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49ers snap count vs. Bills

We break down the 49ers snap count in their 45-3 win over the Bills.

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The 49ers demolition of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday provided the 49ers a second straight opportunity to roll out the entire roster. All 46 active players on the 49ers roster got to take part in yesterday's game. More importantly, most of the players got time beyond just special teams play. This game showed not only the 49ers depth, but also provided an opportunity to continue sharpening the iron that Coach Harbaugh loves to discuss so much. For comparison, check out the previous four snap count posts (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4).

This week's snap count shows a 49ers team that once against focused on their nickel and dime defense. The Bills are a team that likes to use their pair of running backs, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is a frequent passer. Against the 49ers, neither aspect of the offense could get much going. Fitzpatrick was 16 of 26 for 126 yards and their rushing game had 89 yards on 19 carries. It is worth noting that one rush was a 35-yard direct snap play involving Brad Smith. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller rushed 16 times for 53 yards.

QB Colin Kaepernick had a career high 19 snaps. Kaepernick got some chances on a lengthy drive in the fourth quarter, but also saw a variety of passing and rushing chances through the first three quarters. We'll break those down in a bit more detail, but he is looking more and more like a staple of the playbook moving forward.

You can read through the entire Gamebook HERE (PDF).

Offense had 67 total plays.

# of Plays


67 (100%)

Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati

56 (84%)

Joe Staley, Jonathan Goodwin, Vernon Davis

53 (79%)

Alex Smith

41 (61%)

Frank Gore

38 (57%)

Delanie Walker

32 (48%)

Mario Manningham

29 (43%)

Michael Crabtree

21 (31%)

Kendall Hunter

20 (30%)

Kyle Williams

19 (28%)

Colin Kaepernick

18 (27%)

Randy Moss

17 (25%)

Will Tukuafu

16 (24%)

Bruce Miller, Daniel Kilgore, Leonard Davis

14 (21%)

Garrett Celek

12 (18%)

Ted Ginn Jr.

6 (9%)

Anthony Dixon

Defense had 46 total plays.

# of Plays


42 (91%)

Chris Culliver

41 (89%)

Dashon Goldson, Tarell Brown, Ray McDonald, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Donte Whitner, Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers

40 (87%)

Ahmad Brooks

6 (13%)

Perrish Cox

5 (11%)

Demarcus Dobbs, Darcel McBath, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, C.J. Spillman, Tramaine Brock, Eric Bakhtiari, Ricky Jean-Francois

4 (9%)

Isaac Sopoaga

Here is the special teams breakdown for the entire team

# of Plays


25 (93%)

Demarcus Dobbs

20 (74%)

Darcel McBath

18 (67%)

Anthony Dixon, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, C.J. Spillman

16 (59%)

Tramaine Brock

15 (56%)

David Akers

14 (52%)

Eric Bakhtiari

11 (41%)

Daniel Kilgore, Chris Culliver

10 (37%)

Bruce Miller, Delanie Walker

9 (33%)

Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Chris Culliver, Daniel Kilgore

7 (26%)

Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Joe Staley, Leonard Davis, Ted Ginn, Jr., Perrish Cox

3 (11%)

Dashon Goldson

2 (7%)

Ricky Jean Francois, Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Ray McDonald, Tarell Brown