K-State in the NFL - Divisional Round

Jordy Nelson

Jan. 17, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The divisional round of the NFL Playoffs proved to be the final weekend for both former Kansas State players that remained alive in the playoffs.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson caught three passes for 39 yards in Green Bay’s 37-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, a defeat that ended the Packers’ season. It also marked the first home game this year that Nelson did not record a receiving touchdown. During the regular season, Nelson had 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and 15 scores – all career highs. He finished the year third in the NFL (second among wide receivers) in touchdowns and third in the league in average per catch among players with 40 or more receptions (18.6). The former walk-on at Kansas State was ninth in total receiving yards despite the fact that that was tied for 29th in receptions. Also, his 93-yard touchdown reception against St. Louis in week six was the fourth-longest in the league this year.


Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles set an NFL playoff record with 15 receptions on Saturday in New Orleans’ divisional playoff game at San Francisco, but it came in a loss as the 49ers topped the Saints, 36-32. The previous record for receptions in a playoff game was 14 held by four different players. Sproles tallied 119 receiving yards, including a 44-yard touchdown with four minutes remaining that gave the Saints a 24-23 lead. He also hauled in a pass for a two-point conversion with 1:37 left in the game that put New Orleans on top 32-29. Sproles rushed three times for three yards, returned three punts for 29 total yards and brought back a pair of kickoffs for a 19-yard average.
Video Highlights: 44-yd TD reception  |  2-point conversion

A former draft pick by San Diego, Sproles set the NFL single-season all purpose yardage record at 2,696 during the regular season. He accumulated 710 receiving yards on 86 receptions (8.3 yards per catch), while he had 603 yards on the ground. He also had 10 total touchdowns, coming on seven pass receptions, two rushes and a punt return. Sproles finished the regular season seventh in the league (first among running backs) in receptions, while his 27.2-yard kickoff-return average was tops in the league among players with 40 or more returns.

Video Highlights from NFL.com