Former Stanford players still busy in the NFL playoffs


Six former Stanford players remain on active rosters of NFL playoff teams after the first weekend of postseason play. Three of the four Divisional Round games this weekend will have at least one Cardinal on the field.

Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener's Indianapolis Colts rolled past Cincinnati on Sunday, ending Ryan Hewitt's rookie season, to advance to the Divisional Round.

Indianapolis earned a trip to Denver after a 26-10 win over the Bengals that included 376 passing yards from Luck. The Colts single-season recordholder for passing yards eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third straight time in the playoffs, tying for the second-best streak in history.

Luck was 31 of 44 with one touchdown and no interceptions as the Colts' offense put together six scoring drives Sunday. Luck was sacked just once in 47 drop backs and helped the offense pile up 482 total yards of offense.

Said Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano on the play of Andrew Luck: "It was one of the best games that he's ever played, I think."

Hewitt had his third three-catch game in the past four outings and set a career high with 37 yards.

In other wild-card round action involving Stanford players, Stepfan Taylor and Josh Mauro's Cardinals lost 27-16 at Carolina and David DeCastro's Steelers fell 30-17 to Baltimore.

Taylor started at running back and had three carries for three yards, Mauro picked up one tackle and DeCastro was in his usual spot starting at right guard.

A total of 10 former Stanford players were represented on seven active rosters of the 12 teams at the start of the NFL playoffs.

This weekend, Cameron Fleming and his New England Patriots will take on the Baltimore Ravens and the duo of Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin will be out to help Seattle take on the Carolina Panthers.

Luck and Fleener, meanwhile, will face former Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart of the Denver Broncos in a playoff game Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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