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Illini in the NFL - Divisional Weekend

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

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.

Michael Buchanan, DE, New England Patriots - Recorded one assisted tackle in New England's win over the Colts. 

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Played in the Patriots' win over the Colts, mostly on special teams, but did not record any statistics.   

Justin Green, DB, New England Patriots - Was inactive for New England's win over the Colts.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Started and had five tackles, including four solos, but the Chargers lost to the Broncos, 24-17.

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Had one tackle in Colts 43-22 loss to the Patriots.

Hugh Thornton, OL, Indianapolis Colts - Started at left guard and helped the Colts put up 386 total yards in their loss to the Patriots.   

Glenn Foster, DL, New Orleans Saints - Played in the Saints loss to the Seahawks but did not record any statistics.  

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Was inactive for the second week in a row as the Saints lost to the Seahawks, 23-15. 

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