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Looking at the Snap Counts from the Seahawks Wild-Card Victory at Minnesota

A look at who played and how much they played in Seattle's wild-card win at Minnesota.

Curious who plays in each game and how much they play, as well as what the distribution of playing time might mean? Throughout the season, we'll post the snap counts for the Seahawks the day after each game and take a look at what stood out.



The five linemen and Russell Wilson played all 58 snaps, while the tight ends saw nearly equal playing time, with Cooper Helfet playing 64 percent of the snaps and Chase Coffman playing 59 percent.

At receiver, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin both played 78 percent of the snaps, followed by Tyler Lockett (66 percent), Kevin Smith (31 percent) and Kasen Williams (7 percent).

Christine Michael didn't just make the start at running back, he was by far the leader in playing time (67 percent) and production (21 carries for 70 yards) at that spot. Fred Jackson played 29 percent of the snaps in his first career postseason game. Derrick Coleman (14 percent) and Will Tukuafu (7 percent) both saw playing time at fullback.


Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright played all 59 snaps. Jeremy Lane started at right cornerback and played 76 percent of the snaps, but DeShawn Shead actually played more (81 percent) as the two split time in that role, with Shead also playing the nickel spot.  

Michael Bennett led the defensive line with 85 percent playing time, while Cliff Avril played 80 percent, Ahtyba Rubin played 73 percent and Brandon Mebane played 68 percent. Those numbers, along with the playing time of Shead, show that the Seahawks used their base defensive line a lot to stop the run, even when they were in a nickel look in the secondary.

With a base D-line playing with five defensive backs on the field at times (and therefore two linebackers), Bruce Irvin, usually the base strongside linebacker and nickel pass-rusher, saw his playing time reduced a bit at 69 percent.

The rest of the defensive line rotation went: Frank Clark (29 percent), Jordan Hill (24 percent), Cassius Marsh and Demarcus Dobbs (7 percent each).

Special Teams

Cassius Marsh, who is establishing himself as a big playmaker on special teams, led the way with 88 percent playing time, followed by Kelcie McCray, Brock Coyle and Mike Morgan at 83 percent. DeShawn Shead played 79 percent of the special teams play, meaning that between his 48 snaps at corner and 19 on special teams, he was on the field for more plays than anyone else, something he has done on a number of occasions this year. Steven Terrell was next at 71 percent, followed by Coleman (67 percent).

The Seahawks hit the road and traveled to Minnesota for the second time this season for the NFC Wild Card Playoff matchup at TCF Bank Stadium and escape with a 10-9 victory to advance to next Sunday's NFC Divisional round.

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