15 players with Utah ties are alive in NFL playoff’s divisional round

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Tampa, Fla.

Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

Former Bingham High tight end Dalton Schultz had a career night in the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL wild-card playoffs on Monday night.

Schultz’s seven receptions tied a season high, his 95 receiving yards was a career high and his two touchdown receptions tied a career best.

He also became the first tight end in Cowboys history to record multiple touchdown receptions in a single postseason game.

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy pointed to the chemistry between Schultz and quarterback Dak Prescott as the reason behind their success in the wild-card round — Prescott scored five touchdowns, four passing and one rushing, while throwing for 305 yards with a 143.3 QB rating.

“That’s a great reflection of his and Dak’s relationship. Dalton goes to quarterback meetings. Talk about two guys on the same page,” McCarthy told reporters postgame.  “… You look at all the great quarterbacks in their careers, there’s probably a damn good tight end they play with for a long time, too. I think you’re seeing that connection grow.”

Schultz’s 22-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was the game’s opening score, and he later added an 11-yard touchdown grab just before halftime.

Schultz was one of several Utah ties to have a successful wild-card weekend and advance to the divisional round of the 2022 NFL playoffs.

There are 15 players with Utah ties on the rosters of the eight remaining teams in the postseason, while 13 were on teams eliminated during the wild-card playoff round.

Of those remaining in the postseason, eight are on active rosters, six on practice squads and one on injured reserve.

Here’s a look at the 15 remaining players with Utah ties still alive in the playoffs.

NFL divisional round playoff schedule


Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs, 2:30 p.m. MST (NBC)

Utah ties on Chiefs roster

Zayne Anderson, S, BYU and Stansbury High (practice squad).
Matt Bushman, TE, BYU (practice squad).
Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton High (practice squad).

Utah ties on Jaguars roster

Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 6:15 p.m. (Fox)

Utah ties on Eagles roster

Britain Covey, WR/RS, Utah and Timpview High.
Sua Opeta, OT, Weber State and Stansbury High (practice squad).
Noah Togiai, TE, Hunter High (practice squad).

Utah ties on Giants roster

Terrell Burgess, S, Utah (practice squad).


Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Utah ties on Bills roster

Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State.

Utah ties on Bengals roster

Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State.
Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham High.

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers, 4:30 p.m. (Fox)

Utah ties on 49ers roster

Fred Warner, LB, BYU.
Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah. 

Utah ties on Cowboys roster

Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham High.
Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton High (injured reserve).

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