Michael Palmer playing for Super Bowl spot when Falcons host 49ers

Former Clemson tight end is one of 24 former ACC players on rosters of NFL semifinalists

Former Tiger and current Atlanta Falcon Michael Palmer enjoys the game in Atlanta

Photo by Mark Crammer

Former Tiger and current Atlanta Falcon Michael Palmer enjoys the game in Atlanta

Michael Palmer is looking for a championship.

The former Clemson tight end will be part of the mix today when the Atlanta Falcons play host to the San Francisco 49ers for NFC title on Sunday and a spot in the Super Bowl against the New England-Baltimore winner.

Utilized primarily as a blocker, Palmer has six receptions, including one touchdown, this season.

Palmer is the only former Clemson player remaining in the playoffs, and is one of 24 former ACC players on the rosters of the four semifinalists.

Eight other former ACC players play for the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan (Boston College), punter Matt Bosher (Miami), offensive tackle Tyson Ciabo (Wake Forest), fullback Mike Cox and defensive tackle Vance Walker (Georgia Tech), safety Chris Hope and running back Antone Smith (Florida State), and running back Jason Snelling (Virginia).

Playing for the 49ers are linebacker Tavares Gooden and running back Frank Gore (Miami), offensive lineman Joe Looney (Wake Forest), linebacker Ahmad Brook and linebacker Cam Johnson (Virginia), and tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland).

The Ravens have seven former ACC players, including veteran linebacker Ray Lews, safety Ed Reed and offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie (Miami), wide receiver Torrey Smith (Maryland), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (FSU), and running back Anthony Allen (Georgia Tech).

New England has two former ACC players - long-snapper Danny Aiken (Virginia) and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (Miami).

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