Former ACC Pass Receivers Recording Big Days In the 2011 NFL Playoffs
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 eight playoff games, receivers who have played collegiately at current ACC schools have accounted for 51.5% of all of the passing touchdowns thrown, 35% of the passing yardage and 27.6% percent of the pass completions.
In all 15 former ACC players--including 14 who played Atlantic Coast Conference Football--have totaled 93 catches for 1,586 yards and 17 touchdowns in the eight NFL Playoff Games to date. ACC pass receivers have averaged an eye-opening 17.1 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 eight NFL games have a combined total of 355 pass completions for 4,527 yards (12.8 average) and 33 scores.
Of the top seven pass receivers in terms of yardage in the NFL Playoffs, six are from current ACC schools including the top two. Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech) of Denver leads with 297 yards and a 29.7 per-catch average, followed by Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) of the New York Giants with 280 yards and a 21.5 per-catch average. Marques Colston, who played collegiately at Hofstra, of New Orleans is 3rd (256), but the next four are ACC products in Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) of Detroit (211); Andre Johnson (Miami) of Houston (201); Vernon Davis (Maryland) of San Francisco (180) and Jimmy Graham (Miami) of New Orleans (158).
Nicks and Davis are still alive in the playoffs and their teams will collide in this Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Receivers from ACC schools have topped the 100-yard mark in receiving seven times in this year's playoffs, twice topping the 200-yard mark for a single game. 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.
Here is a listing of NFL players who played at ACC schools in the playoffs who topped the 100-yard mark for a game:
Other ACC performances in the NFL Playoffs: