The final Sunday of the NFL's regular season was a painful one for quarterbacks.
Kurt Warner of defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis and Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper both were hurt, and both starters were knocked out of the Chicago-Detroit game. And in Baltimore, Trent Dilfer was injured, then went back in after backup Tony Banks was sidelined.
Culpepper left the Vikings' game against Indianapolis in the second quarter after reinjuring his sprained right ankle.
Minnesota had already clinched the NFC Central Division title and a first-round bye when Tampa Bay lost at Green Bay 17-14 in overtime and after New Orleans lost 26-21 to St. Louis. Tampa Bay could have won the division with a victory and a Vikings loss.
When the Vikings-Colts game started, Tampa Bay was lining up for a game-winning field goal.
So the Vikings started Culpepper, who missed most of practice this week with the ankle injury.
Culpepper was hit in the ankle on the second play of the game, when Chad Bratzke rolled into it. He was hit in the ankle again after throwing a 13-yard completion to Chris Walsh with 14:09 left in the half -- on the Vikings third offensive series. Culpepper limped badly after the play and was forced to call timeout.
Culpepper finished that series, but turned the quarterback duties over to backup Bubby Brister on the Vikings next possession. The Colts won the game 31-1.
Warner left the Rams' 26-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints early in the third quarter with a mild concussion.
He was injured when hit on the Rams' first series of the quarter. He was sacked on the next play, and St. Louis settled for a 39-yard field goal that increased its lead to 13-7 over New Orleans.
When the Rams' offense took the field again with 10:41 left in the quarter, Trent Green went in at quarterback, and Warner went to the locker room to be examined.
Warner returned to the field minutes later, but rode an exercise bike on the sidelines while Green remained at quarterback.
Warner completed 12 of 17 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once and sacked twice.
Chicago quarterback Shane Matthews broke his right thumb against the Detroit Lions, who lost quarterback Charlie Batch with a rib injury.
Matthews broke his thumb while throwing an incomplete pass with 2:37 left in the half. He was replaced by Cade McNown after completing 14 of 18 passes for 123 yards.
Batch aggravated his rib injury when Chicago's Brian Urlacher sacked him with 1:32 left in the first half. He was replaced by Stoney Case.
Batch admitted that his ribs have been broken since Thanksgiving. He missed the first game of the season with an injured right knee, which never seemed to heal.
"I haven't been completely healthy once this season." Batch said. "I just always felt we had a better chance of winning with me on the field."
Batch was 7-of-15 with 81 yards with a touchdown against the Bears before walking off the field.
Baltimore's Trent Dilfer (11-for-25, 99 yards) left the game against the New York Jets briefly in the second quarter with a wrist injury, but returned in the third quarter after backup Tony Banks separated his left shoulder.
Elsewhere, Eagles RB Darnell Autry left the game against Cincinnati late in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.
Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney dislocated his left elbow.
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