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B1G players in NFL championship weekend

My favorite weekend of the NFL season is upon us. I love the conference championship games, as we get two thrilling contests with none of the silliness that Super Bowl weekend brings. (And as a side note, I think the upcoming college football semifinals will be even better).

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at which Big Ten products are still playing this weekend with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line.

AFC championship game

Baltimore Ravens

Active roster:

Sean Considine, S, Iowa

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Sam Koch, P, Nebraska

Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue

Marshal Yanda, OL, Iowa

Practice squad:

Jack Cornell, OL, Illinois

New England Patriots

Active roster:

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE Illinois

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Illinois

Tavon Wilson, DB, Illinois

Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa

Tom Brady, QB, Michigan

Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Marquice Cole, CB, Northwestern

Nate Ebner, DB, Ohio State

Niko Koutouvides, LB, Purdue

Rob Ninkovich, DL,Purdue

Injured/Reserve list:

Brad Herman, TE, Iowa

Practice squad:

Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern

Jeff Tarpinian, LB, Iowa

Physically unable to perform list:

Jake Ballard, TE, Ohio State

NFC championship game

San Francisco 49ers

Active roster:

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State

Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State

Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan

Alex Boone, OL, Ohio State

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State

Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State

Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State

NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin

Reserve/Injured list:

Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

Practice squad:

Al Netter, OG, Northwestern

Nate Stupar, LB, Penn State

Atlanta Falcons

Active roster:

Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa

Peter Konz, OG, Wisconsin

Reserve/injured list:

Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin

Practice squad:

Andrew Szczerba, TE, Penn State

In case you're wondering, here's how the breakdown goes of players on active rosters by Big Ten school:

Ohio State: 5

Illinois: 4

Iowa: 4

Michigan: 3

Purdue: 3

Michigan State: 2

Nebraska: 2

Wisconsin: 2

Indiana: 1

Northwestern: 1

Penn State: 1

Minnesota: 0