HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first round of the 2020-21 NFL Playoffs are in the books — all four of the players with links to Hawaii were eliminated this past weekend, after the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated in the Wild Card round.
Starting on Saturday, The Indianapolis Colts were eliminated by the Buffalo Bills, after a last ditch hail mary pass was batted down, giving Buffalo the 27-24 victory. Punahou alumni Deforest Buckner was held to only two tackles and a quarterback hit on Saturday, while former UH specialist Rigoberto Sanchez punted twice for Indy.
In a surprise move, the Chicago Bears elevated former Punahou standout Manti Te’o to their active roster ahead of Chi-town’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Te’o would get the start at inside linebacker on Sunday, notching 6 tackles in the Bears 21-9 loss to his former team — the former Heisman finalist played for the Saints from 2017 to 2019.
Saint Louis graduate Tyson Alualu and the Pittsburgh Steelers capped off Sunday night with a game against the Cleveland Browns. Alualu recorded three tackles in a 48-37 upset loss to the Browns at Heinz Field.
The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with the Divisional round.