The San Francisco 49ers put together a a big 26-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and the snap count reveals some interesting things. You can view the 49ers snap count down below, and the entire gamebook HERE.
As many noticed, Aaron Lynch moved past Corey Lemonier on the depth chart. Lynch finished the game with 25 defensive snaps, while Lemonier spent the entire game on special teams. Lynch's snaps were not greater because the 49ers spent a good chunk of the game in their base 3-4 defense. Dan Skuta led the Skuta/Lynch/Lemonier triumvirate with 36 snaps. Lynch came on in nickel as a left defensive end, while Ahmad Brooks moved over to right defensive end.
The 49ers dominated time of possession in this game, which kept the defense fresh. And even still, the defense had 60 total snaps. The 49ers had the ball for 42:17 out of 60:00 total minutes. And the Eagles still put up 60 offensive snaps. Matt Barrows had some good info on how the 49ers prepared for the Eagles no-huddle.
The defensive backs chased the scout-team receivers deep downfield on one play, then turned around to find a fresh set of receivers already lined up for the next snap. Coordinator Vic Fangio didn't send in the plays to his panting defenders until the last second. All the while, Guns N' Roses blasted at them from colossal speakers on the side of the practice field.
The offense spent nearly 70 percent of the game on the field, and that led to 83 offensive possessions. Joe Staley and Anthony Davis were both missed snaps. Staley suffered some cramps and missed a snap, while Davis suffered a knee injury and missed the final 60 snaps. Anquan Boldin was the primary receiver on the day, with Michael Crabtree losing snaps to a foot injury on the 49ers lengthy second drive. He returned and finished out the game.
The 49ers used Brandon Lloyd quite a bit more than Stevie Johnson (36 snaps to 13 snaps). However, after the game, Coach Harbaugh said that Johnson had not been feeling well heading into the game. I am going to assume that is some kind of illness. Thankfully, Johnson made the most of his snaps, hauling in a 12-yard touchdown for his one reception on the day. And it was kind of an amazing touchdown reception. We'll get a GIF on that at some point.
Here is the full snap count.
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