Nine former Illini were on active rosters for the Divisional Round and four will be playing in this weekend's Conference Finals. Four former Illini, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, FS Tavon Wilson, DE Michael Buchanan and CB Justin Green, all New England Patriots, will be playing for a trip to the Super Bowl in Denver this Sunday (2 pm CT on CBS). See how all nine Illini fared during the Divisional Weekend.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Started and had one catch for six yards in the Patriots' 43-22 victory. His biggest impact was as a blocker for the Patriots' rushing attack, which churned out 234 yards on the ground against the Colts. Watch Hoomanawanui pave the way for LaGarrette Blounts' big day (166 yards and 4 TDs), including his second 2-yard TD run in the first quarter, his 73-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and his 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.
A total of 12 former Illini are on active rosters of NFL playoff teams. During the Wildcard weekend, eight of those 12 players were in action, while nine will take part in next week's Divisional round. Here are the highlights from Wildcard weekend.
Hugh Thornton, OL, Indianapolis Colts - Started and helped the Colts pile-up 536 total yards to overcome a 28-point second-half deficit in a 45-44 win over the Chiefs. Watch Thornton (#69) pull and help pave the way for a 10-yard Donald Brown TD run. Thornton also was involved in Andrew Luck's can't-miss improv TD. Thornton and the Colts will travel to New England to face the No. 2 seed Patriots in the Divisional round (Saturday, 7:15 pm CT on CBS).