​A former Maverick helped extend Nebraska's Super Bowl streak to 26 years.

Lincoln Pius X grad Greg Zuerlein kicked the tying and winning field goals to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 26-23 win over the New Orleans Saints in overtime. His 57-yard kick was the longest winning field goal in NFL playoff history.

Nebraska All-American Ndamukong Suh, who will be playing in his first Super Bowl, had four tackles, including one for a loss, and 1½ sacks.

A second Rams defensive linemen with local ties will also be playing in his first Super Bowl. Matt Longacre was an All-Nebraska football standout at Millard West and an MIAA defensive player of the year at Northwest Missouri.

Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead had two rushing touchdowns, one in the fourth quarter and the winning score in overtime, to help the Patriots reach back-to-back Super Bowls and his second overall. He finished with 12 carries for 41 yards and four receptions for 23 yards.

The Husker streak, which is the longest of any program, includes those on the active roster, practice squad or injured reserve.

Another Nebraskan will play a prominent role at the Super Bowl

Maroon 5 is playing the halftime show alongside rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott. James Valentine, Maroon 5's guitarist, was born in Nebraska. He went to Lincoln Southeast. He graduated from UNL.

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