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Pro Blue: Aidan Hutchinson’s sack helps Lions reach NFC Championship, other divisional round performances

It’s a great time to be a Lions fan, and this former Wolverine helped them get to the conference title.

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

There are only four teams left in the NFL Playoffs, and a handful of Michigan Wolverines helped those four squads reach their respective conference championship games.

Here are the best performance from former Michigan Wolverines in the Divisional Round, kicking things off with one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

Aidan Hutchinson with a key sack in Lions win

As our friends over at Pride of Detroit know, it is a great time to be a Detroit Lions. Dan Campbell and the Lions are heading to the NFC Championship for the first time since 1991 after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.

A few former Wolverines helped the Lions get to this point, including Michigan legend Aidan Hutchinson, who has been on an absolute tear lately. He has eight sacks in his last four games, including this one in the second half of Sunday’s win.

Hutchinson, who led the league in pressures by a wide margin and was named to his first Pro Bowl, finished this game with four tackles and two quarterback hits, including that sack.

On the other side of the ball, guard Graham Glasgow helped the Lions rush for 114 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while only allowing Jared Goff to be sacked once. And while Donovan Peoples-Jones didn’t catch a pass, he did return two punts for 18 yards.

Money Moody strikes again

To open the fourth quarter in the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Green Bay Packers, Jake Moody nailed a clutch 52-yard field goal.

His first postseason field goal attempt, a 45-yarder, did not go as planned, as it was blocked late in the second quarter.

His teammate, cornerback Ambry Thomas, was called for pass interference midway through the third quarter, and it ended up being very costly. Packers quarterback Jordan Love hit Bo Melton for a 19-yard touchdown to take the lead on the very next play.

Thomas didn’t have his best game, but he still had five total tackles, three of them solo.

Wolverines to watch in AFC, NFC championships on Sunday

Mike Danna (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Baltimore Ravens, 3 p.m. EST on CBS

Aidan Hutchinson, Graham Glasgow and Donovan People-Jones (Detroit Lions) vs. Ambry Thomas, Jake Moody and Ronnie Bell (San Francisco 49ers), 6:30 p.m. EST on FOX

Other notable performances

-In a win over the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna had one tackle.

-In a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins had five catches for 68 yards. The future is bright for Collins, who is the No. 1 receiver on a good Texans offense and paired with a pretty solid young quarterback in C.J. Stroud. It should be noted the former Ohio State quarterback was thwarted by Ravens defensive coordinator and former Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald.

-In a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, linebacker Rashan Gary had four tackles and a quarterback hit. In that same game, guard Jon Runyan was part of a Packers offensive line that helped Green Bay rush for 136 yards and did not allow Jordan Love to be sacked.