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It was a wild weekend in the NFL with many former Nittany Lions among the best in the league.

Thanks to the performances of some former stars, Penn State is expected to continue its streak of appearances in all but five Super Bowls since 1967 in Super Bowl 56.

Six Nittany Lions entered the divisional round of the playoffs, but only three remain.

Here’s a dive into how these Penn State alumni fared this weekend, and that’s still going strong.

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

On the snowy grounds of Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers squared off for a bid for the NFC Championship.

As one of the deadliest passing teams in the NFL, the Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, were forced to rethink their offensive game plan due to bad weather – postponing long passes for a number of short-range throws.

The 49ers, however, were in an excellent position to edge out the Packers as the dominant running force, backed by special teams ace and former Nittany Lion Robbie Gould.

Although San Francisco’s 29 runs failed to put the 49ers in the end zone, it put Gould in position to score field goals — and he did.

With just 4:41 remaining in regulation time, San Francisco returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to tie the game.

Gould returned to the field a few minutes later to hit a game-winning field goal from 45 yards, sending Green Bay home with a final score of 13-10.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

On the other side of the Packers loss was safety Adrian Amos, who had a great cover game despite the weather.

At the Green Bay 19-yard line with just over a minute left in the first half, San Francisco looked to be in a good position to enter the half with a few points on the board, whether through a touchdown or a Gouldian field goal.

That was until Jimmy Garoppolo chose to lose his balance towards tight end George Kittle, only to find Amos’ hands.

Despite the loss, the former Penn State guard had five tackles and a quarterback in addition to his interception.

Nick Scott, Los Angeles Rams

Although he originally joined Penn State’s program as a running back, Nick Scott continued to make a name for himself as a safety last weekend against one of the league’s all-time greats. league.

Tom Brady had arguably one of the worst halves of his career in the first half of Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams, thanks in part to Scott’s lockdown performance.

In the first half, Brady threw 10 for 22 for 112 yards and an interception, intended for Rob Gronkowski but taken away by Scott – his third interception of the season.

Scott added five tackles and two passes defended in the Rams’ 30-27 win over Tampa Bay.

“Any interception is great,” Scott told reporters after his interception of Brady. “[But] there’s definitely another level of added pride whenever you can get one from him.”

Donovan Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While a former Nittany Lion picked up a win and a solid performance on Sunday, another didn’t in offensive tackle Donovan Smith.

Smith signed a 2-year, $31 million extension before this season. Against the Rams, however, Smith looked anything but worthy of that kind of pay.

Paired with 32-year-old outside linebacker Von Miller, Smith looked careless on the left side, constantly leaving Miller in the backfield for pressures on Brady.

On one occasion, Miller easily passed Smith for a strip-sack, which Miller recovered himself.

Ryan BatesBuffalo Bills

A promising talent in the NFL, Ryan Bates has shone with more opportunities in recent weeks.

Against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the story was no different.

At left guard, Bates teamed up with three-time pro bowl defensive lineman Chris Jones, and he stopped him, holding Jones to a single tackle.

He landed a starting spot on a struggling Buffalo offensive line late in the season and showed solid play on a consistent basis.

As NFL free agency kicks off after this season, Bates should expect to see a number of teams interested in his job — if the Bills don’t re-sign him, of course.

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