Veteran kicker Shayne Graham, signed by New Orleans about two weeks ago, drilled four field goals with a miss -- including a 32-yarder on the last play -- Saturday night in Philadelphia to give the Saints their first road playoff victory in franchise history.
Graham is used to making big kicks. Even before coming to the NFL, he drilled a field goal at Boston College to preserve the Virginia Tech Hokies' famous 11-0 season in 1999. That day, he was Michael Vick's teammate. But Saturday, he knocked Vick out of the playoffs.
Listed by jersey number (if still applicable), name, connections and statistics:
HB 30 Cedric Peerman (U.Va., William Campbell High): Reserve; 1 kickoff return for 23 yards.
DB 32 Chris Crocker (Marshall, Deep Creek High): Started; 2 tackles, including a shared sack for a 3-yard loss (also counts as QB hit).
ILB Bruce Taylor (Va. Tech): Signed to practice squad Nov. 4.
SS 41 Antoine Bethea (Howard U., Denbigh High): Started; team-high 9 tackles; defended 1 pass.
LB 53 Kavell Conner (Clemson, Manchester High): Reserve; 6 tackles (2 on kickoffs).
LB 59 Cam Johnson (U.Va.): Reserve; no stats.
OLB 56 Lawrence Sidbury (U. of Richmond): On reserve/injured list.
CB 28 Greg Toler (St. Paul’s College): Started; 2 tackles (1 on play on which Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles was injured).
RB 44 Ahmad Bradshaw (Marshall University, Graham High): Out for the rest of the season because of a neck injury that requires surgery.
Kansas City Chiefs:
LT 76 Branden Albert (U.Va.): Started; no stats.
CB 24 Brandon Flowers (Va. Tech): Started; 3 tackles; defended 2 passes, including 1 interception with a 17-yard return; suffered third-quarter injury.
LB 55 Akeem Jordan (James Madison, Harrisonburg High): Reserve; no stats.
San Diego Chargers:
T 67 Nick Becton (Va. Tech): Returned to practice squad Nov. 18.
CB 22 Derek Cox (W&M): Reserve; no stats.
DL 98 Sean Lissemore (W&M): Not active (shoulder injury).
K 9 Nick Novak (Maryland, Albemarle High): Kicked field goals of 25 and 23 yards; 3-for-3 on PATs; 1 tackle; kickoffs of 62, 60, 64, 66, 58 and 41 yards.
WR-KR 11 Eddie Royal (Westfield High, Va. Tech): Started; 1 carry for 9 yards; targeted twice; 1 catch for 33 yards.
San Francisco 49ers:
LB 55 Ahmad Brooks (U.Va., C.D. Hylton High): Started; 6 tackles, including 2 sacks for 10 yards in losses (also counts as 2 QB hits); forced 1 fumble that Green Bay recovered; committed 5-yard offside penalty.