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Pro Blue: Nico Collins has career night in must-win game, other notable Week 18 performances

Collins had almost 200 yards in the Texans win.

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The regular season is over, with some former Michigan Wolverines heading to the postseason and others heading into the offseason.

Here are some of the best NFL performances from Week 18, starting off with a wide receiver balling out in a must-win game.

Nico Collins balls out

The Houston Texans needed to beat the Indianapolis Colts to get into the playoffs, and Nico Collins put up a career performance at the perfect time. He got off to a great start, taking the first play from scrimmage 75 yards on a receiving touchdown thrown by C.J. Stroud.

But that wasn’t the only spectacular play he made that night. I’m sure Michigan fans enjoyed watching him make this diving catch in the fourth quarter when Stroud threw up a prayer.

Collins also got PLENTY of YAC in this one.

All in all, Collins:

-tied his single-game career-high with nine catches

-Racked up 195 yards, a new single-game career-high and his fifth game this season with more than 100 yards

-a 75-yard touchdown on Houston’s very first play from scrimmage

That was a dominant performance in a game that helped the Texans clinch a playoff berth. He already has incredible chemistry with Stroud, and right in front of our eyes, he’s growing into a star receiver. On the season, Collins finished with 80 catches for 1297 yards and eight scores.

In that same game, Colts defensive end Kwity Paye had two tackles, one of them solo. He finished the year with 52 tackles and a career-high 8.5 sacks.

Hutchinson has another big game

Aidan Hutchinson has been one of the best defensive ends in football, and he was recognized for his hard work earlier this week, being named one of five Pro Bowl players for the Detroit Lions. It’s his first Pro Bowl selection, and he’s the lone former Wolverine to be honored this season.

He followed that up with his third multi-sack game of the season. In a win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Plymouth native had four solo tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and five quarterback hits.

All in all, Hutchinson wrapped up his second regular season with 51 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He also led the NFL in quarterback hurries and pressures. Not bad for your sophomore season.

Hutchinson will make his playoff debut this weekend, in the Lions’ first ever playoff game at Ford Field and the first home playoff game in 30 years. They will take on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.

In that same game, Minnesota Swiss Army Knife Josh Metellus had six tackles and a pass defensed. He finished the season with 116 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and five passes defensed.

When and where to watch former Wolverines in the playoffs

Saturday, Jan 13: Nico Collins (Houston Texans) vs Maurice Hurst (Cleveland Browns), 4:30 p.m. EST on NBC; Mike Danna (Kansas City Chiefs) vs Miami Dolphins, 8 p.m. EST on Peacock

Sunday. Jan. 14: Mason Cole (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. EST on CBS; Jourdan Lewis, Luke Schoonmaker and Mazi Smith (Dallas Cowboys) -vs Rashan Gary (Green Bay Packers), 4:30 p.m. EST on FOX; Aidan Hutchinson, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Graham Glasgow (Detroit Lions) vs Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC

Monday, Jan. 15: Brandon Graham vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN and ABC

Ambry Thomas, Jake Moody Ronnie Bell (San Francisco 49ers) - First Round Bye, Divisional opponent TBD

Other notable performances

-In a win over the Chicago Bears to clinch a playoff spot, Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary had two tackles, including a tackle for loss. He finished the season with 44 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

-In a win over the Washington Commanders to clinch the NFC East and the two-seed, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis had three tackles. He finished the season with 52 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

In that same game, Washington linebacker Khaleke Hudson had 13 tackles and three tackles for loss. He finished the season with 74 tackles and a sack in 11 games.

-In a win over the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers center Mason Cole helped the offense rush for 155 yards and a touchdown. He was part of an offensive line that allowed Mason Rudolph to be sacked three times.

-In a win over the Arizona Cardinals, Zach Charbonnet had 60 total yards, 32 on the ground and 28 through the air. He finished the season with 462 rushing yards, 209 receiving yards and a touchdown.

-In a win over the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints right guard Cesar Ruiz helped the offense rush for 154 yards and two scores. He was part of an offensive line that allowed Derek Carr to be sacked three times.

-In a win over the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill led his team with five tackles. He finished the season with 126 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

His teammate, D.J. Turner II, had three tackles. He ended the season with 47 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and six passes defensed.

-In a loss to the New York Jets, New England Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers had two tackles and a pass defensed. He finished the season with 78 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and seven passes defensed.

-In a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco kicker Jake Moody made two of his three extra point attempts and missed his lone field goal attempt from 38 yards out. He was 21-for-25 on field goals his rookie season, and 60-for-61 on extra points.