(Wyoming University of Athletics)

NOTE: Only players currently on an active NFL roster and who played in the NFL playoffs in the past week are listed.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (UW)

In an all-time AFC Divisional Round classic on Sunday against the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Allen threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns as he led Buffalo not to one, but of them 75 yards, touchdowns in the last two minutes. His 19-yard passing score to widened Gabriel Davis – who he threw all four touchdowns to on Sunday – to make it 36-33 with 13 seconds left silenced the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium and had Buffalo licking with the AFC Championship in sight.

The greatness on display could only be matched by one of the game’s modern superstars, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who responded to the Bills’ final drive by running Kansas City 44 yards down the field in the short span of time. time remaining to set up kicker Harrison Butker for a game-tying 49-yard field goal. Once he hit that to send it to overtime, the Chiefs got the ball first as Mahomes tossed game-winning eight plays later at All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce – knocking out Allen and Buffalo after the one of the greatest quarterback performances in a loss in NFL playoff history.

Including the playoffs (and with an 18-game regular season in 2021-22 for the first time), Allen threw for a career-high 5,044 yards and 45 touchdowns as well as 897 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He and Mahomes make up two of the league’s elite young quarterback talents, with Sunday’s game likely an indicator of what’s to come in a budding rivalry between the two gunslingers.

Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (UW/Natrona County HS)

Wilson continued his strong playoff run with eight tackles against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday (totaling 20 for the playoffs), but it was a late play by the former Cowboy and Mustang that left him. has gone down in history as one of the most notable NFLs. ever play from a former Pokes player.

As Tennessee drove down the field with 20 seconds left and the game tied at 16, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a pass intended for wideout Nick Westbrook-Ikhine that was tipped by the Texas secondary. Bengals – then landed in the hands of Wilson for an interception. He put Cincinnati on his own 47-yard line with seconds to go, including four plays later Bengals kicker Evan McPherson threw a 52-yard field goal to give Cincinnati its first road playoff win. of the team’s history.

Wilson narrowly missed facing former UW teammate Josh Allen in the AFC Championship at 1 p.m. Sunday, and instead gets another shot at Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for a chance at of the Bengals’ first Super Bowl appearance since the 1988-89 season. Cincinnati beat Kansas City at home, 34-31, on January 2, but will now have to do the feat again in a rowdy Arrowhead Stadium with much more at stake.

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James Johnson, F, Brooklyn Nets (Cheyenne East HS)

The former T-Bird was active but did not play in the Nets’ narrow win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. However, he returned for significant periods off the bench for Brooklyn in his next two games against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

Johnson’s most productive of those two games was against the Timberwolves, in which he played nearly 20 minutes and posted a line of seven points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss to Minnesota, although he also fouled a game for the former. times this season. In 31 games this season, Johnson is averaging 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as he nears 35 next month, being a key veteran on the team currently third in the playoff standings. the Eastern Conference and a half game behind the conference. -leader Miami Heat.

Larry Nance, Jr., F, Portland Trail Blazers (UW)

Nance has been inactive since January 7 while dealing with knee inflammation. Prior to his injury, the former Cowboy averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his first season with his fourth NBA team.