Four alumni entered, only two were left standing at the conclusion of the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. The two veteran Mountaineers, Jones and McAfee, were eliminated while the two rookies, Irvin and Barclay, moved on to the next round of the playoffs.
Let’s first take a look at the veterans.
Adam “Pacman” Jones, Bengals lost Texans 13-19
Jones had a bit of a rough outing on the defensive side of the football. The Bengals opted to have Pacman cover Andre Johnson in three and four wide receiver sets, which was a clear mismatch.
Jones got beat a couple of times for big yardage, allowing the Texans to keep the ball away from the Bengals offense.
Jones did fair pretty well in the kick return game, taking four returns for 103 yards. He manned the kick return duties up until he injured his leg late in the contest.
In what shaped up to be a defensive slug fest, the Bengals and Jones fell short, unable to get anything working offensively.
Pat “Boom Stick” McAfee, Colts lost to Ravens 9-24
Pat McAfee did everything he could to help the Colts win the field position battle in this game. He let off some terrific punts, averaging 48.5 yards per punt as well as booting a pair of touch backs on kickoffs.
As well as McAfee played, he had no influence on how well (or poor) the Colts protected Andrew Luck. The young quarterback felt pressure all game long, especially from Paul Kruger. Luck had no time to find receivers and they had to settle for field goals too often.
Good for Ray Lewis to win his last home game, but it is sad to see a Mountaineer eliminated from the playoffs.
Now let’s take a look at the former Mountaineers that won and their match-ups for next week.