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Relatively unknown Erik Walden making big plays for Packers on 'D'

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Erik Walden remained confident about his future in the NFL after he got cut, figuring his next chance would come as a special teams contributor.

Even he didn't imagine making big plays on defense to help send the Green Bay Packers to the playoffs.

After being cut by Miami, Walden signed with the Packers Oct. 27 and was pressed into action only four days later against the New York Jets. The linebacker saved his best performance for Sunday, with two sacks and 11 total tackles as the Packers clinched a playoff berth with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Going into a playoff game at Philadelphia on Sunday, Walden might be called on again for a team that is playing strong defense despite dealing with a rash of injuries all season.

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