The San Francisco 49ers lost a tough one to the Seattle Seahawks, falling 12-9 on a late Russell Wilson touchdown. The 49ers offense struggled to get going with any consistency, but the defense put together a heck of a performance. They held the Seahawks to the one touchdown, and had several chances to swing this game, if not for a couple missed interceptions.
The 49ers gave up the late touchdown to Russell Wilson, but given the amount of work this unit put in, it was an incredibly impressive performance. The 49ers ended up with 82 defensive snaps, and we saw some extensive rotation along the defensive front. The cornerbacks and Jaquiski Tartt played all 82 snaps, and NaVorro Bowman played 81. After that, nobody played more than 68.
Along the defensive line, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead led the way with 67 snaps apiece. Earl Mitchell was busier this week, playing 50 snaps. Solomon Thomas was next on the list, and this week saw Elvis Dumervil play more snaps than Tank Carradine. The 49ers spent extensive time in their nickel look, thus less work for Tank.
Jimmie Ward was expected to be on a snap count in his return from the hamstring injury. He initially was going to be the dime safety, similar to Lorenzo Jerome’s role. Ward played 38 snaps as he took over the starting free safety role when Eric Reid got hurt.
On offense, the big change was Laken Tomlinson replacing Zane Beadles at left guard. Tomlinson got the start, and while he did struggle, he looked a little better than Beadles. That’s a low bar, but it’s hopefully something the 49ers can build on heading into Week 3.
You can view the snap count below, and check out the gamebook PDF as well.
Week 2 snap count vs. Seahawks