Four players and four staff participating in the first round of the NFL playoffs
01/14/2022 1:37:00 PM
No. 5 Las Vegas at No. 4 Cincinnati – 4:35 p.m. ET – NBC
Raiders’ LB Divine Deablo will make his NFL playoff debut in the 2021 season opener. The rookie had a strong first season after appearing in all 17 games and starting some five. CB Brandon Facyson will play in his third career NFL playoff game after appearing in two postseason games with the LA Chargers during the 2018 season. Las Vegas and Cincinnati both finished the season with records of 10-7.
No. 6 New England at No. 3 Buffalo – 8:15 p.m. ET – CBS
LB Tremaine Edmunds and the Bills won their second straight AFC East title and will welcome a familiar foe to New England. Edmunds has played in and started four playoff games in his career, including three a season ago in Buffalo’s run to the AFC Championship Game. The Danville, Va. native is averaging 9.3 tackles per game during his playoff career. Buffalo and New England shared their regular season meetings this year.
Sunday January 16
No. 7 Philadelphia at No. 2 Tampa Bay – 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers officially begin their Super Bowl LV championship defense as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. Arians, along with defensive/special teams assistant Cody Grimm and safety coach Nick Rapone, led the team to its first NFC South division title since 2007 and will host the NFC’s third Wild Card team in Philadelphia. . The teams played in Week 6 this season with the Bucs winning a 28-22 game at Philadelphia.
No. 6 San Francisco at No. 3 Dallas – 4:30 p.m. ET – CBS
Tech alum Darryl Tapp, now San Francisco’s assistant defensive line coach, will make his coaching debut in the NFL playoffs when the 49ers travel to face the Cowboys. With Tapp’s help, the 49ers finished the regular season with the rushing defense ranked seventh based on rushing yards allowed (1,760). San Francisco enters the playoffs after posting a 10-7 regular season record.
No. 7 Pittsburgh at No. 2 Kansas City – 8:15 p.m. ET – NBC
S Terrell Edmunds will play for the second time in the NFL playoffs when the Steelers travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Edmunds made his playoff debut a season ago against Cleveland and had six tackles including one for loss in the game. Edmunds recorded five tackles when the teams played at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 16.
T Yosh Nijman and the Green Bay Packers will take the Super Wild Card weekend off as they earned the NFC’s No. 1 seed and the conference’s only bye. Nijman played reserve in both of the Packers’ playoff games a season ago. Green Bay will play the lowest remaining seed in the NFC Divisional Round next week.
In the AFC, the No. 1 seed and first-round bye belong to the Tennessee Titans, whose secondary coach is former Tech Anthony Midget. With help from Midget, the Titans went 12-5 this season, won the AFC South and claimed the No. 1 seed in the conference for the first time since 2008. Tennessee will be waiting for the lead. lowest seed in the conference in the AFC Divisional Round.
Hokies on NFL rosters (as of January 14, 2022)
|76||T Duane Brown||Seattle|
|36||S Chuck Clark||Baltimore|
|5||LB Divine Deablo||Vegas|
|34||S Terrell Edmunds||Pittsburgh|
|49||LB Tremaine Edmunds||Buffalo|
|33||RB Trey Edmunds (PS)||Pittsburgh|
|35||CB Brandon Facyson||Vegas|
|3||CB Caleb Farley (IR)||Tennessee|
|87||WR Isaiah Ford||Miami|
|23||CB Kyle Fuller||denver|
|29||CB Kendall Fuller||Washington|
|24||RB Khalil Herbert||Chicago|
|62||DT Jarrod Hewitt||Seattle|
|16||K Brian Johnson||Washington|
|44||TE Dalton Keene (IR)||New England|
|73||T Yosh Nijman||Green Bay|
|97||DT Tim Settle||Washington|
|3||K Joey Slye||Washington|
|5||QB Tyrod Taylor||Houston|
|77||G Wyatt Teller||Cleveland|
|82||TE Logan Thomas (IR)||Washington|
|19||QB Ryan Willis (PS)||Chicago|
Hokies on NFL staff
Bruce Arians – Head Coach, Tampa Bay
Malcolm Blacken – Senior Director of Player Development, Washington
Corey Fuller – Scout Assistant, Carolina
Cody Grimm – Defensive/Special Teams Assistant, Tampa Bay
Leah Joseph – Assistant to the General Manager, Jacksonville
Jeff King – Director of Professional Scouting, Chicago
Anthony Midget – High School, Tennessee
Nick Rapone – Security, Tampa Bay
Johnny Shelton – Team Chaplain, Baltimore
Nick Sorenson – Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
Darryl Tapp – Defensive Line Assistant, San Francisco
Todd Washington – Offensive Line Assistant, Jacksonville