Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) leaps over New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the first half of the AFC Championship Game. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Jan. 19, 2014
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL: CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Georgia will have three former Bulldogs playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2: Denver's Champ Bailey and Knowshon Moreno and Seattle's Chris Clemons. Georgia will be represented in the Super Bowl for the 13th straight season -- the all-time best mark in program history.
Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
Bailey started at cornerback in Denver's 26-16 victory over New England in the AFC Championship Game. Bailey notched three tackles for the Broncos. Bailey, who has been in the NFL since 1999, will be making his first appearance in the Super Bowl when Denver faces Seattle on Feb. 2. He dealt with a nagging foot injury for most of the season, missing 11 games.
"This is what it's all about, get yourself a chance to get in the big one," Bailey told The Denver Post. "That's where we are now. I knew I would come back — you might not have known — but I knew I'd be back at some point. My coaches and teammates never gave up on me. And here I am, playing my best football of the year. I'm just looking forward to the next one, man."
Chris Clemons, DE, Seattle Seahawks
Clemons started at defensive end in Seattle's 23-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. Clemons registered four tackles. Clemons and the Seahawks will take on Denver on Feb. 2 in the Super Bowl. Clemons entered the NFL in 2003 and will be playing in his first Super Bowl.
Demarcus Dobbs, TE/DT, San Francisco 49ers
Dobbs came off the bench at defensive tackle in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to Seattle in the NFC Championship Game. He registered one tackle.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Moreno started at running back in the Broncos' 26-16 win over New England in the AFC Championship Game. Moreno was the game's leading rusher, compiling 59 yards on 14 carries. He had a 28-yard run to set up a second-quarter touchdown that put the Broncos ahead 10-0. Moreno also had two catches for 22 yards, including an 18-yarder. He left the game with a fourth-quarter chest injury. Moreno was Denver's first-round draft pick in 2009 and will be playing in his first Super Bowl. He is a native of New Jersey and the Super Bowl will be held in East Rutherford, N.J.