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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Packers' wild-card playing-time breakdown

By Rob Demovsky

An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field:

Offense (63 total plays)

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers 63.

Offensive line: Don Barclay 63, Evan Dietrich-Smith 63, T.J. Lang 63, Josh Sitton 63, David Bakhtiari 52, Marshall Newhouse 11.

Receivers: Jordy Nelson 62, James Jones 60, Randall Cobb 44, Jarrett Boykin 27.

Running backs: Eddie Lacy 37, James Starks 15, John Kuhn 13.

Tight ends: Andrew Quarless 48, Ryan Taylor 8, Jake Stoneburner 1.

Noteworthy: Bakhtiari had all kinds of trouble blocking outside linebacker Aldon Smith before he leaving in the fourth quarter because of a concussion and giving way to Newhouse. ... Cobb played more snaps than he did a week earlier in his return against the Bears but was targeted only two times. He caught both of them for a total of 51 yards. ... Lacy seemed to tire in the second half, when Starks got more playing time. Starks finished off a productive season as a backup by averaging 5.8 yards on five carries. ... The Packers got almost no production from their tight ends in the passing game. Quarless had one catch for 8 yards. That was the only target for a tight end.

Defense (64 total plays)

Defensive line: B.J. Raji 48, Ryan Pickett 47, Mike Daniels 36, C.J. Wilson 19, Josh Boyd 14, Datone Jones 13, Jerel Worthy 2.

Linebackers: A.J. Hawk 64, Nick Perry 59, Andy Mulumba 57, Brad Jones 55, Mike Neal 5.

Defensive backs: Morgan Burnett 64, Tramon Williams 64, Davon House 61, M.D. Jennings 46, Micah Hyde 20, Sean Richardson 18, Jarrett Bush 10, Sam Shields 2.

Noteworthy: Injuries to Neal (knee, did not return) and Mulumba (who did return) forced Datone Jones to take his first snaps of the season at outside linebacker. Perry saw his most snaps of the season, two more than in his previous high from Week 1 against the 49ers. ... Defensive coordinator Dom Capers used a heavy dose of his base defense with three linemen, including more than usual with Raji in the middle of the three. ... House, who played only four snaps on defense in the previous three games, was pressed into action in the base defense after Shields’ knee injury on the opening series.

Top special-teams contributors (26 total plays): Bush 22, Jamari Lattimore 21, Taylor 21, Hyde 17, Kahlil Bell 16, Jennings 16, Kuhn 13, Victor Aiyewa 12, Daniels 10, Stoneburner 10.