Seven NFL Rebels Advance to Playoffs
Eli Manning
Jan. 6, 2017


OXFORD, Miss. – The National Football League postseason begins this weekend as teams start their quest to Super Bowl LI, and there are seven former Ole Miss players on rosters of teams who advanced to the playoffs.

Most notable is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP who once again looks to lead his squad to the ultimate football prize. The 11-5 Giants will travel to face the 10-6 Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card game on Sunday (3:40 p.m. CT). With Manning and Aaron Rodgers behind center for the two teams, it will be the first time in NFL history for a pair of Super Bowl MVPs to square off in a wild card game.

In addition to Manning, other Rebels who are full- or part-time starters headed to the playoffs include Giants offensive guard John Jerry, Seahawks offensive tackle Bradley Sowell and Dolphins offensive guard Laremy Tunsil. Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, who is a major contributor on New England’s special teams, is hoping to make his second trip to a Super Bowl.

Also on playoff squads, but unable to play due to injury, are Texans linebacker Gerald Rivers and Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson.

In total, Ole Miss had 24 former players in the league this season, including 10 who started multiple games for their teams: Bengals wide receiver Cody Core, Jerry, Manning, Bears offensive tackle Bobby Massie, Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher, Jaguars offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, Sowell, Tunsil and Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Non-starters included Bolden, Colts offensie tackle Pierce Burton (practice squad), 49ers offensive lineman Fahn Cooper (practice squad), Browns defensive back Trae Elston, Golson (injured), Patriots defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton, Patriots cornerback Mike Hilton (practice squad), Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis, Chargers wide receiver Dexter McCluster, Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, Rivers, Saints safety Jamarca Sanford (injured), Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward.

Below is a breakdown of each playoff participant’s 2016 season and details of their upcoming playoff games.

Patriots RB Brandon Bolden

  • 14 games played, 1 rush (4 yards), 2 catches (15 yards), 4 tackles
  • 5th NFL season
  • Patriots (14-2) vs. TBD, AFC Divisional Round, Jan. 14, 7:15 p.m. CT, CBS

Steelers CB Senquez Golson

  • Injured Reserve (foot)
  • 2nd NFL season

Giants RG John Jerry

  • 16 games played, 16 games started
  • 7th NFL season
  • Giants (11-5) at Packers (10-6), NFC Wild Card, Jan. 8, 3:40 p.m. CT, FOX

Giants QB Eli Manning

  • 16 games played, 16 games started, 377 of 598 (4027 yards), 26 TDs, 16 INTs
  • 13th NFL season
  • Hasn’t missed a start since his 2004 rookie season (199 straight regular-season starts, 3rd-longest in NFL history)
  • Currently 7th in NFL history in passing TDs (320), 8th in passing yards (48,214)
  • Giants (11-5) at Packers (10-6), NFC Wild Card, Jan. 8, 3:40 p.m. CT, FOX

Texans LB Gerald Rivers

  • Injured Reserve (undisclosed)
  • 4th NFL season

Seahawks RT Bradley Sowell

  • 10 games played, 9 games started
  • 5th NFL season
  • Seahawks (10-5-1) vs. Lions (9-7), NFC Wild Card, Jan. 7, 7:15 p.m. CT, NBC

Dolphins LG Laremy Tunsil

  • 14 games played, 14 games started
  • 1st NFL season
  • Dolphins (10-6) at Steelers (11-5), AFC Wild Card, Jan. 8, 12:05 p.m. CT, CBS

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