The San Francisco 49ers struggled once again in most phases of the game on Sunday, as they dropped a 27-7 decision to the Indianapolis Colts. They showed some signs of a rushing offense in the first half, and the defense seemed pretty solid early on (minus some penalties). Down 10-7 at the half, you would have thought they would turn things around, but instead the wheels came off. The 49ers went away from the run, and the Colts in turn wore down the 49ers with their own run game.
The 49ers snap count does not reveal any shocking revelations. Michael Wilhoite was the man off the bench to replace Patrick Willis when he injured his groin. Tony Jerod-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs had 18 and 16 snaps, respectively, while we saw Justin Smith and Ray McDonald rotating off a fair amount. Once again, the 49ers were in the nickel more often than not, with Nnamdi on the field 53% of the time.
Among the rookies, Eric Reid was back from his concussion, finishing with 70 snaps (97%). Vance McDonald replaced Vernon Davis in the starting lineup, and finished with 47 snaps (89%). Quinton Patton got six snaps on offense and one on special teams, while Corey Lemonier had four special teams snaps.
Speaking of Lemonier, his snap count should see an increase this week against the Rams. Aldon Smith is expected to take an indefinitely leave of absence to enter rehab. He played all 72 defensive snaps, so there will be work to make up. Lemonier and Dan Skuta will likely split up those snaps.
Here is the full snap count.