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New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)
I feel like anytime you can get some snaps after being on the bench for a little bit always helps. —Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy

Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was sidelined for a few games due to injury, helped the New England Patriots beat the Tennessee Titans last week. The Pats will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game Sunday.

“I feel like anytime you can get some snaps after being on the bench for a little bit always helps,’’ Van Noy told the Boston Globe. “Just to be out there with the guys and get back into the rhythm of things before the playoffs is going to be huge.’’

Spiral Tropical Bowl

BYU failed to go to a bowl game for the first time since 2004, but two players from that team, safety Micah Hannemann and offensive lineman Tuni Kanuch, participated in the Spiral Tropical Bowl in Daytona, Florida, last Sunday morning.

Hannemann and Kanuch were among the seniors looking to impress NFL scouts ahead of this spring's NFL draft.

Jimmer in the CBA All-Star game

Jimmer Fredette had an impressive week in the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star festivities, finishing second in the 3-point shooting contest and helping the South beat the North, 147-138, in the All-Star game.

And finally ...

Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill helped make a big play in last Sunday's NFL playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

Hill, who plays special teams for the Saints, was part of a blocked punt during New Orleans' comeback in the fourth quarter.

Of course, as it turned out, Viking quarterback Case Keenum threw a miraculous, game-winning 61-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs with 10 seconds left to end Hill's, and the Saints', season.