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Bears in the Pros: Wildcard Weekend

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How did the Bears in the pros fare in the first round of playoff matchups?

Dallas Cowboys v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

All four of the matchups from Wildcard weekend featured at least one former Golden Bear on an active roster, with Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans Saints getting the better of Ron Rivera, Richard Rodgers Sr., and the Carolina Panthers 31-26. Daniel Lasco is also a member of the Saints, but is currently on injured reserve.

Cam Jordan made three tackles, two pass deflections, one sack, and two quarterback pressures. Arguably his biggest contribution, though, doesn’t show up in the box score. Jordan was largely responsible for the intentional grounding (I don’t think it was grounding, but I digress) which effectively ended Carolina’s chance at a game-winning score.

In the other NFC Wildcard game, Alex Mack and the Atlanta Falcons handed Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams a 26-13 loss to spoil their return to the playoffs. Early in the second quarter — while holding a 6-0 lead — Mack literally carries Devonta Freeman into the endzone after he was stonewalled by the Rams defense.

Goff and the Rams couldn’t overcome special teams mistakes and a slow start, but he did throw a touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp late in the first half to cut the deficit to six points.

Goff’s full statistics included completing 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and the touchdown pass shown above.

Moving on to the AFC Wildcard round, Brian Schwenke, Khalfani Muhammad (though Muhammad did not play), and the rest of the Tennessee Titans were able to further Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff misery in a stunning 22-21 upset victory.

Lorenzo Alexander’s standout performance wasn’t enough to secure a victory for the Buffalo Bills as they lost 10-3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alexander led the Bills with 10 tackles to go along with one sack.

The AFC playoff games will see Tyson Alualu and the Pittsburgh Steelers welcome the Jaguars back to the Steel City as they seek revenge for the drubbing they suffered in week five, while Schwenke and the Titans will look to upset the New England Patriots. Over in the NFC, Mack and the Falcons will travel to the City of Brotherly Love for a showdown with Mychal Kendricks and the Philadelphia Eagles, while Jordan and the Saints will march north to take on the Minnesota Vikings.

Best of luck to all of the former Bears in the next round of the playoffs!