortunately most of it wasn't for good reasons. In one instance, Roc booted a ball into the end zone when he had the chance to down it at the half-yard line and the second was when he filled in for an injured Eagle and Drew Brees threw right at him. Carmichael was credited with the tackle on the play and that was really the only stat for him on the day. He downed a punt or two from what I can remember.
1 TAK, 1 SOLO

Kam Chancellor, S Seattle Seahawks -- Kam's Seahawks earned a first-round bye.

Brandon Flowers, CB Kansas City Chiefs -- Flowers was knocked out of the Chiefs' loss to the Colts with a suspected concussion. The Chiefs were leading big, but injuries plagued them all game long and you can't help but think the loss of their top corner opened the game up for Andrew Luck. Flowers also intercepted a pass and returned it 17 yards in the first half. In all, Flowers finished with three total tackles, two solo, two passes defended and an interception.
3 TAK, 2 SOLO, INT, 2 PD

Shayne Graham, K New Orleans Saints -- Graham had the biggest contribution to his team's play as he nailed the game-winning field goal from 32 yards out as time expired to lift the Saints to a 26-24 win over the Eagles. On the day, Graham was 4/4 with field goals of 36, 46, 35 and 32 yards and made both extra-point attempts to bring his point total to 14 on the day. Not shabby for a guy that just started a few weeks ago after not kicking the majority of the season. No poll necessary.
4/4 FG (32, 35, 36, 46), 2/2 XP

Eddie Royal, WR San Diego Chargers -- Eddie had just one catch on the day, but it was a 33-yarder that put the Chargers at the Cincinnati 4-yard line and set up a score that gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead. After that TD, the Chargers never trailed and advanced to play the Broncos next week. Eddie also had one rush for nine yards on a reverse.
REC, 33 YDS; RUSH 9 YDS

Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles -- No stats for Mr. Vick.

Practice Squad:
Vinston Painter (OT, Denver Broncos), Bruce Taylor (LB, Cincinnati Bengals), Eddie Whitley (S, New Orleans Saints)