Tar Heels in NFL: Big NFL debut for Antonio Williams; several UNC alums make playoffs

By R.L. Bynum The feel-good Week 17 story for Carolina fans was Antonio Williams’ NFL debut for the Buffalo Bills. In the Bills’ 56–26 home win over the Miami Dolphins, Williams ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 20 more yards. https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1345831696386699265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1345831696386699265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.syracuse.com%2Fbuffalo-bills%2F2021%2F01%2Fwho-is-antonio-williams-bills-udfa-rb-scores-twice-in-buffalos-week-17-win.html It was an impressive first game for Williams, …

Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky throws for 265 in big win; Big catches for Hollins, Ebron; Holcomb, Boston play well

By R.L. Bynum While the Chicago Bears — and the media and fans — debate whether they should re-sign quarterback Mitch Trubisky, he’s throwing together some good arguments to keep him with the Bears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HMFZ4GBR18&t=472s&ab_channel=ChicagoBears Trubisky threw for 265 and two touchdowns and ran for another score in Chicago’s 41–17 road victory over the Jacksonville …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard scores twice in Bengals’ upset; Ebron hurt; Trubisky solid again

By R.L. Bynum In a frustrating season for Gio Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals, it was another Monday night to remember against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bernard, who had four touchdowns on the season coming into the game, scored on a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown to lead the Bengals to a stunning 27–17 victory …

Tar Heels in NFL: Resurgent Trubisky has big game as Bears roll

By R.L. Bynum Critics have targeted the Chicago Bears ever since they selected Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. That criticism has been valid. But, for one Sunday, Trubisky looked better than both of those other 2017 picks as he outplayed …

Tar Heels in NFL: Late fumble overshadows solid game for Trubisky; Holcomb continues to play well

By R.L. Bynum There was a lot to like about quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s game in the Chicago Bears’ 34–30 loss to the Detroit Lions. But, ultimately, his fumble on a strip-sack that led to the Lions’ game-winning touchdown will get a lot of attention. Trubisky connected on 26 of 34 passes for 267 yards with …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 11-0; Trubisky keeps starting job

By R.L. Bynum Eric Ebron ended a long Week 12 in the NFL with a positive note for former Tar Heels with seven catches for 54 yards as his Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 11-0 with a 19–14 home victory Wednesday against the short-handed Baltimore Ravens. That game marked the NFL debut for defensive tackle Aaron …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron scores TD pass as Steelers roll to 10-0; Boston leads Panthers to shutout

By R.L. Bynum Tight end Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers just keep rolling on. Ebron pulled down four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers moved to 10-0 headed into Thursday’s night’s home game against the Baltimore Ravens. After Pittsburgh rolled to a 27-3 win at Jacksonville, rookie Chase Claypool “interviewed” …

Tar Heels in NFL: Hollins’ first reception is big one; Ebron makes game-winning TD catch for 8-0 Steelers

By R.L. Bynum Mostly a special-teams player for the Miami Dolphins this season, Mack Hollins picked an excellent time to get his first reception this season. In his only reception of the game, Hollins caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, making the catch above the defender’s helmet at the far-right edge …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard scores 2 TDs, Ebron pulls down TD pass for rolling Steelers and Trubisky gets off the bench

By R.L. Bynum Gio Bernard had another productive day in helping the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Tennessee Titans 31-20 on Sunday. Before Sunday’s game, Bernard had 25 rushes on the season for 66 yards. In his second game starting in place of the injured Joe Mixon, Bernard ran 15 times for 62 yards and a …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard gets more work; Ebron, Holcomb have good games

On the same weekend that North Carolina blew out N.C. State, the author of one of the biggest plays in the history of that rivalry had his most productive game of the season. With a foot injury sidelining Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard was used much more, and he took advantage of …