SWAC Incorporated with memorable NFL Wild Card weekend
Two former players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference football ranks starred in one of the most memorable NFL Wild Card weekends in the history of the league.
Alabama A&M alum and current linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Mathis, along with former Arkansas-Pine Bluff standout and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle, Terron Armstead, help foster a historic NFL playoff first round.
Last weekend, the Colts engineered the second-biggest comeback in playoff history, passing for 443 yards and four touchdowns and scooping up a fumble and scoring in a 45-44 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Saints defeated the favorite, Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, from a 32-yard field goal as time expired. The win earned the franchise's first playoff win on the road putting a blanket over talks on their ability to win in the cold.
Mathis, an 11-year veteran for the Colts, is having a career season.He is the NFL's regular-season leader in sacks (19.5) while making Colts' history in the same category. Mathis set the team's sack record in a season and career (111) on his way to his seventh straight pro-bowl selection.
In his rookie year, after emerging as a NFL prospect resulting from running the fastest 40-yard dash time ever by an offensive lineman (4.65), Armstead made his first NFL start two games prior to playoff action.
In his initial playoff appearance against Philadelphia and his third career start, Armstead dealt with the Eagles linebacker Trent Cole in the midst of the veteran's criticism early in the week.
With the former SWAC standouts incorporated, the Colts and Saints have advanced to the next round. Both will play Saturday, January 11.
The Saints will travel to the Seattke Seahawks with kick-off slated for 3:35 CT. The Colts will head to New England for a 7:15 CT kick time.