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Terps in the NFL: Savage Jr.’s big day helps Packers to first-round upset

Here’s how former Maryland football players performed in the NFL this past week.

NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Since the NFL expanded the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams in 2020, No. 7 seeds were winless in the wild-card round. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers flipped the script.

A key play that virtually sealed the Packers’ 48-32 win over the No. 2-seed Dallas Cowboys was an interception returned for a touchdown by safety Darnell Savage Jr., which brought the score to 27-0 with two minutes left in the first half.

It was his first pick of the season and the first touchdown of his career.

Savage had four total tackles and had the highest defensive grade on the team, per Pro Football Focus.

On the other side of a lopsided playoff loss was Cleveland Browns guard Michael Dunn, who played 20 snaps in the Browns’ 45-14 defeat at the Houston Texans. Dunn was a serviceable backup throughout the year for Cleveland behind six-time Pro Bowler, Joel Bitonio.

Three former Terps matched up in the Buffalo Bills’ 31-17 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The headliner was Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who had seven receptions for 52 yards. Running back Ty Johnson added eight rushes for 26 yards, and sealed the win for Buffalo with a pair of first downs late.

Steelers guard Spencer Anderson played two snaps in the loss.

Other players

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Rakim Jarrett was inactive on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jarrett has not played a snap since Week 11.
  • Jake Funk was released from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, making it the third team he has been waived or released from this season.
  • Wide receiver Jacob Copeland signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, allowing him to participate In training camp on the 90-man roster in the offseason.
  • Defensive end Sam Okuayinonu signed with the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad.