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49ers snap count vs. Seahawks: Starters stick around until the end

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We’ve got a look at the total snaps for the 49ers. I’m surprised the starters were playing through to the end.

The San Francisco 49ers struggled in a big way on Sunday, and at the end of the first half, the 49ers had executed as many plays (24) as the Seahawks had scored points. I don’t imagine that’s a first, but it showed just how bad things were going for the offense. Of course, the Seahawks had not run too many more plays, scoring those 24 points on 35 plays. Seattle’s big plays arrived fast and furious throughout the first half.

The 49ers found themselves trailing 37-3 early in the fourth quarter, and never got in this game. I was a little surprised that the team elected to keep a lot of their starters in as things were falling apart. Carlos Hyde was grinding for yards and touchdowns late, and the entire offensive line played all 57 snaps. I get that you don’t want to give up, but it seems like garbage time is an opportunity to do some development. The team went to the bench briefly in their 28-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Rams, so why not do the same when you’re down 37-3 in the fourth quarter?

DeForest Buckner once again led the defensive line in snaps. He’s had a rough go of it at times the past two weeks, but the experience is critical for his development. Mike Purcell and Quinton Dial were next among defensive linemen. The 49ers spent a sizable chunk of their day in their base defense. I was hoping we’d see them find success against the Seahawks weak offensive line, but Christine Michael had a huge first half. The 49ers line settled down eventually, but it was too little too late.

Here’s the full snap count (gamebook PDF):

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 57 3
Zane Beadles 57 3
Trenton Brown 57 3
Andrew Tiller 57 3
Blaine Gabbert 57
Daniel Kilgore 57
Quinton Patton 49 10
Torrey Smith 43
Jeremy Jerley 42 2
Carlos Hyde 40
Garrett Celek 38 5
Blake Bell 24 17
Shaun Draughn 17 13
Aaron Burbridge 14 19
Vance McDonald 10 2
Rod Streater 8 12
Eric Reid 68 7
NaVorro Bowman 61 7
Tramaine Brock 61
Antoine Bethea 60 7
Gerald Hodges 60
DeForest Buckner 57 9
Ahmad Brooks 49 6
Keith Reaser 48 10
Mike Purcell 39 18
Quinton Dial 38 10
Eli Harold 34 1
Tank Carradine 33 7
Jaquiski Tartt 30 8
Arik Armstead 28
Jimmie Ward 25 4
Chris Davis 19 9
Glenn Dorsey 18
Ronald Blair 13
Michael Wilhoite 9 28
Nick Bellore 9 21
Rashard Robinson 9 9
Dontae Johnson 2 28
Shayne Skov 22
Bradley Pinion 10
Kyle Nelson 10
Mike Davis 8
Phil Dawson 7
Joshua Garnett 3