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ACC In The NFL Playoffs, Jan. 2

Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:55am
By: Brian Geisinger

This weekend marks the start of the NFL Playoffs, as games get going on Saturday afternoon. I've compiled a list of all the ACC players who play for these 12 playoff squads. Also, at the bottom, I've counted up the total number of former ACC athletes to crack a postseason roster - active, injured/reserve, and practice squad. Underneath that I have a team-by-team breakdown, which displays how many players from each individual schools are on a roster.

Note: Teams are listed in descending order, based off of their playoff seedings.

NFC

1. Seattle Seahawks (7)
SS-Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech)
PK-Steven Hauschka (NC State)
CB-Byron Maxwell (Clemson)
OG-J.R. Sweezy (NC State)
WR-Golden Tate (Notre Dame)
QB-Russell Wilson (NC State)
TE-Cooper Helfet (Duke)**

2. Carolina Panthers (7)
OT-Travis Bond (North Carolina)
PK-Graham Gano (Florida State)
LS-J.J. Jansen (Notre Dame)
LB-Luke Kuechly (Boston College)
TE-Greg Olsen (Miami)
OT-Bruce Campbell (Maryland)*
QB-Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)*

3. Philadelphia Eagles (3)
CB-Roc Carmichael (Virginia Tech)
QB-Michael Vick (Virginia Tech)
S-Earl Wolff (NC State)

4. Green Bay Packers (9)
WR-Jarrett Boykin (Virginia Tech)
S-Morgan Burnett (Georgia Tech)
DT-B.J. Raji (Boston College)
CB-Sam Shields (Miami)
TE-Ryan Taylor (North Carolina)
WR-Kevin Dorsey (Maryland)*
LB-Robert Francois (Boston College)*
RB-Orwin Smith (Georgia Tech)**
OG-Andrew Tiller (Syracuse)**

5. San Francisco 49ers (11)
WR-Jon Baldwin (Pittsburgh)
WR-Anquan Boldin (Florida State)
LB-Ahmad Brooks (Virginia)
TE-Vernon Davis (Maryland)
RB-Frank Gore (Miami)
P-Andy Lee (Pittsburgh)
OG-Joe Looney (Wake Forest)
LB-Nick Moody (Florida State)
DT-Tank Carradine (Florida State)*
LB-Darius Fleming (Notre Dame)*
NT-Ian Williams (Notre Dame)*

6. New Orleans Saints (8)
NT-Brodrick Bunkley (Florida State)
TE-Jimmy Graham (Miami)
PK-Shayne Graham (Virginia Tech)
LB-Kevin Reddick (North Carolina)
CB-Rod Sweeting (Georgia Tech)
CB-Patrick Robinson (Florida State)*
LB-Jon Vilma (Miami)*
CB-Eddie Whitley (Virginia Tech)**

AFC

1. Denver Broncos (9)
S-David Bruton (Notre Dame)
CB-Tony Carter (Florida State)
OT-Orlando Franklin (Miami)
LB-Nate Irving (NC State)
WR-Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
C-Steve Vallos (Wake Forest)
DT-Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
C-Dan Koppen (Boston College)*
OT-Vinston Painter (Virginia Tech)*

2. New England Patriots (9)
LS-Danny Aiken (Virginia)
S-Steve Gregory (Syracuse)
DE-Chandler Jones (Syracuse)
DL-Joe Vellano (Maryland)
NT-Vince Wilfork (Miami)*
S-Adrian Wilson (NC State)*
OL-Braxston Cave (Notre Dame)**
DL-Marcus Forston (Miami)**
OT-R.J. Mattes (NC State)**

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10)
RB-Giovani Bernard (North Carolina)
TE-Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)
CB-Brandon Ghee (Wake Forest)
DE-Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech)
RB-Cedric Peerman (Virginia)
LB-Vincent Rey (Duke)
C-Trevor Robinson (Notre Dame)
WR-Brandon Tate (North Carolina)
DT-Brandon Thompson (Clemson)
LB-Bruce Taylor (Virginia Tech)**

4. Indianapolis Colts (14)
FS-Sergio Brown (Notre Dame)
OT-Anthony Castonzo (Boston College)
OT-Gosder Cherilus (Boston College)
RB-Tashard Choice (Georgia Tech)
LB-Kavell Conner (Clemson)
QB-Matt Hasselbeck (Boston College)
WR-Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland)
LB-Cam Johnson (Virginia)
OL-Mike McGlynn (Pittsburgh)
LB-Bjoern Werner (Florida State)
TE-Dwayne Allen (Clemson)*
WR-Reggie Wayne (Miami)*
OG-Zach Allen (NC State)**
C-Thomas Austin (Clemson)**

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6)
OT-Branden Albert (Virginia)
DE-Allen Bailey (Miami)
TE-Anthony Fasano (Notre Dame)
CB-Brandon Flowers (Virginia Tech)
TE-Richard Gordon (Miami)
C-Rodney Hudson (Florida State)

6. San Diego Chargers (14)
CB-Crezdon Butler (Clemson)
DB-Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson)
PK-Nick Novak (Maryland)
QB-Philip Rivers (NC State)
WR-Eddie Royal (Virginia Tech)
LB-Manti Te'o (Notre Dame)
DT-Cam Thomas (North Carolina)
QB-Charlie Whitehurst (Clemson)
DE-Dwight Freeney (Syracuse)*
TE-John Phillips (Virginia)*
OT-Nick Becton (Virginia Tech)**
LB-Terrell Manning (NC State)**
WR-Tobais Palmer (NC State)**
DE-Damik Scafe (Boston College)**

Key:

* Reserve/Injured

** Practice Squad

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Numbers

Total Number of ACC Players in the NFL Playoffs: 107 players, including members of the practice squads.

Team-By-Team Breakdown: The number of former ACC players on a postseason roster, divvied up by their old schools.

Boston College: 8
Clemson: 8
Duke: 2
Florida State: 9
Georgia Tech: 6
Maryland: 6
Miami: 11
North Carolina: 7
NC State: 11
Notre Dame: 12
Pittsburgh: 3
Syracuse: 4
Virginia: 6
Virginia Tech: 11
Wake Forest: 3

Notre Dame - with 12 players on some form of a postseason roster - is the leader in this club. However, three schools - Miami, NC State and Virginia Tech - all have an impressive 11.

Duke is the low man on the totem pole here. They have only two players on playoff rosters.