Looking at the Snap Counts from the Seahawks' Divisional-Round Loss at Carolina

A look at who played and how much they played in Seattle's divisional-round loss at Carolina.

Curious who plays in each game and how much they play, as well as what the distribution of playing time might mean? For the last time this season, here are the snap counts for the Seahawks in Sunday's seasons-ending loss at Carolina, as well as a look at what stood out.

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Offense

  • Four out of five linemen, plus quarterback Russell Wilson, played all 67 offensive snaps, while left tackle Russell Okung left the game early with a shoulder injury, meaning Alvin Bailey played 88 percent of the snaps at left tackle.
  • In a game where a huge early deficit necessitated a lot of passing, Doug Baldwin played 97 percent of the snaps, Tyler Lockett played 91 percent and Jermaine Kearse played 90 percent.
  • Another sign of the Seahawks having to abandon the idea of a balanced offense was Marshawn Lynch playing 70 percent of the snaps, 47 total, and carrying only six times. Fred Jackson played 24 percent of the snaps, while Christine Michael played only six percent with the Seahawks unable to really get into their running game. The Seahawks used fullback Derrick Coleman on only one play on offense.
  • Tight end Luke Willson played 85 percent of the snaps in his first game back from a two-game absence, while Cooper Helfet played 19 percent.
  • Add it all up, and on a day where the Seahawks had to throw a ton, their "base" offense became three receivers, one tight end (Willson) and one back (Lynch).  

Defense

  • Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright played all 65 snaps, while Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas played all but two.
  • Kam Chancellor missed the first four plays of the game, the result of getting banged up on the opening kickoff. Kelcie McCray started in his place.
  • DeShawn Shead started at right cornerback, but Jeremy Lane saw the most playing time after Sherman at corner, playing 86 percent of the snaps, while Shead played 68 percent, also playing the nickel corner spot.
  • Michael Bennett led the defensive linemen in playing time at 89 percent, followed by Brandon Mebane (68 percent), Ahtyba Rubin (55 percent), Cliff Avril (37 percent), Jordan Hill (34 percent), Demarcus Dobbs (32 percent), Cassius Marsh (28 percent) and Frank Clark (26 percent). Avril, whose playing time is usually similar to Bennett's, left the game in the second quarter with a neck injury.

Special teams

  • Shead, whose game included a 17-yard run on a fake punt, played 83 percent of the special teams snaps along with Marsh, McCray, Mike Morgan and Brock Coyle. Derrick Coleman was next at 67 percent, followed by Steven Terrell at 63 percent.
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