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Greensboro, N.C.--The Atlantic Coast Conference has had a significant impact on this year's National Football League Playoffs.
Through the NFL's first 10 playoff games, receivers who have played collegiately at current ACC schools have accounted for 48.7% of all of the passing touchdowns thrown, 34% of the passing yardage and 25.5% percent of the pass completions. In all 15 former ACC players--including 14 who played Atlantic Coast Conference Football--have totaled 113 catches for 1,899 yards and 19 touchdowns in the 10 NFL Playoff Games to date. ACC pass receivers have averaged an eye-opening 16.8 yards a catch average. By comparison, the non-ACC receivers in those games averaged just 11.2 yards per catch.
All told, the teams in those ten NFL games have a combined total of 443 pass completions for 5,586 yards (12.6 average) and 39 scores.
Of the top eight pass receivers in terms of yardage in the NFL Playoffs, six are from current ACC schools including the top two in Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) of the New York Giants with 335 yards and a 18.6 per-catch average and . Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech) of Denver with 297 yards and a 29.7 per-catch average. They are followed byVernon Davis (Maryland) of San Francisco (292), Marques Colston, who played collegiately at Hofstra, of New Orleans (256) and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants (242), who played collegiately at Massachusetts. But the next four are ACC products in Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) of Detroit (211); Andre Johnson (Miami) of Houston (201); Anquan Boldin (Florida State) of Baltimore (174) and Jimmy Graham (Miami) of New Orleans (158).
Nicks will be playing in next Sunday's Super Bowl.
Nine of the 15 100-yard performances by NFL receivers in the playoffs have been from receivers from ACC schools. ACC receivers turned in the only 200-yard receiving efforts in the playoffs, when Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson had 12 catches for 211 yards for Detroit against New Orleans and Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas had 204 yards on only four catches versus Pittsburgh. Hakeem Nicks and Vernon Davis are the only receivers in the playoffs to have topped the 100-yard mark twice. Here is a listing of NFL players who played at ACC schools in the playoffs who topped the 100-yard mark for a game:
|Calvin Johnson||Detroit||Georgia Tech||12||211||2||New Orleans|
|Demaryius Thomas||Denver||Georgia Tech||4||204||1||Pittsburgh|
|Vernon Davis||San Francisco||Maryland||7||180||2||New Orleans|
|Hakeem Nicks||New York Giants||North Carolina||7||163||2||New Orleans|
|Hakeem Nicks||New York Giants||North Carolina||6||115||2||Atlanta|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans||Miami||5||103||2||San Francisco|
Other ACC performances in the NFL Playoffs:
|Demaryius Thomas||Denver||Georgia Tech||6||93||1||New England|
|Anquan Boldin||Baltimore||Florida State||4||73||1||Houston|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans||Miami||7||55||1||Detroit|
|Eddie Royal||Denver||Virginia Tech||3.||49||1||Pittsburgh|
|Frank Gore||San Francisco||Miami||7||38||0||New Orleans|
|Jericho Cotchery||Pittsburgh||NC State||1||31||1||Denver|
|Eddie Royal||Denver||Virginia Tech||2||25||0||New England|
|Will Heller||Detroit||Georgia Tech||1||10||1||New Orleans|
|Jason Snelling||Atlanta||Virginia||2||9||0||NY Giants|