Hawks in the NFL: Championship Round

By Courtney Baumann on January 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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We've Got Hawks in the Super Bowl, People

What a huge, crazy surprise that no one ever expected from the underdog — Tom Brady and the Patriots are in the Super Bowl. However, that means two former Hawkeyes also won the AFC Championship game. Adrian Clayborn and James Ferentz will head to the big game suited up for New England to face off against Austin Blythe and the Rams. This will be the fifth straight Super Bowl with at least one former Hawkeye in it. 

THE DEFENSE

Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the Arrowhead Stadium Playoff Curse went back into effect on Sunday. Anthony Hitchens had 14 tackles — seven solo — in the overtime loss to the Patriots. 

He also had this little message to Julian Edelman:

Ben Niemann didn't have any stats in the Divisional Round, but posted a couple of tackles against the Pats. 

Adrian Clayborn didn't have any tackles for New England, but he did have this big QB hit on Patrick Mahomes:

 
THE OFFENSE

Blythe will make his first appearance in the Super Bowl next Sunday when he starts on the offensive line, joining a pretty cool Iowa club. 

 
NON-SUPER BOWL STUFF

Casey Kreiter is headed to the Pro Bowl alongside George Kittle this weekend, making him the first long snapper ever in Broncos history to have the honor. The position is not revealed on the original Pro Bowl roster, but one from each league is chosen by the team's coach prior to the game. 

LONG STORY SHORT

Moving On: Austin Blythe (Rams, 15-3), Adrian Clayborn, James Ferentz (Patriots, 13-5)

See You Next Year: Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann (Chiefs, 13-5)

 

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