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Former Florida Safety, New York Giant Will Hill Helps Knock Detroit Lions Out of Playoff Race With Pick-Six

Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants free safety Will Hill (25) makes an interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Although the New York Giants are officially out of playoff contention, safety Will Hill didn’t let that stop him from helping to kill the Detroit Lions’ postseason dreams on Sunday night. With the Giants down 20-13 and less than five minutes left in the game, Hill picked off a Matthew Stafford throw and returned it for a 38-yard touchdown — the first of his still-young NFL career. This play, which sent the game into overtime, turned out to be crucial. Josh Brown ended up kicking a 45-yard field goal, wrapping up the 23-20 win for the Giants and snapping a two-game losing streak. Unfortunately for the Lions, they are now out of the NFC North race, with many thanks to Hill, who also had 11 tackles and one pass defense on the night.

Here’s how the 34 former Gators on NFL rosters fared this week:

  • S Matt Elam (2010-2012), Baltimore Ravens: 6 tackles
  • WR Deonte Thompson (2009-2012), Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
  • LB Jon Bostic (2010-2012), Chicago Bears: 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, fumble recovery
  • S Major Wright (2007-2009), Chicago Bears: 7 tackles
  • DE Carlos Dunlap (2007-2009), Cincinnati Bengals: 5 tackles, .5 sacks, 1 pass defense, 2 QB hits, fumble recovery
  • S Reggie Nelson (2004-2006), Cincinnati Bengals: 5 tackles, 1 pass defense
  • CB Joe Haden (2007-2009), Cleveland Browns: 2 tackles, 2 pass defenses
  • WR Andre Caldwell (2003-2007), Denver Broncos: 2 receptions for 12 yards, 1 tackle
  • LB Lerentee McCray (2008-2012), Denver Broncos: Injured – ankle
  • DE Jeremy Mincey (2004-2005), Denver Broncos: 1 tackle
  • RB Chris Rainey (2007-2011), Indianapolis Colts: Injured – ankle (out for season)
  • OT Xavier Nixon (2009-2012), Indianapolis Colts: Started at LG – key block in RB Donald Brown’s 51-yard TD run
  • S Josh Evans (2009-2012), Jacksonville Jaguars: 6 tackles
  • DT Jaye Howard (2007-2011), Kansas City Chiefs: Inactive
  • RB Mike Gillislee (2009-2012), Miami Dolphins: Inactive
  • LB Jelani Jenkins (2009-2012), Miami Dolphins: 1 tackle
  • C Mike Pouncey (2007-2010), Miami Dolphins: Started at C
  • K Caleb Sturgis (2008-2012), Miami Dolphins: No attempted field goals or PATs
  • DT Shariff Floyd (2010-2012), Minnesota Vikings: 3 tackles, 1 pass defense
  • LB Brandon Spikes (2006-2009), New England Patriots: 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
  • S Will Hill (2008-2010), New York Giants: 11 tackles, 1 pass defense, 1 interception returned for 38-yard TD
  • WR Louis Murphy (2005-2008), New York Giants: 2 receptions for 10 yards
  • DE Jermaine Cunningham (2006-2009), New York Jets: Inactive
  • WR David Nelson (2005-2009), New York Jets: 4 receptions for 33 yards, 2 TDs
  • WR Riley Cooper (2006-2009), Philadelphia Eagles: 3 receptions for 53 yards, 1 TD, 1 kick return for -4 yards
  • RT Marcus Gilbert (2006-2010), Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at RT
  • C Maurkice Pouncey (2007-2009), Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (out for season)
  • DT Ray McDonald (2002-2006), San Francisco 49ers: 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
  • WR Percy Harvin (2006-2008), Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (2008-2010), St. Louis Rams: 3 tackles, 1 pass defense
  • RB Jeff Demps (2008-2011), Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured – groin (out for season)
  • QB Rex Grossman (1999-2002), Washington Redskins: DNP
  • OL Maurice Hurt (2006-2010), Washington Redskins: Injured reserve – knee
  • TE Jordan Reed (2009-2012), Washington Redskins: Injured reserve – concussion

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Topics: Florida Gators, NFL, Will Hill

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