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Cal football has eight make the NFL playoffs


NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Eight California Golden Bears are in the NFL Playoffs

  • Green Bay Packers: WR Trevor Davis, QB Aaron Rodgers and TE Richard Rodgers
  • Houston Texans: WR Stephen Anderson
  • Detroit Lions: WR Marvin Jones,
  • Dallas Cowboys: Longsnapper LP Ladouceur
  • Atlanta Falcons: Center Alex Mack
  • Kansas City Chiefs: OL Mitchell Schwartz
  • Shane Vereen is a member of the New York Giants but on injured reserve.

Anderson, Mack, Schwartz are all making their NFL playoff debuts.

Five former Golden Bears – Anderson, Davis, Jones, Aaron Rodgers and Richard Rodgers – are on rosters of teams that will play in the opening round of the playoffs that begin with the Wild Card Round next Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8.

Ladouceur (NFC East), Mack (NFC South) and Schwartz (AFC West) are on teams that have also won regular-season NFL division titles and earned byes before opening the playoffs January 14-15 with home games in the Divisional Round.

Rodgers completed 27-of-39 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns while also rushing for 42 yards in Green Bay's victory at Detroit. Rodgers led the NFL in touchdown passes for the first time in his career with 40 while finishing the season 401-of-610 passing for 4,428 yards.

Richard Rodgers caught one pass for 14 yards and also recovered a Detroit onside kick on the game's second to last play to preserve the victory, while Davis played off the bench in the Packers' win but did not record any stats.

Marvin Jones had five catches for 76 yards in the loss for Detroit and finished his campaign with a career-high 854 receiving yards on 50 catches with four touchdown receptions.

Desean Jackson caught two passes for 34 yards in the Washington loss. He finished his campaign with 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdown catches. It’s the third time in four years he’s reached 1000 receiving yards.

Justin Forsett rushed 22 times for 90 yards including a 64-yarder that was his longest run since 2012.

Lorenzo Alexander had a sack in Buffalo's season-ending loss and finished his campaign with career highs in nearly every category including tackles (76), sacks (12.5), passes defended (6) and forced fumbles (3).

A total of 34 former Cal players finished the 2016 regular season associated with NFL teams with 29 on active NFL rosters including the five on injured reserve, the Carolina coaching staff duo of Rivera and the three on practice squads.