Colts Defeat Texans 28-16, Play Starters All The Way Through

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If there ever was an argument against resting your starters in a "meaningless" game, Week 17's Texans v. Colts game was it.

Andrew Luck started Sunday's 28-16 win over the Texans, and unlike the 2009 starting QB for Indianapolis (some dude named Manning), Luck played the entire game, start to finish, even though the contest was "meaningless."

I say "meaningless" in terms of playoff seeding. The Colts locked up their spot in the post-season last week with a win in Kansas City. They were the No. 5 team in the AFC playoffs, win or lose. However, unlike now-former Colts president Bill Polian - who infamously ordered his team to rest starters in the third quarter of a "meaningless" game against the Jets in Week 16 back in 2009 - head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson played their varsity team for all four quarters.

The result was one of the biggest wins in franchise history and several emotional moments for Pagano, the players, fans, everyone.

If there ever was an argument against resting your starters in a "meaningless" game, Week 17's Texans v. Colts game was it.

Here's our video recap of the game, with highlights. Enjoy.


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