Locals in the NFL: Utes alum Tyler Huntley totals 4 TDs in Ravens' near-upset over Packers

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley throws to a receiver in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Baltimore. (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)



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AROUND THE SHIELD β€” The final play didn't fall when Tyler Huntley tried to connect with tight end Mark Andrews on a 2-point conversion that would've given the Baltimore Ravens a come-from-behind win over the Green Bay Packers.

But that didn't make Huntley's second start of the season any less impressive.

The former Utah quarterback completed 28-of-40 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 73 yards and two scores to give the Ravens every chance to knock off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers before falling 31-30 Sunday.

The 6-foot-1 Florida native looked and did his best impression of 6-foot-2 Florida native Lamar Jackson while guiding the Ravens, who fell to 8-6 with the loss.

"He's a special player," said Andrews, who caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two scores from Huntley. "I think everybody on that field feels a connection with him. He puts the ball where it needs to be, his eyes are great, and I think being behind a guy like Lamar, you learn a ton. He's been able to observe all these things … and I think he's going to be a superstar in this league for a long, long time."

Huntley became the first player in Ravens franchise history to throw for two touchdowns and run for two more, according to ESPN stats and information. He did something not even done by Jackson, the starting quarterback sidelined by an ankle injury who has been the Hallendale High product's biggest cheerleader, friend and mentor on the team.

"By the time I got on the bench, he was the first one talking to me," Huntley said. "That was important."

The offensive line helped, too, limiting the Packers' defense to just two sacks and allowing Huntley to use his legs to score back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter after falling behind 31-17.

But with a chance to win on a 2-point conversion on the final play of the game for the second time in three weeks, Huntley's pass came up just short β€” same as a similar pass to Andrews (that one from Jackson) in a 20-19 loss to the Steelers in Week 13.

"Two drives before, coach Harbaugh told us to score two touchdowns and we had good faith that we'd get a 2-point conversion on that last touchdown we'd score," Huntley said. "It just didn't go as planned.

"He had space for a moment. Defense did a good job of going down and made a good play right there. I'll be able to explain more when I watch the film, but they made a good play."

Huntley wasn't the only former local college or high school quarterback from Utah to have a standout Week 15. Taysom Hill led the Saints to a 9-0 win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, and Zach Wilson threw for 170 yards and ran for a score in the Jets' loss to the Dolphins.

Here's a look at how other Locals in the NFL performed in Week 15 of the NFL's 2021 regular season.


Locals in the NFL, Week 15

Minnesota 17, Chicago 9 (Monday Night Football)

Vikings (7-7)

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Starting linebacker had four tackles on defense, one on special teams.

Bears (4-10)

  • Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Inactive for Week 15.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played five snaps on special teams.

LA Rams 20, Seattle 10 (Tuesday)

Rams (10-4)

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Connected on field goals of 55 and 35 yards, with two extra points and five kickoffs.

Seahawks (5-9)

  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting middle linebacker totaled six tackles, one pass breakup.
  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: Reserve linebacker played sparingly on defense.

Philadelphia 27, Washington 17 (Tuesday)

Eagles (7-7)

  • Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State/Stansbury: Started at left guard.

Football Team (6-8)

  • Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham; Caught one pass for a 2-yard loss
  • Nate Orchard, DE, Utah/Highland: Reserve defensive end played sparingly on defense.

Kansas City 34, LA Chargers 28 (Thursday Night Football)

Chiefs (10-4)

  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Starting safety made two tackles, two pass breakups in 34 defensive snaps, 11 on special teams.
  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Played two snaps on offense, 18 on special teams.
  • Zayne Anderson, S, BYU/Stansbury: Inactive for Week 15.

Chargers (8-6)

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Starting cornerback made four tackles, one pass breakup in all 72 defensive snaps.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Inactive for Week 15.

Indianapolis 27, New England 17

Colts (8-6)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Patriots (9-5)

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Reserve linebacker made six tackles in 47 defensive snaps.

Buffalo 31, Carolina 14

Bills (8-6)

  • Taron Johnson, DB, Weber State: Starting nickel made four tackles and a 10-yard sack.
  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah/Bingham/Snow College: Reserve defensive tackle had two tackles and a six-yard sack.
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Inactive for Week 15.

Panthers (5-9)

  • Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: Active, but did not play.

Detroit 30, Arizona 12

Lions (2-11-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Started at right tackle.
  • John Penisini, DL, Utah: Reserve nose tackle played sparingly.

Cardinals (10-4)

  • Leki Fotu, DL, Utah/Herriman: Reserve defensive tackle made three tackles.

Houston 30, Jacksonville 16

Texans (3-11)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Jaguars (2-12)

  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Inactive for Week 15.
  • Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Inactive for Week 15.

Miami 31, NY Jets 24

Dolphins (7-7)

  • Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Reserve safety made three tackles.

Jets (3-11)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Starting quarterback completed 13-of-23 passes for 170 yards, ran for 12 yards and a touchdown, and took six sacks.
  • Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah: Reserve cornerback made two tackles.

Dallas 21, NY Giants 6

Cowboys (10-4)

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Starting tight end caught eight passes for 67 yards, including 1-yard touchdown from Dak Prescott.
  • Francis Bernard, LB, Utah/BYU/Herriman: Reserve linebacker played sparingly on defense.
  • Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Inactive for Week 15.

Giants (4-10)

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Reserve running back ran for team-high 74 yards on eight carries.

Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 13

Steelers (7-6-1)

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Reserve safety made one tackle on defense.

Titans (9-5)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Cincinnati 15, Denver 10

Bengals (8-6)

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Reserve cornerback played sparingly on defense.

Broncos (7-7)

  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting wide receiver caught three passes for 42 yards, including 25-yard touchdown from Drew Lock.
  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah/Westlake/Snow College: Starting left tackle recovered a fumble.

San Francisco 31, Atlanta 13

49ers (8-6)

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Starting mike linebacker had team-high nine tackles, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Averaged 38.3 yards on four punts for 196 yards, including a long of 60 yards, plus five kickoffs.

Falcons (6-8)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Green Bay 31, Baltimore 30

Packers (11-3)

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Active but did not play.
  • Tipa Galeai, LB, Utah State: reserve linebacker played sparingly on defense.

Ravens (8-6)

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Starting quarterback completed 28-of-40 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and one sack taken, while running for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Ty'Son Williams, RB, BYU: Reserve running back played sparingly on offense.

New Orleans 9, Tampa Bay 0 (Sunday Night Football)

Saints (7-7)

  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Starting quarterback completed 13-of-27 passes for 154 yards, two sacks taken; ran for 33 yards on 11 carries.
  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Starting free safety made five tackles.
  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Inactive for Week 15.

Buccaneers (10-4)

  • No locals on the active roster.

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