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Rudolph leads the Steelers back to the playoffs.

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The NFL’s Week 18 has come and gone, and several former Cowboys capped their season with some big plays. And a couple of them had a huge impact on the postseason.

Let’s take a look at which Cowboys showed out in the final week of the NFL’s regular season, starting with every Steelers fan’s new favorite player.

Mason Rudolph Leads Steelers to Postseason

It’s been quite the month for the former Cowboy. After seeing his first action at the end of Pittsburgh’s third straight loss, Rudolph gripped the reins of the Steelers’ offense and willed them to the playoffs.

In a must-win game at No. 1 Baltimore, in nasty rainy weather, he went 18-for-20 for 152 yards and this score.

In his three starts this year, Rudolph is 3-0 and has complete 76% of his passes, thrown three TDs and has yet to commit a turnover. And he’s got the Steelers in the postseason.

We’ll dig into this weekend’s playoff matchup later this week, but Rudolph will look to continue his Cinderella streak with a tough matchup at Buffalo on Sunday.

Justice Finds a Way

For the second time this season (with the Ravens playing a lot of their backups), Justice Hill saw the field without taking a handoff. He did, however, catch three passes from Ravens’ QB2 Tyler Huntley for 26 yards.

Hill has become a key contributor for Baltimore’s vaunted rushing attack and that should continue in the postseason.

Jaylen Warren Ready for the Playoffs

Warren had a down game in the rain, but he was still effective.

Warren mustered only 33 rushing yards and had two fumbles in the rain, losing one. He did catch all five targets from Rudolph, including that impressive catch and run.

Make no mistake, he’s been a huge part of Pittsburgh success in the run game and in pass protection. And they will need him to have a big game when they head to Buffalo for a snowy matchup with the Bills.

Also, this seems decent.

Chuba Says There’s Only One Way to Go, Up

Hubbard finished the regular season with a career-high 902 rushing yards and five TDs. It was the No. 10 highest-rushing season in Panthers history. He also caught 39 passes for 233 receiving yards. He has been Carolina’s starter since Week 6.

He capped his best season with 83 yards on 23 carries in the Panthers’ 9-0 loss to Tampa Bay. Carolina has been in full rebuild mode since the team traded away Christian McCaffrey last season, but Chuba appears to have done enough to earn an opportunity as its top rusher moving forward.

Here’s Chuba on the Panthers’ tough 2-15 finish and where they go from here.


Stay tuned later this week for a playoff preview of the Cowboys that will take part in Wild Card weekend.

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