Thirteen Miami football alums from 10 teams at seven positions are participating in the 2023 NFL Playoffs. San Francisco offensive lineman Jon Feliciano is the only former Hurricane whose team is not playing this weekend. The 49ers have a bye as the top seed in the NFC.
Greg Rousseau of Buffalo, Jaelan Phillips on Miami, Deon Bush with Kansas City, David Njoku on Cleveland, Houston's Brevin Jordan, DJ Scaife and Denzel Perryman, Sheldrick Redwine of Dallas, Feliciano, Mitchell Agude and Michael Badgley with Detroit, Jon Ford on Green Bay and Dee Delaney on Tampa are in the 2023 NFL Playoffs.
The first game this weekend features four Miami football alums. Browns TE Njoku and Cleveland host linebacker Perryman, offensive lineman Scaife and TE Jordan and the Texans. Cleveland won 36-22 at Houston on December 24. Njoku had six receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in the last meeting. Perryman had five tackles and Jordan two receptions for 27 yards.
The second game of the weekend is Miami at Kansas City. The Chiefs beat the Dolphins 21-14 in Frankfurt, Germany on November 5. Phillips had five tackles in that game. Miami has been without Phillips for a month. The former Miami All-American suffered a torn achilles last month that ended his season.
Pittsburgh at Buffalo is the third playoff game this weekend and the first Sunday kickoff. Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 27-15 in the preseason. Rousseau had 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and four pass breakups this season. Rousseau had two tackles versus Pittsburgh in his NFL debut in 2021.
Green Bay at Dallas is the second of three games on Sunday. Green Bay defeated Dallas 31-28 in overtime in 2022, the last time they played. The only appearance for Redwine this season was versus Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Ford and Redwine are both currently on their teams' practice squads.
Badgley has made all four of his field goal attempts and 13 out of 15 extra points in four weeks as the Detroit kicker. Jared Goff of Detroit and Matthew Stafford of the Rams will face their former teams for the first time since their blockbuster trade for each other in March 2021.
The weekend will conclude on Monday night when Philadelphia plays at Tampa Bay. Delaney has played in all 17 games this season for the Buccaneers with 25 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups. Delaney has 71 tackles and three interceptions in three seasons playing 49 games for Tampa Bay.