Regardless of who wins the Super Bowl, a former Washington Redskins player will celebrate a championship. That's because each of the remaining four teams has a former Redskins player, three of whom used to start in Washington, on their roster.
Here are the four remaining:
San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers (2005-10): He's missed the past two playoff games because of a hamstring injury. Those are the first games he's missed in three seasons with San Francisco (and, in fact, led all 49er defenders with 1,068 snaps this season). Rogers is the 49ers most experienced cornerback, but has not practiced since Dec. 29. Rogers has intercepted nine passes in three seasons with San Francisco (helped by a six-pick season in 2011); that's one more than he had in six seasons with the Redskins. Rogers has two interceptions this season. When Rogers signed a one-year deal with San Francisco after the 2010 season, one member of the Redskins' organization predicted he would not be re-signed.
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey (1999-2003): The future Hall of Famer has endured his worst NFL season, missing time with a Lisfranc sprain and then losing his starting job. In fact, there was one game in which he did not play (against San Diego on Dec. 12). But Bailey shifted inside to play nickel back and now with Chris Harris, Jr. out after tearing his ACL Saturday, Bailey could return to a more prominent role.
Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons (2003-05): After tearing his ACL in the playoff win at Washington last season, Clemons returned to play 14 regular-season games as well as the win over New Orleans. Clemons' sack total took a hit this season. The Seahawk's starting right end has 4.5 sacks, after posting three straight seasons of at least 11.
New England defensive end Andre Carter (2006-10): He returned to New England for the final nine regular-season games after the Patriots suffered multiple injuries along their front. Carter was cut by Oakland in training camp and his 13-year career appeared just about over. But he stayed ready and has contributed two sacks as a reserve. He did play in Saturday's win over Indianapolis, but did not record a tackle.