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Trevor Siemian scores 2 TDs, Dean Lowry logs season-high sacks, and more from the NFL’s Week 18

Here's what former Wildcats have been up to across the league.

With more than a dozen former Wildcats active in the NFL, we’re tracking all the Northwestern news from across the league. Below, we break down latest from Week 18.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian scores 2 TDs in New Orleans Saints’ win

After New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a foot injury, per the team, former Northwestern Wildcat Trevor Siemian stepped in and led the Saints to victory. Siemian threw two touchdown passes and was nine for 15 for 71 yards in New Orleans’ 30-20 win. The Saints’ performance was not enough to secure them a spot in the playoffs, however, given the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers later that day. The team ended the season with a 9-8 record despite starting four different quarterbacks this year.

"The season is never straightforward any year, [but] as bad as things were at times or as weird as they felt, the leadership in the locker room and the coaching [staff] kept us on the straight and narrow," Siemian said in Sunday’s postgame press conference. "It stinks right now to be missing out, but to get nine wins, all things considered…it's something to be proud of."

Green Bay Packers’ defensive linemen Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster set season-high stats

Though the Green Bay Packers lost their final contest of the regular season — a 37-30 fall to the Detroit Lions — defensive linemen and former Northwestern Wildcats Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster each set personal records in this week’s game. Lowry finished the regular season with 38 combined tackles and five sacks. By logging the Packers’ only sack in their matchup against the Lions, he topped his previous season-high sack count set in Week 16. Lancaster ended the regular season with 26 combined tackles, the most he’s recorded in his four seasons in the league. Both Lowry and Lancaster can expect to take the field in two weeks for the divisional round of the playoffs, when the Packers will host the lowest remaining seed in the NFC.

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Shorthanded Wildcats Shock No. 10 Michigan State

The Wildcats put up an incredible effort, without Pete Nance, to escape East Lansing with a win.

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Northwestern Avoids Collapse and Defeats Rutgers in Big Ten Matchup

A double-digit lead evaporates in the fourth quarter, but a Veronica Burton-led Wildcats find a way to win at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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Maryland Outlast Northwestern in Big Ten Matchup

Pete Nance records double-double but Eric Ayala and the Terrapins find a way to hand the Wildcats a fourth straight loss.

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