The first ever edition of Super Wild Card Weekend was not kind to a trio of former Kentucky Wildcats.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan led the Bears in tackles with 10 and recorded a pass deflection. Another deflection was ruled a pass interference in the end zone, setting up a Saints’ score that put the game away. Chicago’s season ended with a 21-9 loss to New Orleans, dropping them to an 8-8 record. Trevathan finished his ninth NFL season with 113 tackles, ranked second on the team, along with five pass deflections, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack.
A pair of Pittsburgh Steelers ended their seasons on a sour note. Linebacker Avery Williamson was relegated to a reserve role, leaving the box score barren. Benny Snell carried the ball twice for 13 yards and caught one pass for four yards in the devastating 48-37 loss to the Browns.
It was disappointing end to Snell’s sophomore season that started with so much promise. After rushing for 113 yards in the opener, Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher only picked up only 255 yards over the next 16 games as the Steelers’ rushing offense fell to last in the league.
Mike Edwards will live to fight for another week as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers down the Washington Football Team 31-23. Edwards had four tackles and a pass deflection in the win. The Bucs have advanced to the Divisional Round to take on the New Orleans Saints in a battle that pits Brees vs. Brady.
A future Wildcat is also staying alive in the NFL ranks. John Wolford was injured, forcing Jared Goff to play quarterback despite recently undergoing surgery for a dislocated thumb. The hobbled quarterback room persevered to defeat Seattle 30-20 and assistant quarterbacks coach Liam Coen deserves 100% of the credit for the Rams’ success.
UK’s next offensive coordinator will travel to Green Bay next Saturday afternoon when the Packers host the Rams. If Za’Darius Smith has his way, he’ll be well acquainted with Coen’s quarterbacks before the day is done.