After Wild Card weekend in the NFL Playoffs, only three former Tar Heels remain standing among the final eight teams.
Da’Norris Searcy and Sylvester Williams are playing on the defensive side of the ball for the Tennessee Titans, while Mack Hollins is filling in as a second string wide receiver behind Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor for the Philadelphia Eagles. Strong safety Searcy and nose tackle Williams face the formidable offense of Tom Brady and company on Saturday night in Foxborough, Mass.
The chances of advancing for the Titans are slim unless they can replicate what the Miami Dolphins did in Week 14 and explode on offense while forcing turnovers against a New England team that simply doesn’t give the ball up.
In his seventh season, Searcy has played in all 16 games, but had a career low with 12 tackles and just one interception. Similarly, Williams, in his fifth season as a pro and first as a Titan, recorded only 12 tackles and had zero sacks. Both teammates, however, stepped up in the team’s upset win in the Wild Card matchup versus the Chiefs. Searcy recorded four tackles while Williams had two and logged his first sack of the season. Tennessee will need similar performances from these Tar Heels on Saturday if they are to have any hope.
Searcy and Williams made huge contributions in their stops at North Carolina, but many Tar Heel fans were focused on the former stars drafted in this year’s NFL class. The six picks included Mitchell Trubisky, Nazair Jones, Mack Hollins, Ryan Switzer, T.J. Logan and Elijah Hood.