The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 24-13 on Sunday in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, and in doing so they secured their biggest win of the Andrew Luck Era so far. They advanced to the AFC Championship game and will face the New England Patriots on the road for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
As with every game, the Colts had seven players inactive, and like normal the only active player who didn't play for the Colts was backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Here's the list of the team's inactives for their game against the Broncos: CB Jalil Brown, RB Trent Richardson, CB Sheldon Price, LB Henoc Muamba, OL Xavier Nixon, OL Jonathan Harrison, and DL Zach Kerr.
Aside from those seven players and Hasselbeck, everybody on the roster played, so let's take a look at the Colts' snap counts from the huge win over the Broncos.
It was great for the Colts to get the same offensive line out there for two consecutive weeks, plus for that starting five to all play 100% of the snaps. They played their best game of the season.
Boom Herron played 68 of 75 snaps. That's a ton for a running back. Seriously, that's a lot. He had 31 touches on his 68 snaps too, which is just as impressive.
Reggie Wayne played the second-most snaps of any Colts' receiver yet didn't finish with a catch and had just one target.
Both Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen played over 60% of the snaps. Jack Doyle played 33% - and the three tight end formation was one the Colts ran some on Sunday with success.
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||30||43%|
Josh Gordy played only one snap, meaning that Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler handled almost the entire load at cornerback - which was a smart gameplan and which was rewarded, as the trio had a tremendous overall game.
Jonathan Newsome saw 71% of the snaps, and he saw 24 more snaps than Bjoern Werner. Even though Werner started, on Sunday it was very clear that Newsome passed him in both playing time and production.
LaRon Landry played 96% of the snaps while Sergio Brown didn't play a single one on defense. That's surprising and, quite frankly, stupid. Earlier this week I mentioned that, though Landry has been better recently, the Colts should still use both guys. They didn't on Sunday, but it wasn't because Landry was playing great (because he wasn't at all).
|Ricky Jean Francois||DE||4||15%|
Andy Studebaker played the most special teams snaps of any Colt.
Running back Michael Hill, who was just signed by the Colts last week, played 52% of the special teams snaps. That's likely a big reason why Trent Richardson was inactive.