Jacks in the NFL: Week 17

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Three former SDSU players onto NFL Playoffs

Part of a weekly update, following the four active Jackrabbits in the National Football League.

Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) SDSU: 2014-17

Weekly Notes: Goedert played 43 offensive snaps (61 percent) and eight special teams plays in the 24-0 playoff-clinching win over the Washington Redskins in the last game of the regular season. The rookie tight end caught all three of his targets for 27 yards, including a long of 25 yards.

After the defense intercepted a deep pass on the very first play of the game, the Eagle offense moved into scoring range before throwing an interception right back. Goedert helped the team get into Redskin territory with a 25-yard catch – pushing the Philly offense to Washington’s 28-yardline before going out-of-bounds. It was the longest play from scrimmage for both teams in the game.

Up Next: NFL Playoffs (Wildcard Round) – At Chicago Bears (Sunday, 3:40 p.m.)

Season Notes: Ended his rookie season with 16 games played (eight starts, playing 523 offensive snaps, 187 special teams) and 33 catches on 44 targets for 334 yards with four touchdowns and 13 first downs, with a long of 32 yards.

Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts) SDSU: 1991-94

Weekly Notes: Vinatieri scored nine points by going 2-for-2 on field goal tries and 3-for-4 on PATs in the 33-17 playoff-clinching win over the Tennessee Titans. The Colts got out to an early 14-7 lead before Vinatieri added a 53-yard boot with 39 seconds in the half.

The 46-year-old kicker knocked in another one from 25 yards out in the second half to make it 27-17 with just under 4 minutes remaining in the game.

With his 53-yard field goal, he passed Phil Dawson and John Kasey (42) for the fourth-most made field goals from 50 or more yards in NFL history.

Up Next: NFL Playoffs (Wildcard Round) – At Houston Texans (Saturday, 3:35 p.m.)

Entering his 15th postseason – 31st postseason game – this weekend, Vinatieri already has several playoff records. His postseason stats are: 234 points, 56-of-68 on FGs, 66-of-66 on PATs.

Most postseason field goals in a career: 56

Most consecutive games in a single postseason with 3-plus field goals: 4

Most points in postseason, career: 234

Most points in a single postseason: 49 (2006)

Most field goals made in a single postseason: 14 (2006)

Most field goals in Super Bowls: 7

Most PATs in Super Bowls: 13

Most Super Bowl wins by a place kicker: 4

Most Super Bowl appearances by a place kicker: 5

Most playoff games by a place kicker: 30, which also ranks second overall (Tom Brady has 37) 

Season Notes: Vinatieri went 23-of-27 on field goals and 44-of-47 on PATs, scoring 104 points, in the 2018 regular season. He finished 16th in the NFL in scoring, including 14th amongst kickers.

Career Notes: Has played in 353 games (1996-05 – New England Patriots, 2006-present – Indianapolis Colts) after completing his 23rd NFL regular season. He is tied for second all-time in regular-season games played. ... Vinatieri is 582-of-690 of field goals (84.3 percent) with a long of 57 yards in 2002, and 852-of-870 on PATs (98 percent). He is the NFL record-holder in career points (2,600), field goals and regular-season wins (215). He is second in FG attempts and PATs made. ... Vinatieri has 21 100-point seasons. ... He is one of four players to play in an NFL game at the age of 46 or older. The record is 48.

Bryan Witzmann (Chicago Bears) SDSU: 2010-13

Weekly Notes: Witzmann played 41 offensive snaps (60 percent) and three special teams plays in the Bears’ 12th win of the season (most in a season since 2006) over the Minnesota Vikings on the final weekend of the regular season, winning 24-10.

The Chicago offense totaled 332 offensive yards (163 passing/169 rushing, 5.3 per play) while having three 70-yard-plus touchdown drives.

Up Next: NFL Playoffs (Wildcard Round) – vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, at 3:40 p.m.)

Season Notes: The SDSU alum was 8-1 this season when playing significant snaps with the Bears, 6-1 as a starter (lone loss in overtime to the New York Giants in Week 13). The offense averaged 25.2 points per game and 313.6 yards per game with Witzmann playing (205.3 passing/108.3 rushing). Witzmann has started seven consecutive games.

With the Bears clinching the NFC North in Week 15 and a spot in the playoffs, Witzmann has been to the playoffs all three years he’s played a snap in the NFL (2016 Divisional Round. – Kansas City Chiefs, 2017 Wild Card Round – Kansas City Chiefs, 2018 Playoffs – Chicago Bears).

Career Notes: Witzmann has a 27-10 record when playing in the NFL, including 20 starts (16-4 record when starting)

Zach Zenner (Detriot Lions) SDSU: 2011-14

Weekly Notes: Zenner and the Detroit Lions handed the Green Bay Packers their worst home shutout loss since 2006, winning 31-0. Zenner led the team in carries (21) and yards (93) and scored the only rushing touchdown of the game.

He played 51 percent of the offensive snaps (37) – the most of any running back – and another nine special teams plays. The SDSU RB had a long of 13 yards on the ground and added a 30-yard catch.

Zenner saw his first carries with about eight minutes to play in the first quarter. He had a 1-yard carry off the left end and a 5-yard rush up the middle to push the Lions to midfield. He had two more carries for 6 yards and no gain on Green Bay’s 11- and 1-yard line. The drive resulted in the first points of the game – a 5-yard TD pass to go up 7-0.

On the following Detroit possession, the running back added three more carries for 6 yards – one carry inside of Green Bay’s 15 for 5 yards – which eventually led to another touchdown pass on the board.

On the third straight scoring drive for the Lions, Zenner packed on 42 yards and finally punched into the end zone to go up 21-0 with 1:11 to go in the half. He had eight carries and one passing target with one of them being nullified after a 3-yard touchdown rush was pushed back because of holding. The following play was his 13-yard touchdown.

Season Notes: The fourth-year running back ended with his second-best season in the NFL with eight games played (one start) with 55 carries for 265 yards and three touchdowns (4.8 yards per carry, long of 29). He also had 10 targets, seven catches, for 56 yards (8.0 per catch, long of 30). In the last four games of the season where Zenner had the most action, the team went 2-2 while he had 51 carries for 237 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and three touchdowns with six catches for 52 yards.

Career Notes: Zenner has played in 36 games (six starts) through four NFL seasons – all with Detroit. ... Has 174 carries for 685 yards and eight career TDs rushing to go with 37 targets, 27 catches for 263 yards receiving. ... Only one career fumble. ... 2016 was his biggest year (14 games, four starts, 88 carries, 334 rushing rards, four TDs, 3.8 YPC to go with 18 catches, 196 yards, 10.9 YPC).


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