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49ers snap count vs. Dolphins: Injuries and rookies

We break down the 49ers snap count from their 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers went into Sunday's game with the Miami Dolphins continuing to figure out their running back and wide receiver situation, due to a mix of injuries and ineffectiveness. Brandon Jacobs got the backup spot behind Frank Gore in Week 13, but struggled to do much of anything in his limited snaps. The 49ers turned to LaMichael James, and the rookie stepped up in a big way. James had 15 snaps on offense and four on special teams, handling kick return duties. Although it was a relatively limited role, James did the most with these snaps, giving the 49ers a much-needed spark.

A.J. Jenkins made his on-field debut as well, albeit a bit quieter. He had eight snaps on offense, but was not targeted. Once the all-22 is available, I might try and find his snaps and put something together on what he did on the field. I recall seeing one tweet about how he had beaten his man on one play, but obviously did not get the pass.

The tougher news on the day saw Demarcus Dobbs and Tavares Gooden both suffer injuries. Dobbs suffered a knee injury and was limited to three defensive snaps and seven special teams snaps. Coach Harbaugh indicated after the game that he believes they may have dodged a bullet on this injury. Gooden suffered a rib injury and was limited to six special teams snaps.

Those injuries are of significance because Dobbs and Gooden are both among the team leader in special teams snaps. Dobbs has led the team in snaps every week he has been active, and Gooden is up near the top every week as well. We'll keep an eye out for the practice participation reports this week to see how limited they might be heading into Sunday Night Football.

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

Offense had 57 total plays.

# of Plays


57 (100%)

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

43 (75%)

Michael Cratbree

40 (70%)

Delanie Walker

39 (68%)

Frank Gore

29 (51%)

Bruce Miller, Randy Moss

15 (26%)

LaMichael James

10 (18%)

Will Tukuafu

8 (14%)

A.J. Jenkins

4 (7%)

Ted Ginn Jr.

3 (5%)

Anthony Dixon, Garrett Celek, Leonard Davis

2 (4%)

Daniel Kilgore

Defense had 61 total plays.

# of Plays


61 (100%)

Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, Tarell Brown, NaVorro Bowman, Donte Whitner, Carlos Rogers

59 (97%)

Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith

53 (87%)

Justin Smith

43 (70%)

Chris Culliver

15 (25%)

Isaac Sopoaga

8 (13%)

Ricky Jean Francois

3 (5%)

Demarcus Dobbs

2 (3%)

Perrish Cox, Clark Haggans, Will Tukuafu

Here is the special teams breakdown for the entire team:

# of Plays


15 (73%)

Tramaine Brock, Darcel McBath, Will Tukuafu

14 (67%)

Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite

13 (63%)

Bruce Miller

12 (57%)

Larry Grant

10 (37%)

David Akers, Garrett Celek

9 (33%)

Andy Lee, Brian Jennings

7 (30%)

Daniel Kilgore, Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, Demarcus Dobbs

6 (23%)

Tavares Gooden

5 (20%)

Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Culliver, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald, Ahmad Brooks, Tarell Brown, Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati

4 (13%)

Delanie Walker, LaMichael James, Leonard Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Perrish Cox

3 (7%)

Isaac Sopoaga

3 (7%)

Ted Ginn Jr.