The Bengals ended their season with a game where more players were injured than in seemingly any other game this season. During the Bengals' loss to the Steelers on Saturday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Reggie Nelson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Giovani Bernard and Domata Peko were all injured and left the game. Other players also left momentarily for injuries such as Wallace Gilberry and Jeremy Hill. It took Kirkpatrick getting injured a few times before he left the lineup for good, and he left the stadium on Saturday night on crutches while Peko left in a walking boot. Bernard had a concussion and Nelson injured his ankle. The injuries all impacted the game and backups and rookies took on a bigger role in the process.
- Safety Derron Smith who has played almost exclusively on special teams this season logged 12 snaps, while cornerback Chris Lewis Harris played 24.
- Both Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi played a handful of snaps, including plays at the goal line.
- Mohamed Sanu played more snaps than he has averaged this season with 60 (81%). He caught three passes, two of which came on third down, for 27 yards total.
- Jeremy Hill played 53% of snaps, while Giovani Bernard played 42%. Bernard left the game in the fourth quarter due to a concussion.
- Pat Sims played 42% of snaps and recorded a half sack (shared with Carlos Dunlap). This may be a high in regards to snap count for Sims as well. The defensive line rotation was impacted when both Peko and Gilberry were injured.
Here's the full offensive and defensive snap count for the Bengals from their playoff loss to the Steelers: