Snaps: Edelman with ironman finish


DENVER -- A look at the snaps played by skill-position players in the New England Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game:

QB Tom Brady -- 59 of 59

WR Julian Edelman -- 59 of 59

TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 49 of 59

WR Danny Amendola -- 41 of 59

RB Shane Vereen -- 41 of 59

WR Austin Collie -- 37 of 59

WR Aaron Dobson -- 22 of 59

TE Matthew Mulligan -- 13 of 59

FB James Develin -- 12 of 59

RB Stevan Ridley -- 10 of 59

RB LeGarrette Blount -- 8 of 59

WR Matthew Slater -- 3 of 59

(Penalties included. Two-point conversion included.)

ANALYSIS: Edelman's importance to the offense is reflected in the fact he never left the field in the most important game of the season. He gave the team everything he had. ... Dobson, a rookie receiver, was obviously limited with a foot injury and was managed carefully. The beneficiary of his absence was Collie, who rose up to the challenge with a strong performance. ... Amendola played too many snaps to go without a catch. He had the one drop. ... At running back, it was a rotation with the big backs Blount and Ridley, but they hardly played because of the way the game unfolded and the Patriots were forced into more of a passing game. With that, Vereen took the majority of snaps at the position. ... The 59 snaps were a season-low. The previous low was 63, against the Bengals on Oct. 6.