Anderson, Lynch and Mebane Move on to Super Bowl XLVIII
BERKELEY – Three former Cal football players – C.J. Anderson (Denver), Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) and Brandon Mebane (Seattle) – were on teams winning conference championships in the NFL Playoffs on Sunday and have moved on to Super Bowl XLVIII. Cal has now had at least one former player on a Super Bowl roster 12 times in the last 13 seasons. Anderson, Lynch and Mebane have all reached the Super Bowl for the first time in their careers.
The Broncos and Seahawks will square off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Feb. 2, with kickoff scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET/3:25 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by FOX.
Lynch rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries including a 40-yard touchdown run in the Seahawks 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday while Mebane contributed a pair of tackles. The 100-yard rushing game for Lynch was his second in a row in this year’s playoffs and the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career in six postseason contests.
Anderson was on the active roster but did not play for the Broncos in a 26-16 home win in the AFC Championship Game over a New England Patriots squad featuring former Golden Bears Andre Carter and Shane Vereen.
Vereen started the contest for the Patriots and contributed four rushes for 34 yards and five catches for 59 yards. Carter played in the contest off the bench but did not record any statistics other than participation.
All told, 16 former Cal players were involved with teams in this year’s NFL Playoffs.
Keenan Allen (San Diego), Brian De La Puente (New Orleans), Lavelle Hawkins (San Diego), Cameron Jordan (New Orleans), Ron Rivera (Carolina, head coach), Richard Rodgers (Carolina, special teams coordinator) and Steve Williams (San Diego) reached the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia), Marvin Jones (Cincinnati), Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) had their campaigns end during the league’s Wild-Card Weekend.