The San Francisco 49ers played what was kind of an odd game on Sunday when they beat the Chicago Bears 15-14. I say odd only because it was not the kind of performance we have seen from them with any regularity the past few years. The team dominated time of possession thanks to strong work on third down, and it resulted in an incredibly lopsided snap count. You can view the full snap count at the bottom, or read the game book PDF.
The 49ers held the Bears to 37 total offensive snaps, which was the fewest against the 49ers since the Detroit Lions ran 35 plays in 1991. The lack of work kept the Bears from doing a whole lot of much on Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky completed 12 of 15 passes, but without any additional opportunities, it was a fairly quiet day for Trubisky and his receivers.
The big news for the 49ers was the return of Adrian Colbert at free safety. He suffered a broken thumb in Week 10, but hustled back from the injury in less than a month. He played all 37 snaps, joining Ahkello Witherspoon, Eric Reid, and Reuben Foster in a full day’s work. Witherspoon joined Colbert in being questionable for this game, so it was goo to see him out there all day.
On offense, Kyle Juszczyk was busy with 40 snaps. He played at fullback, and split the remaining snaps between tight end and slot receiver. He is not putting up huge numbers, but Juszczyk is getting his opportunity to be more of an offensive weapon.
Here’s the full snap count for Week 13.
Snap count vs. Bears