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Falcons vs. Packers 2016: Snap counts and a snapped streak

Today we get some happy numbers once again. Sad numbers aren't quite as fun.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons snapped their loss streak and handed the Packers a loss in front of a very green Georgia Dome crowd.

Let's look at how Atlanta engineered their impressive win with a peek of the snap counts.


Chris Chester G: 63 (100%)
Andy Levitre G: 63 
Ryan Schraeder T: 63 
Jake Matthews T: 63 
Alex Mack C: 63 
Matt Ryan QB: 63 
Mohamed Sanu WR: 55 
Julio Jones WR: 53 
Austin Hooper TE: 46 
Devonta Freeman RB: 46 
Taylor Gabriel WR: 32 
Levine Toilolo TE: 27 
Terron Ward RB: 17 
Justin Hardy WR: 12 
Patrick DiMarco FB: 11 
Aldrick Robinson WR: 9 
Jacob Tamme TE: 4 
Tom Compton T: 2
Eric Weems WR: 1

The offense was clicking from the first play. Atlanta didn't punt until their fourth drive, and only did so two times the entire afternoon. Matt Ryan and company put up touchdowns in every quarter of the game, making it hard for Green Bay to keep the lead out of reach. This unit continues to prove that it's capable of producing when Julio Jones doesn't have the flashy stats.

With the game on the line and Julio banged up, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan, carried the Falcons down the field to score the game-winning touchdown. Sanu finished with 10 targets and 9 receptions, which is a huge improvement from his season catch rate average of 64%. A game like last week was seriously needed to calm the horde of angry fans upset with his contract and recent performance.

Jacob Tamme left the game after the Falcons' first drive, and Austin Hooper played in his absence. Hooper looked much improved from the very apparent rookie we first saw in the preseason, and this Thursday is a great opportunity to see what the 3rd round pick out of Stanford can be for this offense going forward.


Robert Alford CB: 62 (100%)
Desmond Trufant CB: 62 
Ricardo Allen S 62 
Keanu Neal S: 62 
Brian Poole CB: 58 
Deion Jones LB: 56 
Adrian Clayborn DE: 49 
Vic Beasley LB: 45 
De'Vondre Campbell LB: 39 
Courtney Upshaw DT: 37 
Grady Jarrett DT: 36 
Jonathan Babineaux DT: 28 
Dwght Freeney DE: 23 
C.J. Goodwin CB: 21 
Brooks Reed DE: 17 
Tyson Jackson DE: 13 
Robensen Therezie S: 8 
Philip Wheeler LB: 4

After a very rough first half, the defense rebounded in the second quarter, holding Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to a mere 8 points. The defense's play was key in the team's comeback victory, but also to blame for the necessity of one. Anytime you let a visiting team score 32 points, you're likely going to be on the losing end. However, I'm going to applaud their second effort and hope their play post-halftime is more indicative of what's to come.

I was a little scared to talk much about it but after several weeks of it showing up, it looks as though the Falcons finally have a pass rush. Adrian Clayborn is finally looking like a first round pick, and a young Vic Beasley is coming into his own.  If this team is going to be the Super Bowl contenders that we hope they are, this aspect of the defense needs to continue to be a force.

Special Teams

Paul Worrilow: 21
Brooks Reed: 21
C.J. Goodwin: 21
LaRoy Reynolds: 17
Eric Weems: 17
Kemal Ishmael: 16
Justin Hardy: 15
Matt Bosher: 14
Austin Hooper: 12
Brian Poole: 12
Tom Compton: 10
Ben Garland: 10
Robensen Therezie: 9
Jonathan Babineaux: 9
Josh Harris: 7
Philip Wheeler: 7
Desmond Trufant: 7
Robert Alford: 7
Patrick DiMarco: 7
Levine Toilolo: 7
Chris Chester: 5
Andy Levitre: 5
Ryan Schraeder: 5
Jake Matthews: 5
Matt Bryant: 5
Tyson Jackson: 4
Grady Jarrett: 4
De'Vondre Campbell: 4
Terron Ward: 3

Punt coverage went horribly wrong on one return but managed to save the touchdown by stopping Trevor Davis at the 15 yard-line. Weems didn't get many opportunities but improved field position when he did. Matt Bryant was money as always and went 2/2 on the day. If they could've prevented the long return, it would've been a nearly spotless day for Armstrong's guys.

Thoughts on the counts?