- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Did they make the right decision not to play their quarterbacks for four quarters in a game that carried little meaning? History says no.
Dating back to 2002 -- the first season with 32 teams -- seven of the 10 Super Bowl champions played their starting quarterbacks into the fourth quarter in Week 17, according to John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Information. Only two of the 10 previous champions rested their quarterbacks completely in the regular-season finale, and that was the 2002 Buccaneers (Brad Johnson) and the 2009 Saints (Drew Brees).
5hJason Gibbs, Special to ESPN.com
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