Brees was injured on rather innocuous-looking contact when Aaron Donald hit his hand on a pass-rush play. He immediately came out of the game and stood on the sideline with his hand and thumb taped. (Early in the second quarter, Donald left the NFC championship game rematch with a back injury.)
Brees had completed 3 of 5 passes for 38 yards and was intercepted once.
Roethlisberger showed his injury more clearly, shaking his arm and clenching and unclenching his fist. But nothing helped and he gave way to Mason Rudolph. Roethlisberger had completed 8 of 15 passes for 75 yards.
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