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Banner day for Arizona Wildcats in NFL playoffs, most notably Foles

No way to track this sort of thing, but Saturday must be one of the best — if not the best — day of NFL playoff action for former Arizona Wildcats.

First, Nick Foles was efficient enough in blistering cold temperatures to quarterback Philadelphia to a 15-10 win over visiting Atlanta in an NFC divisional round game. Playing for the injured Carson Wentz, who is an MVP candidate, Foles gained confidence in himself and from his teammates as the game went on.

He completed completed 23 of 30 pass attempts for 246 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

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Second, tight end Rob Gronkowski was his customary self, Gronk, catching six passes for 81 yards with a touchdown in New England’s 35-7 win over Tennessee in an AFC divisional-round game.

Third, linebacker Marquis Flowers, acquired by New England this season as a free agent, had a sack of Marcus Mariota after tallying 2.5 in the regular season. Flowers had two other tackles and tallied three quarterback hurries.

Defensive end Brooks Reed, playing the same position he played at Arizona after starting his NFL career as a linebacker, had three tackles for Atlanta against former teammate Foles.

The following are some social media reactions of the feats of these former Wildcats in playoff action Saturday:

Nick Foles


Marquis Flowers

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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