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Red Raiders in The NFL Playoff Edition: Conference Championship Round


Jan. 20, 2014

by Blain Meador
Texas Tech Athletics Communications

Danny Amendola (WR) New England Patriots
Conference Championship Matchup: Patriots-16 Broncos-26

Danny Amendola did not have a reception in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. At the conclusion of his first season with The Patriots he has accumulated 57 receptions for 710 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots finish the season with a 13-5 record. Amendola played four seasons at Tech (2004-2007) and signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008 with the Dallas Cowboys.

Michael Crabtree (WR) San Francisco 49ers
Conference Championship Matchup: 49ers-17 Seahawks-23

After winning two road playoff games in a row, the 49ers run finally came to an end Sunday night in Seattle. Crabtree had 4 receptions for 52 yards in the Niners loss and finishes the postseason with 15 receptions for 203 yards. Crabtree Played two seasons at Tech (2007-2008) and was selected as the 10th overall pick 2009 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Manny Ramirez (OL) Denver Broncos
Conference Championship Matchup: Broncos-26 Patriots-16

The Denver Offensive line has successfully made it all the way to the Super Bowl without allowing a single postseason sack on quarterback Peyton Manning. On Sunday the Bronco's offense had a combined 507 yards with 400 passing and another 107 on the ground. This will mark the first time that Ramirez has been to the Super Bowl. Ramirez played four seasons at Tech (2003-2006) and was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Louis Vasquez (OL) Denver Broncos
Conference Championship Matchup: Broncos-26 Patriots-16

Louis Vasquez has now started all 18 games during the Bronco's run to the Super Bowl. This season the Broncos led the league with only 20 allowed sacks, as well as total offense and passing yards. This will also be Vasquez's first ever Super Bowl during his career. Vasquez played four seasons at Tech (2005-2008) and was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Wes Welker (WR) Denver Broncos
Conference Championship Matchup: Broncos-26 Patriots-16

In the Bronco's victory over Welker's former team the New England Patriots, he had four receptions for 38 yards. With the victory he will make his third appearance in the Super Bowl and look to capture his first ever championship. He now has 854 total yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Welker played four seasons at Tech (2000-2003) and signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004 with the San Diego Chargers.

 

 

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