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How they fared: Minshew, Colts stumble out of playoff picture

Jan. 9—Former Washington State quarterback and current Indianapolis Colts starter Gardner Minshew won't be among the players competing in the NFL playoffs this week.

The Colts needed to beat the Houston Texans in order to keep their season alive, instead falling 23-19 in the regular-season finale Saturday in Indianapolis.

Minshew went a measly 13-of-24 passing for 141 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the loss. A pass thrown behind running back Tyler Goodson was dropped on fourth down late in the game, ending the Colts' playoff hopes.

Several other local products ended their NFL seasons over the weekend, with a few more backups and bench players advancing to the postseason.

Here's how the locals fared in Week 18 and who is moving on:

Washington State

Frankie Luvu, ILB, Panthers: A starter at linebacker, he recorded six tackles (three solo), one quarterback hit and one forced fumble in a 9-0 loss to the Buccaneers. The Panthers finished 2-15.

Jalen Thompson, FS, Cardinals: A starter at safety, he tallied two solo tackles and one pass defensed in a 21-20 loss to the Seahawks. The Cardinals finished 4-13.

Jaylen Watson, CB, Chiefs: A backup at cornerback, he had eight solo tackles and two passes defensed in a 13-12 win against the Chargers. The Chiefs received a No. 3 seed in the playoffs and will face the No. 6 Dolphins at 5:15 p.m. Saturday (Peachock) in a wild-card matchup.

Daiyan Henley, ILB, Chargers: The rookie linebacker had two tackles (one solo) in the loss to the Chiefs. The Chargers finished 5-12.

Abraham Lucas, OT, Seahawks: A starter at right tackle, he helped the team rush for 138 yards (5.5 average) and allowed zero sacks in a 21-20 win against the Cardinals. The Seahawks ended their season at 9-8.

Andre Dillard, OT, Titans: Did not play in a 28-20 win against the Jaguars. The Titans finished 6-11.

River Cracraft, WR, Dolphins: A backup at wide receiver, he had one reception for 18 yards on his lone target in a 21-14 loss to the Bills. The Dolphins are the No. 6 seed in the playoffs and will face the No. 3 Chiefs at 5:15 p.m. Saturday (Peachock) in a wild-card matchup.

Daniel Ekuale, DT, Patriots: On the injured reserve with a biceps injury, he did not play in a 17-3 loss to the Jets. The Patriots finished 4-13.

Easop Winston Jr., WR, Seahawks: A member of the practice squad, he did not play in a win against the Cardinals. The Seahawks ended their season at 9-8.

Idaho

Kaden Elliss, ILB, Falcons: A starter at linebacker, he racked up three tackles (two solo) against his former team in a 48-17 loss to the Saints. The Falcons finished 7-10.

Christian Elliss, ILB, Patriots: A backup at linebacker, he played 23 special teams snaps (82%) but did not record a tackle in a 17-3 loss to the Jets. The Patriots finished 4-13.

Noah Elliss, DT, Eagles: On the practice squad, he did not play in a 27-10 loss to the Giants. The Eagles received a No. 5 seed in the NFL playoffs and will play the No. 4 Buccaneers at 5:15 p.m. Monday (ESPN/ABC) in a wild-card game.

Jesse Davis, OL, 49ers: On the practice squad, he did not play in a 21-20 loss to the Rams. The 49ers are a No. 1 seed in the playoffs and have a bye during the wild-card round.

Salmon River High

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Cowboys: On the injured reserve with a neck strain, he did not play in a 38-10 loss to the Commanders. The Cowboys are a No. 2 seed and will play the No. 7 Packers at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (FOX).