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49ers snap count vs. Patriots: Defense does some work

We break down the 49ers snap count from their 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers pulled a tough 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots, and the snap count reflects a big chunk of that tough battle. The 49ers defense had to play a total of 94 snaps, as compared to a mere 68 snaps for the 49ers offense. The 49ers scoring came in part thanks to poor execution by the Patriots, setting up some short fields for the offense to punch it in.

On the other hand, the 49ers defense had to deal with Tom Brady's no-huddle offense. The Patriots could get next to nothing going in the first half, but the second half saw Brady & Co. put together four straight touchdown drives. Despite the drastic difference in offensive and defensive snaps, the 49ers still edged out the Patriots in time of possession. The 49ers had the ball for 30:13, while the Patriots had it for 29:47.

The 49ers did all this in spite of a big injury to Justin Smith. Jim Harbaugh will address the media at 3pm PT, so hopefully we'll get some clarification at that point. In the meantime, the injury meant a lot more playing time for Ricky Jean Francois. The 49ers defensive lineman filled in at defensive tackle in the 49ers passing defense, which saw plenty of time with few substitutions during that four score run by the Patriots.

The defense struggled quite a bit with the second half no huddle, but they got the needed stops late, even as they were playing 90+ snaps. There are plenty of things to clean up moving forward, but that is some work right there.

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

Offense had 68 total plays.

# of Plays


68 (100%)

Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Colin Kaepernick

67 (99%)

Vernon Davis

55 (81%)

Mike Iupati

53 (78%)

Frank Gore

48 (71%)

Delanie Walker

47 (69%)

Randy Moss

43 (63%)

Michael Crabtree

37 (54%)

Bruce Miller

15 (22%)

Leonard Davis

13 (19%)

LaMichael James

9 (13%)

Garrett Celek

8 (12%)

A.J. Jenkins

5 (7%)

Ted Ginn Jr.

4 (6%)

Will Tukuafu

3 (4%)

Anthony Dixon

1 (1%)

Daniel Kilgore

Defense had 94 total plays.

# of Plays


94 (100%)

Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman, Donte Whitner

93 (99%)

Carlos Rogers

91 (97%)

Tarell Brown

88 (94%)

Aldon Smith

84 (89%)

Ahmad Brooks

83 (88%)

Ray McDonald

80 (85%)

Chris Culliver

48 (51%)

Ricky Jean Francois

44 (47%)

Justin Smith

20 (21%)

Isaac Sopoaga

7 (7%)

Perrish Cox, Will Tukuafu

6 (6%)

Eric Bakhtiari

5 (5%)

Clark Haggans

1 (1%)

C.J. Spillman

Here is the special teams breakdown for the entire team:

# of Plays


25 (64%)

Darcel McBath

24 (62%)

C.J. Spillman, Larry Grant, Tramaine Brock, Michael Wilhoite, Anthony Dixon, Bruce Miller

17 (44%)

Eric Bakhtiari

15 (38%)

David Akers

14 (36%)

Brian Jennings, Andy Lee, Will Tukuafu, Delanie Walker

13 (33%)

Patrick Willis

12 (31%)

Dashon Goldson

8 (21%)

Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Leonard Davis, Daniel Kilgore

7 (18%)

Mike Iupati, NaVorro Bowman, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, Perrish Cox

6 (15%)

Ted Ginn Jr., LaMichael James

5 (13%)

Chris Culliver

3 (8%)

Clark Haggans

1 (3%)

Randy Moss