Today, four more former Hawkeyes showed their skill in the in the playoffs with two of them coming up short. The day opened in Kansas City with guard Marshal Yanda of the Balitmore Ravens against rookie tight end Tony Moeaki and center Casey Wiegmann of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Yanda and the Ravens ended up with the upper hand on the game defeating the Chiefs convincingly 30-7. This was a disappointing end for the Chiefs after a seemingly successful season. Yanda started and continued to open holes for running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, allowing McGahee to run for a touchdown. On the Kansas City side in his playoff debut, rookie Moeaki had one catch for a gain of 22 yards — the longest gain of the day for the Chiefs. Then there was 15-year NFL veteran Wiegmann who continued his successful season at center, but the Chiefs’ five turnovers sent these two home early.
Later in the day, another Hawkeye rookie in the NFL, right tackle Bryan Bulaga of the Green Bay Packers had his playoff debut. This rookie’s day ended better with Green Bay coming up with the 21-16 win at Philadelphia. After committing four penalties against the Chicago Bears last week, Bulaga needed a solid performance today. He started, managed to finish without a penalty and helped the Packers rush for 138 yards.
Bulaga will continue in the quest to become the best performer in the playoffs in Atlanta on Saturday, January 22. There he will face former Hawkeye, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux of the Atlanta Falcons who has had an excellent year. Yanda remains in the playoffs witht he Ravens and they will play in Pittsburgh Saturday, January 22. Shonn Greene, who also remains in the playoffs with the NY Jets will play in Foxborough against the New England Patriots next Sunday, January 23.