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Previewing the NFL playoffs for five former Cougars

Five former Cougars will make a trip to the 2016 NFL playoffs. Find out who your favorite players will be facing on the path to Super Bowl LI.

Former BYU athletes have thrived in the NFL during the 2016 season and five took that success to the playoffs which begin on Saturday. Here is a list of former Cougars that fans can watch for this weekend.

Ziggy Ansah (DE), Lions:

Ansah has become known in the league as a terror off the edge and while his production has dipped in 2016 he can still make a big impact in the playoffs. His Lions will face the Seahawks in Seattle on Saturday night and last time Ansah faced them he totaled two sacks. This is the second time Ansah has been to the postseason in his NFL career.

John Denney (LS), Dolphins:

Denney is the longest tenured Dolphin and has the second-most consecutive starts among former players with 176. Miami will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the Wild Card round this Sunday. This is the second time that Denney has been to the postseason in his NFL career.

Daniel Sorensen (DB), Chiefs:

Sorensen will head to the playoffs for the second consecutive year as the Chiefs won the AFC West. Sorensen put up big numbers as he saw an increased role on the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs earned the #2 seed in the AFC and will have a bye during the Wild Card round, it is yet to be determined who they will play in the Divisional Round.

Uani ‘Unga (LB), Giants:

Uani ‘Unga didn’t play with the Giants during the 2016 season but is still on their roster as he was placed on the injured reserve. This is the second consecutive season ‘Unga has made a trip to the postseason. The Giants will head to Wisconsin to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Kyle Van Noy (LB), Patriots:

Van Noy will be making his second trip to the playoffs this year. He was with the Lions during their 2014 playoff run, but was placed on the injured reserve and didn’t play. The Patriots hold the #1 seed in the AFC and will find out who they play following the conclusion of the Wild Card round of the playoffs.


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