- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter
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An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Lambeau Field:
Offense (78 total plays)
Quarterback: Matt Flynn 78.
Noteworthy: For the second straight week, coach Mike McCarthy used defensive linemen Daniels and Raji as blocking fullbacks in a goal-line situation. It didn’t work this time. Steelers linebacker Vince Williams shed Raji’s block and tackled Lacy for a 2-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 3. … Operating most of the game out of a three-receiver set, Nelson was targeted only five times (three catches for 46 yards). Boykin (13 targets, five catches for 54 yards) and Jones (12 targets, nine catches for 84 yards) made some tough catches. Jones took away an interception from cornerback Ike Taylor and made it an 8-yard gain. Boykin went over cornerback Cortez Allen to catch a 5-yard touchdown. … After catching 12 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns the previous two games combined, Quarless was used far more often as an extra blocker out of the backfield. On one such play, he collided with Flynn on a run-pass option play that resulted in Flynn’s pick-six. … Lacy reinjured his sprained right ankle in the third quarter, and Starks played more snaps than he had in any game since Week 3.
Defense (58 total plays)
Noteworthy: For the third straight game, Boyd played more snaps than Datone Jones, whose play count was a season low. Wilson returned from a three-game absence because of an ankle injury. … The only sack of Ben Roethlisberger came courtesy of Matthews, who reinjured his broken thumb on the play and is probably finished for the season. Lattimore’s increased workload came because of Brad Jones' recurring ankle injury, and Lattimore forced Le'Veon Bell’s third-quarter fumble. Hawk continued to be the defensive play-caller and intercepted his first pass since Week 16 of 2010. … The nickel-heavy game plan put Hyde on the field for 84 percent of the snaps. For the third straight game, Richardson replaced Jennings during the game and played more snaps.
Top special teams contributors (37 total plays): Bush 31, Davon House 31, Mulumba 26, Taylor 23, Richardson 23, Hyde 20, Lattimore 20, Kahlil Bell 20, Victor Aiyewa 18, Kuhn 17, Stoneburner 17, Jennings 17.
An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Lambeau Field:Offense (78 total plays)Quarterback: Matt Flynn 78.