EUGENE, Ore. - The New England Patriots got a 73-yard touchdown run Saturday from LeGarrette Blount, a former Oregon Duck whose suspension his final season in Eugene allowed the next man up - LaMichael James - to take the field.
Depending on how next Sunday's championship games shake out, the former teammates might line up as opponents in the Super Bowl.
Of the former Ducks on the rosters of the teams in the AFC and NFC, Blount may be on the hottest streak.
After a slow start in his first season with the Patriots, Blount ran for a total of four touchdowns in his last two regular-season games - then got four more against the Colts, rushing for 166 yards.
Blount tied Curtis Martin's team record of 166 yards rushing in a playoff game and is the only player besides Ricky Watters, who had five touchdowns for San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994, with four or more in a postseason game.
"I'm really confident," Blount said. "Those guys in front of me, they don't get tired. I ain't going to get tired. And if we're going to be able to continue running the football like that throughout the playoffs, then I'll be happy."
The Patriots face the Broncos in Denver at Mile High Stadium. Former Duck safety John Boyett is on Denver's practice squad.
James and the 49ers head to Seattle. The former Duck All-American's San Franciso teammates include former Oregon player Adam Snyder at guard. Will Tukuafu suffered a season-ending injury in his first reception as fullback.
The Seahawks have two former Ducks: Walter Thurmond at cornerback and Max Unger at center.