Former Ole Miss Football stars shine in NFL Wild Card Weekend

Former Ole Miss football player Evan Engram in NFL playoff win (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Former Ole Miss football player Evan Engram in NFL playoff win (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

The NFL postseason started with a bang this past weekend with the Wild Card round getting underway. There were many entertaining games and all but one ended with the competing teams being within one score of each other at the end. Many former Ole Miss football alumni were on display and many former Rebels stood out amongst the NFL’s best.

Evan Engram helps Jaguars lead the charge in a massive comeback

Former Rebel standout tight end Evan Engram was the big winner on the weekend. Engram has had a career-best season this past year with 73 catches for 766 yards and 4 touchdowns.

He continued his big year in the Jacksonville Jaguar’s first playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers finishing the game with 7 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown which led the team.

After being down 27-0 in the first half the Ole Miss football product caught the team’s first touchdown right before halftime to give the Jaguars a glimpse of hope.

Engram would help Jacksonville go on to mount one of the biggest postseason comebacks in NFL history winning 31-30 on a walk-off field goal as time expired.

DK Metcalf has a huge day while Seahawks falter in the second half

Although his team fell short, former Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf had a huge day against the San Francisco 49ers. Metcalf helped the team build a lead by halftime going into the locker room up 17-16.

Things would fall apart in the second half for the Seahawks as they would end up losing 41-23 but Metcalf did his part posting a stat line of 10 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Hilton has a big impact in a close Bengals win

Another big win for an Ole Miss football alum, Bengals nickelback Mike Hilton had a big day for Cincinnati’s defense when his number was called. Hilton had two tackles for a loss, including one sack, and a pass deflection on the night.

He also had a quarterback hit and was constantly pressuring Raven’s backup quarterback Tyler Huntley who started in place of the injured Lamar Jackson. In a tight game, Hilton’s Bengals would go on to win 24-17.