The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first game of the season Sunday afternoon, which means we have our first snap count total for the season. You can view the table below, broken down by offense, defense and special teams, in order of total snaps.
As expected, the 49ers spent most of the game in either their nickel or dime defense. After getting fairly limited playing time in the preseason, Nnamdi Asomugha played 57 (92%) of the defensive snaps. NaVorro Bowman also played 57 snaps, while Patrick Willis finished the game with 53 snaps. Willis admitted after the game that he felt a little bit of rust in his first game back.
On offense, Anquan Boldin got the most wide receiver snaps (60, 86%), with Kyle Williams a close second with 55 snaps. Marlon Moore got 16 snaps and Quinton Patton saw four snaps. Vernon Davis was on the field the entire game (77 snaps), while Vance McDonald got in 20 snaps and Garrett Celek saw five snaps. This is a departure from last year, when Delanie Walker saw 33 snaps (55% of that game's offensive snaps). The difference can be seen in the fact that Bruce Miller saw 55 snaps on the day. There was talk that Miller would get more work in a variety of ways, and we saw it come to fruition on Sunday. He did some great things as an escape valve for Kap, including a big 17-yard catch and run early in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Spillman was the team's leading special teams players with 27 snaps, and a huge tackle of the Packers kick returner at his own nine after the 49ers scored what proved to be the game-winning score.
Among the rookies, Eric Reid led the way with 62 defensive snaps (100%) and five special teams snaps. McDonald had 20 snaps, Patton had four offensive snaps and four special teams snaps, Corey Lemonier had 13 special teams snaps, but no defensive snaps, Kevin McDermott had 12 snaps and Nick Moody had 23 snaps
Sunday's inactives included Will Tukuafu, while Tony Jerod-Eddie got in for three defensive snaps and four special teams snaps. The 49ers have a decision to make with Demarcus Dobbs, and this could very well foreshadow the end result.