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Packers' Week 16 playing time breakdown

12/24/2013

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.

Offensive line: Don Barclay 78, David Bakhtiari 78, Evan Dietrich-Smith 78, T.J. Lang 78, Josh Sitton 78, Marshall Newhouse 2.

Receivers: Jordy Nelson 76, James Jones 73, Jarrett Boykin 70, Chris Harper 1.

Running backs: Eddie Lacy 38, John Kuhn 25, James Starks 25, Mike Daniels 1, B.J. Raji 1.

Tight ends: Andrew Quarless 59, Ryan Taylor 18, Jake Stoneburner 1.

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)

Defensive line: Raji 33, Ryan Pickett 32, Daniels 29, Josh Boyd 24, C.J. Wilson 7, Datone Jones 4.

Linebackers: A.J. Hawk 58, Mike Neal 49, Jamari Lattimore 34, Andy Mulumba 25, Nick Perry 22, Clay Matthews 21, Brad Jones 19.

Defensive backs: Morgan Burnett 58, Tramon Williams 57, Sam Shields 53, Micah Hyde 49, Sean Richardson 36, M.D. Jennings 22, Jarrett Bush 6.

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.