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AJ Dillon has a shot at a Super Bowl with the Packers.

AJ Dillon has taken on an increased role this season. Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette via AP

As the NFL playoffs begin, former Boston College stars are well represented on the rosters.

Here’s a look at how they’ve fared this season and what roles they could play in the future:

AJ Dillon, Packers RB

After a strong rookie season, Dillon hit his stride in the second year for the Packers. He had 187 carries for 803 yards and five rushing touchdowns and added 34 catches for 313 yards and two scores. He appeared in all 17 games and is expected to play a key role in the playoffs.

Zach Allen, DE Cardinals

Allen, fresh off a touchdown on a recovered fumble against the Seahawks in Week 18, leads the Cardinals in recovered fumbles with three, tied for third in sacks with four, and has one interception. He recently injured his ankle, but it seems likely he will make his playoff debut on Monday against the Rams.

Matt Milano, Bills LB

Milano is first on the Bills in tackles for loss (15), tied for first in fumbles recovered (two), third in tackles (86) and tied for fifth in sacks (three). The fifth-year pro will try to make life difficult for Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones on Saturday night.

Harold Landry, Titans OLB

Much like Dillon, Landry can sit back and watch the first round as the Titans earned a first-round bye. Landry leads the team with 12 sacks, first with 14 tackles for loss and third with 75 tackles, and has been one of their best players this season.

Wyatt Ray, Bengals DE

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Ray has played in 15 games this season. He’s averaging one tackle per game, adding a sack and forcing a fumble against the Browns.

Isaac Yiadom, Packers BC

Yiadom, a 2018 third-round pick, made nine solo tackles in 16 games for the NFC’s No. 1 seed. This is his third NFL team in four seasons and he has played 16 games in each of the last three years.

Tommy Sweeney, Bills TE

He has nine catches for 44 yards and a touchdown for the Bills and sees action behind No. 1 tight end Dawson Knox. With temperatures expected in the single digits on Saturday, it’s possible Sweeney could see an increased role as a blocker or short pass receiver.

Isaiah McDuffie, Packers LB

The third and final Packer on the roster, McDuffie played in 13 games during his rookie season. A sixth-round pick in 2021, he earned his place on the court over the course of the season.

8 former Boston College standouts make NFL playoffs

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