Eight former Maryland football players finished the NFL regular season with a chance to play for the Super Bowl.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs and running back Ty Johnson, both on the Buffalo Bills, helped clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC after beating the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale.
Diggs had struggled in the home stretch of the season, but had 87 yards on seven receptions against the Dolphins. He finished the regular season ranking seventh in the league in receptions, also totaling over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns.
Johnson had on-and-off usage throughout the year, with 30 total carries for 130 rushing yards and seven receptions for 62 yards. Johnson was elevated from the practice squad in late October and has stayed on the active roster since.
The Bills will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 14, who have two Terps in their organization: rookie offensive lineman Spencer Anderson and running back Anthony McFarland Jr., who is on the practice squad.
Anderson saw only 27 snaps this season and had limited reps but has stayed on the active roster all season. McFarland Jr. started on the active roster but later moved from injured reserve to the practice squad.
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Michael Dunn has been a crucial backup for a team riddled with injuries. He filled in for Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio when went down, seeing 287 total snaps this season — a career high. The Browns will face the Houston Texans on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Running back Jake Funk is currently on the practice squad for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens. Funk started the year on the Indianapolis Colts’ active roster but bounced from the Dolphins practice squad to Baltimore later in the year.
In the NFC, Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Rakim Jarrett both secured playoff berths.
Savage had several injuries this season but has been serviceable in the weeks he’s been healthy, recording over 50 tackles. Savage had the second-most run stops of his career this season, according to PFF, to go along with the second-best defensive rating of his career. The Packers play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Jarrett has not played in weeks, recovering from a quad injury in late November. He accounted for only four receptions for 60 yards but saw snaps in 10 out of the 12 games when he was healthy. The Buccaneers play the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Jan. 15.
- Tennessee Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo had two receptions for 36 yards in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Chicago Bears wide receiver D.J. Moore had four receptions for 64 yards in a loss to the Packers.
- New York Giants cornerback Deonte Banks had six tackles in a win over the Eagles.
- Colts safety Nick Cross had three tackles against the Texans.
- New England Patriots kicker Chad Ryland converted on his only field goal attempt in a loss to the New York Jets.
- Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Jakorian Bennett saw three snaps on Sunday.
- Titans offensive lineman Jaelyn Duncan was inactive in the regular-season finale.
- Arizona Cardinals linebacker Josh Woods, Jets defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and Bears edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue all ended their seasons on injured reserve.
- Tyler Mabry (Seahawks), Byron Cowart (Dolphins), Durell Nchami (Broncos) ended their seasons on practice squads.