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Ex-Cats Tamme, Trevathan, Woodyard to play in Super Bowl XLVII
by Ben Tompkins,posted Jan 21 2014 3:32PM
When the Broncos and Seahawks meet up on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, three former players from the University of Kentucky will be playing for a ring.
Denver’s 26-16 win on Sunday over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots secured a Super Bowl berth for ex-Cats Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Jacob Tamme.
A defense led in tackles all season by Trevathan, and leadership by Woodyard, the Broncos were faced with a tough task on Sunday after eliminating the San Diego Chargers 24-17 the week before.
Bill Belichick and the Brady Bunch were rolling into Mile High Stadium seeking to send their quarterback to be the first in league history to play in six Super Bowls, but the former Kentucky players led a defensive frontier that bent and didn’t break until the Patriots finally scored their first touchdown with 9:26 left to play in the fourth quarter.
Trying to battle back from 23-10 Denver lead at that point, the Patriots would only score once more before the final seconds ran off the clock. Sticking to the script that was written all year, Trevathan continued to lead the way for the Broncos defenders as the former Kentucky standout recorded eight solo tackles in the win over the Patriots.
Through Denver’s two playoff wins, Trevathan has combined for 11 assisted tackles and 12 solo, continuing to add to his regular season and league’s 11th best total of 129. Although this was his first year starting week in and week out, and only second in the league, Trevathan’s team leading tackles and interceptions, three, make a strong argument that he could return as one of next year’s premiere linebackers.
Seen rallying his teammates while Peyton was busy leading his electric offense down the field, Wesley Woodyard’s performance in the game solidified his role on Denver’s team as not only a defensive force, but a motivator of men. Woodyard’s two tackles in the AFC Championship raised his 2013-2014 campaign to 86 tackles on the year, adding an interception and two forced fumbles along the way.
We’ve heard, read and talked about Trevathan and Woodyard all year long, but Sunday, there was another ex-Cat that reminded viewers of the NFL that UK doesn’t always send players to the national football league, but when they do, they make big plays at big times.
Staged at the goal line midway through the second quarter, as Peyton dropped three steps and scanned his progressions, he found a sitting Jacob Tamme that ushered in the first touchdown of the game.
Tamme, who throughout the season played a lesser role in Denver’s offense behind Julius Thomas, amassed 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 receptions. Coincidentally, his only touchdown of the year was scored during the Patriots and Broncos week 12 meeting when the Broncos fell in Foxboro, 34-31.
As February 2 draws closer and the anticipation builds up, Trevathan says it’s just another day on the job.
"We aren't going to do anything different,” said Trevathan to Patriots.com. We're just preparing and staying within our realm. Just getting excited and getting motivated to go out here and try to put together a good 60 minutes.
"I'm just ready to go. It's another game, it's another opportunity for me to play the game that I love and be out here with my dogs."
Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18, on Instagram @bennythekid01, and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.