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Stanford in the NFL: Week 1 of the divisional playoffs

 

Andrew Luck delivered four second-half touchdown passes and scored on a fumble recovery to lead the Indianapolis Colts to the second-biggest comeback win in NFL playoff history on Saturday.

Luck completed seven passes to former Stanford teammates Coby Fleener and Griff Whalen. Fleener was also on the receiving end of a 12-yard touchdown connection as part of the thrilling 45-44 win against visiting Kansas City.

Zach Ertz, one of six ex-Cardinal tight ends in the NFL along with Fleener, also caught a touchdown pass on Saturday. The catch gave Philadelphia a one-point lead with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter, but New Orleans drove down the field for a field goal as time expired to end the season for Ertz and the Eagles.

Active Stanford players went 4-1 in the wild-card round and seven will appear in this weekend's divisional round. Doug Baldwin (Seattle), Richard Sherman (Seattle) and Sione Fua (Denver) had byes this weekend as their respective teams owned No. 1 seeds.

Here's a look at this past weekend for former Stanford players:

Luck completed 29 of 45 passes for 443 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed seven times for 45 yards in Indianapolis' win over the Chiefs.

Fleener caught five passes for 46 yards and one touchdown while Whalen caught two passes for 26 yards for the Colts.

Next up for Luck, Fleener and Whalen will be a date with host New England on Saturday. Playing for the Patriots is former Stanford offensive tackle Will Svitek, who had played in 13 games with two starts.

Ertz caught three passes for 22 yards and one touchdown (three yards) in Philadelphia's 26-24 loss against New Orleans.

Linebacker Thomas Keiser played in San Diego's 27-10 win at Cincinnati. Next for the Chargers is a game Sunday against Fua in Denver.

Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin will host New Orleans on Saturday after having a bye week with the Seahawks.

Colts' safety Delano Howell was listed on the reserve/injured roster along with tight end Alex Smith of the Bengals, fullback Alex Debniak of the 49ers.

Those former Stanford players who had their seasons end the previous week included:

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi of the Cleveland Browns (12 tackles in 16 games); guard David DeCastro of the Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games, 15 starts); tight end Jim Dray of the Arizona Cardinals (16 games, 15 starts, 26 receptions, 215 yards, two touchdowns); running back Toby Gerhart

of the Minnesota Vikings (14 games, 36 carries, 283 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 13 receptions, 88 receiving yards); fullback Erik Lorig of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15 games, nine starts, 11 receptions, 47 yards); offensive tackle Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins (seven games, seven starts); wide receiver Chris Owusu of Tampa Bay (nine games, four starts, 13 receptions, 114 yards); tight end Konrad Reuland of the New York Jets (10 games, one reception, seven yards);

running back Jeremy Stewart of the Oakland Raiders (13 games, two rushes, two rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, two receptions, six receiving yards, one blocked punt touchdown); running back Stepfan Taylor of the Arizona Cardinals (16 games, 36 carries, 115 yards); Safety Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins (three games, three tackles, two passes defended, one interception); tight end Levine Toilolo of the Atlanta Falcons (16 games, three starts, 11 receptions, 55 yards, two touchdowns); and wide receiver Ryan Whalen

of the Cincinnati Bengals, who played in four games.

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