One of the things I haven't seen talked about much here is the fact that putting in the 2nd and 3rd stringers for almost half the game not only gave them more experience, but also allowed our starters to rest a half a game late in the season. That's huge. Getting the bye late was good. Then halfway between the bye and the end of the season, we get another mini-rest for a lot of key guys.
- Wilson had almost a half a game of rest, and really had an easyish game anyway. He attempted only 13 passes, and ran three times.
- Lynch had only 11 carries and sat out a good quarter of the game or more.
- Bryant had only a couple dozen snaps.
- The offensive line had generous substitutions throughout the second half.
That usually only happens with good teams who have already made a push and secured positioning for the post-season. We're still jockeying for position and indeed for entrance into the playoffs, and we were afforded that luxury. To see your starting quarterback make only 13 pass attempts and your starting running back only 11 carries is really good, especially in a win like that. We have two more teams with non-winning records left. To be able to do that again would be amazingly helpful.