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Former Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser comes up big for Titans

Firkser's touchdown was the first-ever scored by a Harvard graduate in an NFL playoff game.

Anthony Firkser put the Titans on the scoreboard with a touchdown reception in the first quarter. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

In the first quarter of Saturday’s wild-card game against the Patriots, Titans tight end Anthony Firkser became the first player from Harvard to score a postseason touchdown in NFL history. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill found Firkser open in the end zone for a 12-yard score to give Tennessee a 7-3 lead.

But Firkser’s biggest catch of the game came in the fourth quarter. On 3rd-and-8, with Tennessee leading 14-13 and less than three minutes remaining, Firkser hauled in an 11-yard pass from Tannehill to convert a crucial first down. Had New England’s defense come up with a stop, the Titans would have been forced to punt from their own 15-yard line.

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Firkser, a New Jersey native, played 29 games at Harvard. The 24-year-old ranks sixth all-time in touchdown receptions and ninth all-time in school history in receiving yards.

After graduating with a degree in applied mathematics, Firkser went undrafted in 2017. Before signing with the Titans in May 2018, he spent four months with the Jets and a season on the Chiefs’ practice squad.

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