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Former Pitt Panthers Heading to the NFL Playoffs



Former Pitt WR Tyler Boyd (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

The most exciting game of the final week of the NFL regular season resulted in a few former Pitt Panthers heading to the 2018 NFL Playoffs.

In Baltimore, a 49-yard touchdown pass on 4th down from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd, eliminated the Ravens and put the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Boyd didn’t get the results he wanted this season but did turn in his best performance of the season today with 5 catches for 91 yards.

The clutch performance today by Boyd allowed a few other former Pitt Panthers to qualify for the playoffs.

Three former Panthers are on the Bills active roster: running back LeSean McCoy, quarterback Nathan Peterman and cornerback Lafayette Pitts.

The Bills matchup against Jacksonville will be McCoy’s fourth career playoff game. While with the Eagles, “Shady” made the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

These three aren’t the only Panthers you’ll be able to watch in the playoffs.

Dion Lewis and the New England Patriots are the top seed in the AFC and favorites to repeat. Lewis is entering the playoffs as one of the most productive backs in the league. Today against the Jets, Lewis rushed for 93 yards on 26 carries and also caught 6 passes for 40 yards while scoring 2 touchdowns.

Today: 26 carries, 93 yards, 2 TD
Buffalo: 24 carries, 129 yards, 1 TD
Steelers: 13 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD
Miami: 5 carries, 17 yards
Buffalo: 15 carries, 92 yards
Miami:  15 carries, 112 yards

Also on the Patriots roster is former Pitt linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, who’ll be playing in his first NFL playoff game.

Two other former greats that will be looking to get to the Super Bowl are Kansas City cornerback Darrelle Revis and likely 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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