Deacons in the NFL - Week 17
Joe Looney (49ers) is one of two former Deacons headed to the NFL playoffs

Jan. 3, 2013

By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@Wake_FB)

Josh Bush - Jets
The Jets fell 28-9 to the Bills to end their 2012 season. New York had briefly gone ahead in the second quarter, but Buffalo retook the lead just before halftime and shut out the Bills in the second half. Bush, a rookie safety and special teams player, recorded one tackle in the game for New York. In his first season in the NFL, Bush totaled nine tackles of which seven were solo efforts.

Tyson Clabo - Falcons
Clabo and the Falcons fell 22-17 to the Buccaneers but still head into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC. Atlanta has a bye in the first round of the playoffs before playing its first postseason game on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. against the Redskins, Seahawks or Vikings. Clabo started at tackle against the Buccaneers.

Chris Givens - Rams
Givens and the Rams lost 20-13 to the playoff-bound Seahawks to end their seasons. The two teams were tied for most of the fourth quarter before Russell Wilson scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 1:39 remaining in regulation to give Seattle the win. Givens led the Rams with 54 receiving yards, coming on two catches. He was targeted three times. In his rookie season, Givens caught 42 passes for 698 yards and three touchdowns.

Joe Looney - 49ers
Looney and the 49ers took down the Cardinals 27-13 to lockup the NFC West crown, the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye. Looney was inactive for the game against Arizona but remains No. 2 on the depth chart at the left guard position. The 49ers will host their first playoff game on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. against the Packers, Redskins or Seahawks.



Calvin Pace - Jets
Pace and the Jets dropped a 28-9 decision to the Bills in the final game of the season. Pace, a linebacker, made two tackles, one for a loss, and also had one pass defended. Pace finished the year with 35 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery.

Steve Vallos - Jaguars
Vallos and the Jaguars fell 38-20 to the Titans in Week 17. Vallos played at offensive tackle for Jacksonville for the second week in a row and earned a start against Tennessee. He appeared in four NFL games during the 2012 season after also appearing in two games with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kyle Wilber - Cowboys
In the game that decided the NFC East title, the Cowboys fell 28-18 at the road at the Redskins, ending their playoff hopes. A rookie linebacker, Wilber made a season-high two tackles for the Cowboys in the game and finished his first NFL season with five stops.

Injured/Practice Squad
Brandon Ghee - Bengals (Injured Reserve)
Chris DeGeare - Titans (Practice Squad Injured)

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