The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up an ugly but much-needed 16-10 victory over the New York Giants, and the snap count reflects some interesting stories. I've posted the snap count down below, and you can check out the whole game book here.
The big story after Sunday's game was Ahmad Brooks benching himself due to displeasure with the OLB rotation game plan. He played 12 snaps in the first half, and then sat the second half. User ajra21 was at the game and had this observation:
The 49ers will need to figure something out with this, but in the meantime, Aaron Lynch and Aldon Smith looked incredibly solid together. Lynch played in 66 of 70 defensive snaps, while Smith was in for 54 of 70 snaps. Considering Smith did not really play in the first quarter (I believe he only had a special teams snap for most of the first quarter), that's some serious work. Additionally, the 49ers even got Corey Lemonier in for eight snaps. He did not step forward the way we all were hoping, but with Brooks apparently in a bad mood about playing time, Lemonier could be the big beneficiary.
Anthony Davis missed one snap, and Joe Staley missed two snaps due to injury. Staley suffered a hyperextended knee in the middle of the game, but was able to return. Davis took an elbow to the head on the 49ers in the final two minutes of the game. On 3rd and 7 with two minutes remaining, Colin Kaepernick ran a designed run to the right side for five yards. Davis took an elbow to the head at the end of the play, and went down to his knees. The elbow does not look that vicious, but it obviously impacted Davis:
Shortly after this Davis got up and walked off the field. He was tweeting about it on the flight home, and seemed OK, but obviously we'll have to wait and see what happens. Jim Harbaugh meets with the media at 12:15 p.m. PT today, and I'd imagine he will get a question about it.
The 49ers secondary is dealing with numerous injuries, which moved other players up the depth chart. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver started on the outside, and when the 49ers moved into their nickel defense, Cox moved into the slot, and Dontae Johnson came in on the outside. The 49ers only other cornerback was Leon McFadden. Rather than get him extensive work, Craig Dahl got his highest snap count of the season.