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Monday, December 31, 2012

BYU in NFL, Week 17: Unga activated, Fangupo crosses the country, Poppinga still popping people

The most exciting part of the final week in the NFL regular season for former Brigham Young Cougars was Harvey Unga finally being active for a game. Hebron Fangupo continued to play musical chairs leaving Seattle for Pittsburgh. Brady Poppinga continued to be a solid contributor in Dallas.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, Tight End

Pitta caught zero passes as the Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-17. The outcome of the game had no bearing on the Ravens' playoff position, so Pitta and many other Ravens starters did not play much. Despite the loss, the Ravens finished the season as AFC North Division Champions. 

Stats
This week: 0 receptions, 0 yards 
Season: 61 receptions, 669 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1 tackle

Baltimore Ravens: 10-6
Next: Indianapolis Colts, January 6

Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End

Just like Pitta, Keisel ended his big season with a quiet day. He made just one tackle. The Steelers won 24-10 against the Cleveland Browns, but the season is over in the Steel City as the Steelers failed to make the playoffs.

Stats
This week: 1 tackles (1 solo)
Season: 46 tackles (1 solo), 4.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 pass break up, 1 fumble recovery

Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-8

John Denney, Miami Dolphins, Long Snapper

Denney's workload was limited this week as the Dolphins offense did not score any touchdowns. He snapped for one field goal that missed, and five punts. The final punt was 53 yards and Denney downed it at the New England 16-yard line with 6:27 to play in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins lost 28-0.  

Stats
This week: 1 downed punt
Season: 1 tackle (1 solo), 1 forced fumble, 1 downed punt

Miami Dolphins: 7-9

Dallas Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles, Center

Reynolds started for the 14th consecutive week. The Eagles lost to the New York Giants 42-7 to end a dismal season. 

Philadelphia Eagles: 4-12

Bryan Kehl, Washington Redskins, Linebacker

Kehl played for the Redskins in a 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys that clinched the NFC East Division championship and a playoff spot. Kehl did not record any stats.  

Stats
This week: none
Season: 6 tackles (2 solo).

Washington Redskins: 10-6
Next: Seattle Seahawks, January 6

Vic So’oto, Washington Redskins, Linebacker

So’oto did not play for the Redskins in their 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins won the NFC East Division Championship and will play in the playoffs.   

Stats
This week: none
Season: 1 tackle

Washington Redskins: 10-6
Next: Seattle Seakawks, January 6

Brady Poppinga, Dallas Cowboys, Linebacker

Poppinga continued to see the field and make the most of his opportunity in Dallas. Early in the first quarter, he had back to back tackles first and second downs that set up a 3rd and 2 that the Redskins failed to convert. Only one of his four tackles came on special teams. The Cowboys lost the game, 28-18, which eliminated them from playoff contention.

Stats
This week: 4 tackles (2 solo)
Season: 12 tackles (7 solo), 1 pass defensed

Dallas Cowboys: 8-8

Hebron Fangupo, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Tackle

Fangupo's playing career in Seattle ended just as suddenly and abruptly as it began. The Seahawks waived Fangupo on Friday and was picked up by the Steelers the next day. He did see some playing time in the Steelers' 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, but recorded no stats. The move hurts Fangupo, since the Steelers did not make the playoffs, but the Seahawks did.

Stats
This week: none
Season: none

Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-8

Harvey Unga, Chicago Bears, Running Back
After two long seasons, Unga finally got a taste of the NFL. The Bears activated him just a few days before the final game of the season. He suited up, but did not play in the Bears' 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Despite being 10-6, the Bears did not make the playoffs.

Stats
This week: none
Season: none

Chicago Bears: 10-6

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