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Friday, January 18, 2013
B1G players in NFL championship weekend

By Brian Bennett

My favorite weekend of the NFL season is upon us. I love the conference championship games, as we get two thrilling contests with none of the silliness that Super Bowl weekend brings. (And as a side note, I think the upcoming college football semifinals will be even better).

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at which Big Ten products are still playing this weekend with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line.

AFC championship game

Baltimore Ravens

Active roster:

Sean Considine, S, Iowa
Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
Sam Koch, P, Nebraska
Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue
Marshal Yanda, OL, Iowa

Practice squad:

Jack Cornell, OL, Illinois

New England Patriots

Active roster:

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE Illinois
Brandon Lloyd, WR, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, DB, Illinois
Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa
Tom Brady, QB, Michigan
Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Marquice Cole, CB, Northwestern
Nate Ebner, DB, Ohio State
Niko Koutouvides, LB, Purdue
Rob Ninkovich, DL,Purdue

Injured/Reserve list:

Brad Herman, TE, Iowa

Practice squad:

Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
Jeff Tarpinian, LB, Iowa

Physically unable to perform list:

Jake Ballard, TE, Ohio State

NFC championship game

San Francisco 49ers

Active roster:

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan
Alex Boone, OL, Ohio State
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State
Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin

Reserve/Injured list:

Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

Practice squad:

Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
Nate Stupar, LB, Penn State

Atlanta Falcons

Active roster:

Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa
Peter Konz, OG, Wisconsin

Reserve/injured list:

Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin

Practice squad:

Andrew Szczerba, TE, Penn State

In case you're wondering, here's how the breakdown goes of players on active rosters by Big Ten school:

Ohio State: 5
Illinois: 4
Iowa: 4
Michigan: 3
Purdue: 3
Michigan State: 2
Nebraska: 2
Wisconsin: 2
Indiana: 1
Northwestern: 1
Penn State: 1
Minnesota: 0