Former Stanford tight ends shine with TD catches in NFL

Tight ends Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) and Jim Dray (Arizona Cardinals) combined to score three touchdowns during Philadelphia's 24-21 win over Arizona to highlight former Stanford players in the NFL during Week 13.

Ertz scored on six- and 24-yard strikes to help Philadelphia open a 24-7 lead, before Dray scored the final touchdown of the day on a three-yard catch to cut the Eagles' lead to 24-21 with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. Ertz finished with five catches for 68 yards, while Dray had three for 26.

Doug Baldwin also had a big day in the spotlight of Monday Night Football with four catches for 77 yards. He made a 52-yard grab and had a four-yard touchdown reception to lead Seattle's 34-7 rout of New Orleans. Baldwin's former and current teammate Richard Sherman, who was leading all cornerbacks in Pro Bowl voting on Nov. 20, had three tackles and defended two passes as Seattle maintained its NFL-best record.

In other games featuring former Stanford players:

Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts completed 17 of 32 passes for 200 yards and ran five times for 42 yards in a 22-14 win over Tennessee.

Colts' tight end Coby Fleener caught three passes from Luck for 50 yards.

Will Svitek started at right tackle in New England's 34-31 win at Houston.

David DeCastro started at right guard in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss at Baltimore.

Levine Toilolo caught one pass for 12 yards in Atlanta's 34-31 overtime win against Buffalo.

Toby Gerhart rushed twice for eight yards and caught one pass for four yards in Minnesota's 23-20 overtime win against Chicago.

Stepfan Taylor rushed three times for 15 yards and made two catches for 45 yards in Arizona's 24-21 loss at Philadelphia.

Chris Owusu caught one pass for 20 yards in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss at Carolina.

Erik Lorig, a fullback, caught one pass for a minus-1 yard in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss at Carolina.

Thomas Keiser, a linebacker, assisted on a tackle in San Diego's 17-10 loss to Cincinnati.

Jeremy Stewart, a running back, played in Oakland's 31-24 loss at Dallas.

Alex Smith, a tight end, played in Cincinnati's 17-10 win at San Diego.

Johnson Bademosi, a defensive back, played in Cleveland's 32-28 loss against Jacksonville.

Sione Fua, a defensive tackle, was active for Denver's 35-28 win at Kansas City.

— Stanford Athletics


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