49ers snap count vs. Packers: Perrish Cox gets the nickel work, Aldon Smith deals with cramps

Jonathan Daniel

The 49ers snap count vs. the Green Bay Packers reflects some injury issues that arose before and during the game. We break down the details.

The San Francisco 49ers held off the Green Bay Packers Sunday evening, defeating them 23-20 to advance on to the divisional round. The 49ers dealt with some injuries during the week, with the cornerback position dealing with hamstring issues. The issues were reflected in the snap count, as well as some other interesting notes.

Carlos Rogers ended up inactive on Sunday, as he was still recovering from a hamstring strain suffered the week before against the Arizona Cardinals. Eric Wright was listed as questionable with a hamstring issue suffered Thursday, but he was active. Wright ended up getting five special teams snaps, but Perrish Cox handled all the nickel work. The 49ers ended up spending most of the game in nickel, with only one snap of dime. NFLGSIS lists 63 snaps, while PFF indicates there were 64 snaps, with one 4-4-3 formation mixed in.

At outside linebacker, Aldon Smith played 45 snaps, while Ahmad Brooks played 62. Corey Lemonier was the beneficiary with 15 snaps on the day. At one point, Aldon left the game with cramps. Dehydration can actually be a big issue in cold weather. You can be so cold you don't think to drink water or anything that isn't warm. Thankfully the 49ers didn't suffer too many issues with it, but Aldon seemed to suffer a bit from it.

On the offensive side of the ball, Anquan Boldin played 60 of 64 offensive snaps, while Michael Crabtree played 42. There was no indication of any injury to Crabtree, so it is possible the 49ers simply did not want to over-do it with him in the cold weather. His feet and legs are an essential part of his game, and given the cold weather out there, maybe the 49ers just wanted to play it safe to some extent. We'll see if Jim Harbaugh gets a question about that during his Monday press conference. Not that he would provide much detail.

Finally, Will Tukuafu got the larger run at fullback over Anthony Dixon. Tukuafu had 22 snaps, compared to 6 for Boobie. Last week, Dixon got the larger share of the work, the week before Tukuafu got an extra snap. The 49ers used a decent number of heavy backfields against Green Bay, so my guess is that game-plan is what got Tukuafu more work. Dixon can block in the run game, but he seems to be a little more suited to the passing game as a fullback.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 64 5
Alex Boone 64 5
Anthony Davis 64 5
Mike Iupati 64 5
Colin Kaepernick 64
Jonathan Goodwin 64
Vernon Davis 63
Anquan Boldin 60
Frank Gore 56
Michael Crabtree 42
Vance McDonald 37 9
Will Tukuafu 22
Quinton Patton 17
Anthony Dixon 6 13
Garrett Celek 5 5
Kendall Hunter 5 4
Kassim Osgood 3 17
Adam Snyder 3 5
LaMichael James 1 10
Eric Reid 63 3
Donte Whitner 63
Perrish Cox 62 5
Tramaine Brock 62 4
Ahmad Brooks 62 4
Patrick Willis 62 4
Tarell Brown 62 4
NaVorro Bowman 62 1
Ray McDonald 51 1
Justin Smith 46 4
Aldon Smith 45 1
Tony Jerod-Eddie 20 4
Corey Lemonier 15 9
Glenn Dorsey 9 4
Demarcus Dobbs 4 14
Dan Skuta 3 19
C.J. Spillman 2 21
Michael Wilhoite 17
Raymond Ventrone 17
Craig Dahl 17
Phil Dawson 10
Darryl Morris 10
Daniel Kilgore 9
Andy Lee 8
Kevin McDermott 8
Eric Wright 5

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