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49ers snap count vs. Saints: Checking out the backups

We break down the 49ers snap count vs. the Saints, and what it means for roster backups.

Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

I forgot to get the snap count posted yesterday, but I still wanted to make sure and post it. There were not huge differences from the usual snap count, but we did get a chance to see what happens when players get hurt.

The 49ers have generally avoided significant injuries for much of this season (and last season, for that matter). Week 12 saw that change as several players went down with a variety of injuries. We know about Kyle Williams injury, but it was interesting to see Anthony Dixon get a couple snaps, including one carry for five yards. Brandon Jacobs was on for two plays as well with a pair of rushes, although one play was wiped out by a penalty.

If Kendall Hunter is unable to go in Week 13, LaMichael James does provide some alternatives to Brandon Jacobs' and Anthony Dixon's more rumbling style of play. Although Kendall Hunter has shown some power, his best runs often come on sweeps and other plays that get him out in space to make defenders miss. The 49ers have a good thing going with their rushing game plan, so why not get James out there to mix it up a bit?

The other injury that is flying under the radar is Delanie Walker's hip. He reportedly needed a cart to get out to the 49ers bus after the game, but we have not heard much since then. Garrett Celek ended up with five snaps late in the game. If Walker is unable to go, Celek would move into his spot. This could actually mean some offensive snaps for Demarcus Dobbs. The 49ers worked Dobbs in at tight end throughout the preseason, but he has had very little TE work since. If Walker is inactive this Sunday, I suspect Dobbs will get some offensive snaps against the Rams.

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

Offense had 60 total plays.

# of Plays


60 (100%)

Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick

48 (80%)

Frank Gore

37 (62%)

Bruce Miller

35 (58%)

Michael Crabtree

31 (52%)

Delanie Walker

25 (42%)

Randy Moss

24 (40%)

Mario Manningham

10 (17%)

Kyle Williams

8 (13%)

Kendall Hunter

7 (12%)

Daniel Kilgore

6 (10%)

Leonard Davis

5 (8%)

Garrett Celek

2 (3%)

Anthony Dixon, Brandon Jacobs

Defense had 70 total plays.

# of Plays


70 (100%)

Patrick Willis, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers

69 (99%)

NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith

68 (97%)

Dashon Goldson, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith

64 (91%)

Ahmad Brooks, Donte Whitner

41 (59%)

Chris Culliver

26 (37%)

Isaac Sopoaga

7 (10%)

Ricky Jean Francois

6 (9%)

Darcel McBath, Perrish Cox

2 (3%)

Demarcus Dobbs

1 (1%)

C.J. Spillman, Clark Haggans

Here is the special teams breakdown for the entire team

# of Plays


29 (100%)

Demarcus Dobbs

19 (73%)

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

18 (62%)

Darcel McBath, Tramaine Brock

13 (58%)

David Akers

11 (50%)

Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Garrett Celek, Daniel Kilgore

10 (38%)

Delanie Walker, Perrish Cox

7 (35%)

Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Dashon Goldson

6 (31%)

Kyle Williams, Chris Culliver

4 (23%)

NaVorro Bowman

3 (19%)

Patrick Willis, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald, Ahmad Brooks, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois, Ted Ginn Jr.