49ers snap count vs. Panthers: It's all about the deep depth

Grant Halverson

The 49ers pulled away in the second half to defeat the Carolina Panthers 23-10. The 49ers depth was one key to the victory. We break down the snap count for the game.

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 on Sunday, and an important part of the victory was the 49ers depth. An essential story line this season has been the 49ers ability to rotate players in behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. The 49ers have gotten solid play from Tony Jerod-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs, blunting the effect of Smith and McDonald going off the field. The 49ers were able to shut down the Panthers rushing attack on Sunday, and the defensive line was an essential aspect of it.

The 49ers also had to go to their depth at fullback and cornerback. On his third snap of the game, fullback Will Tukuafu suffered what is being described as a sprained knee. Anthony Dixon came on in his place, and was perfectly respectable at fullback. Given the sprained knee, it seems unlikely Tukuafu will play against the Seahawks. We'll find out more in the coming days, but more than likely, Dixon will get the play.

The 49ers then have to decide how much they'll roll out their traditional 22 sets, and how much we'll see three wide receivers on the field. Quinton Patton got 16 snaps on the day, and finished the game with one catch for 23 yards. Of course, that 23-yard gain came on a 3rd and 10 after Michael Crabtree left the game with a shoulder injury. Crabtree went down hard on his first catch of the game as Captain Munnerlyn dragged him on his shoulder. Patton came on and converted the third down, on a drive that eventually resulted in three points.

At cornerback, Perrish Cox was once again playing the nickel back position. Carlos Rogers has missed the last two games with a strained hamstring. He hasn't practiced since Week 17, so we don't really know if he'll be available for the Seahawks game. I think he'll push it to get out there, but hamstrings are tricky.

Player Offense Defense ST
Alex Boone 66
Anthony Davis 66
Joe Staley 66
Colin Kaepernick 66
Jonathan Goodwin 66
Mike Iupati 65
Vernon Davis 65
Anquan Boldin 57
Frank Gore 49
Michael Crabtree 41
Vance McDonald 30
Anthony Dixon 27 11
Quinton Patton 16
Garrett Celek 13 5
Kendall Hunter 12
Adam Snyder 8 5
Kassim Osgood 4 14
Daniel Kilgore 3 8
LaMichael James 3 5
Will Tukuafu 3 1
Eric Reid 56 3
Patrick Willis 56 2
Donte Whitner 56
NaVorro Bowman 55 2
Ahmad Brooks 53 2
Tarell Brown 52 2
Tramaine Brock 52 2
Aldon Smith 47 2
Ray McDonald 38
Justin Smith 37 2
Glenn Dorsey 36 2
Tony Jerod-Eddie 22 4
Perrish Cox 20 6
Demarcus Dobbs 17 12
Dan Skuta 9 14
C.J. Spillman 6 16
Corey Lemonier 3 5
Darryl Morris 1 8
Michael Wilhoite 14
Raymond Ventrone 14
Craig Dahl 13
Phil Dawson 11
Kevin McDermott 8
Andy Lee 8
Eric Wright 2

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