SUPER: Colt Corey Lynch drops Dwayne Bowe on the first play of the Chiefs’ final possession of the game. It prevented a potential game winning TD. Indianapolis came back from a 3rd quarter 28-point deficit to win 45-44.
Finally, some playoffs to enjoy!
The NFL postseason begins this weekend, with two games Saturday and two games Sunday. And all but one features an App State great.
CHIEFS AT COLTS – Saturday at 4:35 p.m.
Mountaineer: Corey Lynch
Depth chart: No. 42 has been on the field primarily with special teams. He’s the primary backup at safety, behind Antoine Betha.
Career: Corey Lynch signed with the Chiefs two days prior to Thanksgiving, and just a few days after he was waived by the Titans. It’s his fifth team in seven seasons. He was drafted by Cinncinati, and has played at Tampa Bay and San Diego.
Stats: In eight games (three with Titans, five with Colts) Lynch has 5 tackles.
Playoffs: Though he’s been in the league seven seasons, this is his first time playing in January. He’s the Colt with the longest career playoff drought.
Favorite reality show: Quack – “Me and my wife always watch “Duck Dynasty.” It just does not get any better than that.”
SAINTS AT EAGLES – Saturday at 8:10 p.m.
Mountaineer: Travaris Cadet
Career: Cadet was signed by the Saints as a rookie free agent last season. He’s appeared in 26 games, 13 each season. He has two receptions this season, including one for 3 yards and a TD against New England in week 6. He also had a 82-yard kickoff return against San Francisco.
Playoffs: Cadet will be making his postseason debut.
In or Out: Last week Cadet was listed as inactive by the Saints for non-injury reasons. No explaination was reported, but it appears he is expected to play today.
49ERS AT PACKERS – Sunday at 4:40 p.m.
Mountaineer: Daniel Kilgore
Stats: Drafted by San Fran in 2011, Kilgore has played in 33 career games. He’s appeared in all 16 this season.
Playoffs: The 49ers had an eight-year playoff drought until signing Kilgore. They’ve advanced to the past two conference championship games. Last season ended with Kilgore the second Mountaineer to ever play in a Super Bowl.
Future: The 6-3, 308-pound Kilgore is expected to take over the starting center position next season.
Brrrr: The forecast for the game is a high of freezing, with a low of 18 below. Which obviously calls for …. 3/4 sleeves! Kilgore is somewhat experienced with those temps. The 2010 App State home playoff game against Western Illinois was played in snow, temps peaking at 33, and gusts around 20 mph.
OTHER NOTES: The Carolina Panthers have signed DJ Smith to its future list. He’ll join the team after the Super Bowl … Mel Kiper named Lions kicker Sam Martin to his all-rookie team … Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he anticipates improvement from rookie cornerback Demetrius McCray … The D1 National Championship game is today at 2. Towson will attempt to prevent North Dakota State from pulling an App State.