The NFL Playoffs are here. With wildcard weekend coming to an end, let's take a look at the Hoosiers who are on rosters of playoff teams.
The Cleveland Browns found their way into the playoffs, led by Joe Flacco, who came out of forced retirement to lead them to the playoffs. The Browns finished second in the AFC Central behind the division-winning Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland lost to the Houston Texans 45-14 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Roger Saffold was second-team All-Big Ten in 2008 and 2009 before being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Saffold has played for five teams in his career. He is currently on the Browns' practice squad.
The Cowboys were upset by the Green Bay Packers 42-32 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. They won the NFC East with a 12-5 record.
Tight end Peyton Hendershot was a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection his senior year at Indiana. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2022, making the 53-man roster out of training camp. This year, he was behind Jake Ferguson on the depth chart.
One of the pleasant surprises of the NFL season, the Detroit Lions won the NFC Central Division, clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 with a 12-5 record. They play the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Veteran quarterback Nate Sudfeld ended his Indiana career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. He is Indiana's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. Sudfeld was drafted by the Washington Commanders in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Lions are his fourth team in his seven-year career.
The Packers pulled the upset of Wild Card weekend, defeating the Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay got into the playoffs with a 9-8 record.
Offensive tackle Caleb Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2022. He did not make the 53-man roster and was signed to the practice squad. He was signed to the active roster because of lack of depth on the offensive line.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins 26-7 in frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium. They made the playoffs by winning the AFC West with a 10-6 record.
Rookie Cam Jones appeared in all 17 games totaling 17 tackles. During his Indiana career, Jones totaled 205 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, including eight sacks, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles. His senior year ended prematurely due to an injury against Nebraska.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC South Division with a 9-8 record. The Buccaneers play the Eagles in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Luke Haggard was signed as an undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay in 2023. Haggard did not make the 53-man roster and is currently on the practice squad for the Buccaneers.