Zaire Anderson returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown for the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
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#ProBigRed: Huskers in the NFL - Week 17

By NU Athletic Communications

Several former Huskers saw action in Week 17 of the NFL last Sunday, and a pair found the end zone as both Zaire Anderson (Broncos) and Ameer Abdullah (Lions) scored touchdowns for their respective teams.

Anderson recovered a Kansas City fumble and returned it 38 yards for a score to ignite Denver's comeback attempt against the Chiefs, but it ultimately fell short as Kansas City won, 27-24. The second-year linebacker also racked up four tackles, including one for a loss, on Sunday.

Abdullah scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday, as his seven yard score capped Detroit's 35-11 win over the Green Bay Packers.

On the offensive line, Richie Incognito (Bills) and Jeremiah Sirles (Vikings) started at guard and played every offensive snap to lead their teams to victories. Zach Sterup earned his first NFL start for the Dolphins in the Miami-Buffalo game, and played every offensive snap.

Sam Koch was consistent punting the ball for Baltimore, as he racked up an average of 41.6 yards on eight punts, with three punts downed inside the 20.

A total of six Huskers will be participating in the NFL Playoffs, as the Bills (Incognito and Brandon Reilly), Patriots (Rex Burkhead and Vincent Valentine), Eagles (Nathan Gerry) and Vikings (Sirles) all qualified for postseason play. The Bills will take on the Jaguars on Sunday, while New England, Philadelphia and Minnesota earned first-round byes.

A complete list of statistics by former Huskers in the NFL is below.



      Buffalo Bills (W, 22-16 at Miami Dolphins)
OL Richie Incognito: Started at left guard and played every offensive snap; also played on special teams
WR Brandon Reilly: Did Not Play (Inactive)

Miami Dolphins (L, 22-16 vs. Buffalo Bills)
DT Ndamukong Suh: Started at defensive tackle
T Zach Sterup: Started at left tackle and played every offensive snap; also played on special teams

New England Patriots (W, 26-6 vs. New York Jets)
RB Rex Burkhead: Did Not Play (Inactive)
DT Vincent Valentine: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured) 
New York Jets (L, 26-6 at New England Patriots)
OL Brent Qvale: started at right tackle; also played on special teams
WR Quincy Enunwa: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)

Denver Broncos (L, 27-24 vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
LB Zaire Anderson: played at linebacker, returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown, four tackles, one tackle for a loss; also played on special teams

FB Andy Janovich: Played at fullback and on special teams
DE Jared Crick: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)

Los Angeles Chargers (W, 30-10 vs. Oakland Raiders)
OL Matt Slauson: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)

Baltimore Ravens (L, 31-27 vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
P Sam Koch: eight punts, 333 yards, 41.6 average, 38.5 net, no touchbacks, three punts downed inside the 20, long of 51
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: Played on special teams, one tackle

OL Alex Lewis: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)
WR Kenny Bell: Did Not Play (Practice Squad)

Cincinnati Bengals (W, 31-27 at Baltimore Ravens)
H-Back Cethan Carter: Played on special teams, one tackle


      Dallas Cowboys (W, 6-0 vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
DT Maliek Collins: Started at defensive tackle, one tackle
DE Randy Gregory: Did Not Play (Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner)
Philadelphia Eagles (L, 6-0 vs. Dallas Cowboys)
LB Nathan Gerry: Started at linebacker, one tackle, one pass defended; also played on special teams

Washington Redskins (L, 18-10 at New York Giants)
LB Will Compton: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)
OL Spencer Long: Did Not Play (Reserve/Injured)
TE Niles Paul: started at tight end, one reception, no yards; also played on special teams

Chicago Bears (L, 23-10 at Minnesota Vikings)
CB Prince Amukamara: Started at cornerback, six tackles
Detroit Lions (W, 35-11 vs. Green Bay Packers)
RB Ameer Abdullah: eight rushes, 18 yards, one touchdown; one reception, 11 yards; one kickoff return, 25 yards
Minnesota Vikings (W, 23-10 vs. Chicago Bears)
OL Jeremiah Sirles: started at left guard and played every offensive snap; also played on special teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W, 31-24 at New Orleans Saints)
LB Lavonte David: Started at linebacker, six tackles, one tackle for loss
OL Givens Price: Did Not Play (Practice Squad)


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