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49ers snap counts: Tank Carradine doesn’t play; Tiller out-snaps Devey

Former second round pick Tank Carradine was the only 49er who was active for Sunday’s game who didn’t play. The 49ers beat the Falcons 17-16.
Former second round pick Tank Carradine was the only 49er who was active for Sunday’s game who didn’t play. The 49ers beat the Falcons 17-16. The Bee

SANTA CLARA -- Tank Carradine did not play a single snap on defense or special teams Sunday. The former second-round pick was the only 49ers who was active for the game that did not play. Instead, rookie Arik Armstead and Tony Jerod-Eddie took most of the snaps in the 49ers' third-down packages. Armstead finished with a tackle and a quarterback hit; Jerod-Eddie had a quarterback hit and batted down two Matt Ryan passes, both on third down. The Falcons punted seven times Sunday. Nose tackle Mike Purcell was active for the first time this season and played 14 of the team's 64 defensive snaps. Carradine, meanwhile, has spoken to coaches about his lack of snaps. However, he did not win himself any favors last week in St. Louis when he was blocked out of the play on Todd Gurley's 71-yard touchdown run.

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After having a minor role on defense through the first half of the season, cornerback Dontae Johnson played every snap Sunday. The team's other starter, Marcus Cromartie, also would have played every snap but suffered a cut lip that required stitches at the end of the first half. Cromartie missed only five plays. Another cornerback, Chris Davis, wasn't even on the roster a week ago. He played 17 snaps. The other two defenders who played every snap were safeties Eric Reid and Jaquiski Tartt, who had a strong showing in his second start.

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Linebacker NaVorro Bowman played all but one snap and looked perhaps as close to his pre-injury form as he has this season. Michael Wilhoite played 42 defensive snaps, Gerald Hodges played 11.

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On offense, Jordan Devey started the game at right guard just as he has the previous eight contests. But this time he ended up playing only three series, all of them three and outs (nine snaps total). By contrast, Andrew Tiller played 48 of San Francisco's 66 offensive snaps, 73 percent, and was on the field at the end of the game when the 49ers were trying to grind precious seconds off the clock. That's the first time since the two started alternating snaps on Oct. 11 that the ratio has been so lopsided in favor of Tiller. Rookie Trent Brown played nine snaps at right tackle, meaning starting tackle Erik Pears played nine snaps at right guard.

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The running back tally went like this: Shaun Draughn 44; Kendall Gaskins 16; Pierre Thomas 4. At wide receiver it was: Torrey Smith 55; Quinton Patton 38; Jerome Simpson 17; Bruce Ellington 16; DeAndrew White 4.

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Who's the team's No. 1 tight end now that Vernon Davis is in Denver? According to the snap counts, it's Vance McDonald, who played 54 snaps. According to the stat sheet, however, it's Garrett Celek, who played 46 snaps but also caught two touchdown passes. Blake Bell played four offensive snaps.

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Finally, remember the Bruce Miller Effect? A refresher: If fullback Bruce Miller plays 40 percent or more of the team's snaps, the 49ers tend to win. Against the Falcons, Miller logged 33 snaps. That's 50 percent. Did the 49ers win? Yes, they did.

Q.E. D.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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