PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus
The passing offense lasted about as long as Peyton Manning was in the game, which was for three offensive series. Manning completed 14 of 18 passes in that short time for 95 yards. He also had an interception when TE Jacob Tamme slipped and fell on the icy turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Rookie QB Curtis Painter then entered the game and hit on four of 17 pass attempts for 39 yards, was sacked once and threw an interception.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D
You can blame most of the Colts' anemic running game (25 yards on 16 carries) on the poor field conditions, the fact that the team was playing backup offensive linemen most of the way and that starting RB Joseph Addai did not get in the game. Rookie RB Donald Brown had minus-4 yards on four carries before giving way to RB Mike Hart, who ran for a team-high 28 yards on 10 carries. Hart also scored his first NFL regular-season touchdown.
PASS DEFENSE: D
Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on 16 of 25 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Indianapolis did not record a sack or pick off a pass. The Colts registered just one quarterback hurry in the game. DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis did not play in the game, nor did S Melvin Bullitt.
RUSH DEFENSE: D
Bills RB Fred Jackson had 212 yards rushing on 33 carries. As a team, Buffalo ran the football 42 times for 248 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Enough said.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
P Pat McAfee averaged 35.5 yards net and 45.2 yards overall on six punts. KR/WR Sam Giguere had five kickoff returns for an average of 24.4 yards, including a long return of 36 yards. PK Matt Stover made his only extra-point attempt of the game. The kickoff and punt coverage units did a pretty good job, allowing the Bills an average of 4.5 yards on four punt returns and 14 yards on one kickoff return.
Jim Caldwell is holding his ground. He isn't apologizing for sitting his players the previous week against the Jets as well as Sunday at Buffalo. His plan has always been to rest the team's offensive and defensive starters as well as key backups the last two weeks of the regular season once the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage were assured. His decision may not have been met with a lot of positive comments from fans and some in the media, but he firmly believes that he made the right call. Now that the playoffs are here, we'll see what happens.
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