Gators in the NFL: Fowler sacks Brady twice in AFC Championship

Tom Brady, Dante Fowler
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler during the first half of the AFC championship game, Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. stopped the Patriots’ opening drive with a sack of Tom Brady, forcing New England to settle for a field goal in Jacksonville’s 24-20 loss to New England on Sunday.
Both of Fowler’s sacks came on third down plays, with the second leading to a Patriot punt in the second quarter. Fowler also made three tackles and dropped back into coverage on occasion when the Jags’ defensive scheme called for it.
Fowler finishes the season with 10 sacks, 24 tackles and two forced fumbles while teammate Lerentee McCray finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the year.

Around the NFL, Eagles tight end Trey Burton made one reception for 12 yards on two targets in Philadelphia’s 38-7 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game. Heading into the game, teams who play indoors for their home games were 0-12 in Conference Championships played in outdoor stadiums and Philadelphia kept that streak intact with their win. Minnesota was also the only NFL team all year not to allow a defensive touchdown this year until the pick-six by Patrick Robinson to even the game at seven points apeice.
There will be at least one former Gator who gets a Super Bowl ring this year as Trey Burton and Jaylen Watkins both play for the Eagles and Mike Gillislee is on New England’s roster despite his lack of playing time.
Side Note: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was selected as a Pro Bowl starter and Falcons safety Keanu Neal was selected as a replacement for Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins who will be playing in Super Bowl LII.
Also, Danny Wuerffel’s backup in college Brian Schottenheimer was announced as Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


This Gators in The NFL list only includes the players who finished their college careers at UF and didn’t transfer to finish up elsewhere.

Arizona Cardinals
D.J. Humphries (T) — Injured reserve
Earl Okine (DE) — Practice Squad
Atlanta Falcons
Keanu Neal (SS)
Brian Poole (DB)
Joey Ivie (DE) — Practice Squad
Buffalo Bills
Deonte Thompson (WR)
Carolina Panthers
Bryan Cox Jr. (DE)
Chicago Bears
Jonathan Bullard (DT)
Cincinnati Bengals
Carlos Dunlap (DE)
Cleveland Browns
Caleb Brantley (DT)
Kelvin Taylor (RB)
Dallas Cowboys
Chaz Green (T)
Denver Broncos
Max Garcia (G)
Detroit Lions
Jarrad Davis (LB)
Teez Tabor (CB)
Houston Texans
Chris Thompson (WR)
Indianapolis Colts
Jon Bostic (LB) — Injured reserve
Quincy Wilson (CB)
Antonio Morrison (ILB)
Matt Jones (RB)
Jacksonville Jaguars
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE)
Lerentee McCray (DE)
Kansas City Chiefs
Demarcus Robinson (WR)
Los Angeles Rams
Dominique Easley (DT) — Injured reserve
Miami Dolphins
Mike Pouncey (C)
Minnesota Vikings
Mack Brown (RB)
Sharrif Floyd (DT) — Injured Reserve
New England Patriots
Mike Gillislee (RB)
New Orleans Saints
Alex Anzalone (LB) — Injured Reserve
New York Giants
Jon Halapio (OT)
New York Jets
Jonotthan Harrison (C)
Marcus Maye (S)
Oakland Raiders
Reggie Nelson (DB)
David Sharpe (OT)
Philadelphia Eagles
Trey Burton (TE)
Jaylen Watkins (DB)
Caleb Sturgis (K) — Injured Reserve
Pittsburgh Steelers
Marcus Gilbert (T) — On suspended list
Maurkice Pouncey (C)
Joe Haden (CB)
Jake McGee (TE) — Practice Squad
San Francisco 49ers
Trent Brown (T)
Louis Murphy (WR)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vernon Hargreaves (CB) — Injured reserve
Justin Trattou (DE) — Injured reserve
Washington Redskins
Quinton Dunbar (CB)
Alex McCalister (DE)
Jordan Reed (TE) — Injured reserve