The San Francisco 49ers lost an ugly one on Sunday, and it has the future of the franchise in question. We'll have plenty on where all this might lead, but there is still plenty to take away from Sunday's game. We'll start with the snap count, which was impacted due to various injuries, and an unexpected benching. You can view the snap count below, and check out the game book HERE.
The biggest news from Sunday was the benching of Ahmad Brooks. Early reports indicated he missed a team meeting on Tuesday, but I have since heard he missed a meeting one day, and was late to a meeting another day. Whatever the case, he dressed but did not get a single snap. Dan Skuta got the start in his place, and played in 70 percent of the defensive snaps. Aaron Lynch played in 29 percent of the snaps. I need to go back and look at the numbers, but I would assume Skuta was handling mostly base defense work. Lynch has shown some things against the run, but it would seem Vic Fangio is not completely comfortable with him as an every down outside linebacker. As the season wraps up, it will be interesting to see how much time Lynch gets, and how this plays out in the offseason.
Chris Culliver suffered a knee injury in the game, and only played 32 percent of the snaps. He limped off the field and was carted back to the locker room. After the game, Jim Harbaugh seemed optimistic, and Culliver said the knee would be OK. Dontae Johnson ended up playing 78 percent of the snaps. Normally he has been the nickel back in recent weeks, but he moved outside and Leon McFadden came on as the nickel, and played 17 percent of the snaps. Johnson graded negatively at PFF, with a -1.3 grade overall and in coverage. McFadden graded out at 0.7 overall and in coverage.
Brandon Lloyd was inactive, which resulted in Quinton Patton's first active status of the season. Lloyd was listed as probable with a quadricep injury heading into the game. It remains to be seen if the injury flared up, or if this was a healthy scratch. Patton got 12 offensive snaps and four special teams snaps, while Bruce Ellington got three offensive snaps and ten special teams snaps.
Marcus Martin also suffered an injury, which resulted in him missing the final five offensive snaps of the game. He grabbed his right knee, but was able to walk off the field. Joe Looney moved in at center upon Martin's departure. There is no word on the extent of Martin's injury.