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Falcons vs. Seahawks 2016 Playoffs: Snap counts and staying alive

Atlanta had too much sauce.

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The Falcons took down one of the most respected organizations in the league this past Saturday in the Seattle Seahawks, and will go head-to-head with the Green Bay Packers this Sunday for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Here's how they made it past the divisional round.


Chris Chester G: 72 (100%)
Andy Levitre G: 72
Ryan Schraeder T: 72
Jake Matthews T: 72
Alex Mack C: 72
Matt Ryan QB: 72
Levine Toilolo TE: 58
Mohamed Sanu WR: 49
Devonta Freeman RB: 44
Julio Jones WR: 42
Austin Hooper TE: 39
Tevin Coleman RB: 29
Aldrick Robinson WR: 25
Taylor Gabriel WR: 24
Patrick DiMarco FB: 23
Justin Hardy WR: 15
Joshua Perkins TE: 7
Eric Weems WR: 4
Tom Compton T: 1

Even with the return of Austin Hooper to the passing game, Levine Toilolo dominated the snaps at the tight end position. This split is much different from the last several games of the season, where Hooper was either breaking even or comfortably leading. I'm assuming they simply didn't want to over-work him in his first game back.

It's really hard to pin down any pattern with the snap counts at the receiver position, because it seems like every week there's someone who emerges as the number three option. I can only imagine Shanahan and the coaching staff picks out match-ups that favor the offense -- leading to very different lineups on a weekly basis.


Keanu Neal S: 55 (100%)
Robert Alford CB: 55
Ricardo Allen S: 55
Deion Jones LB: 55
Jalen Collins CB: 55
De'Vondre Campbell LB: 52
Grady Jarrett DT: 40
Brian Poole CB: 38
Vic Beasley LB: 31
Dwight Freeney DE: 31
Brooks Reed DE: 28
Jonathan Babineaux DT: 27
Ra'Shede Hageman DT: 20
Tyson Jackson DE: 18
Philip Wheeler LB: 17
Courtney Upshaw DT: 14
Ben Garland C: 9
Adrian Clayborn DE: 3
Deji Olatoye CB: 2

Outside of an unfortunate injury to Adrian Clayborn, there's not much different here this week. The Falcons' defensive snap counts continue to be led by a young, but talented core of players. Jalen Collins has grown into a fine player faster than we could've hoped for, and the rookie trio of Keanu, Deion, and De'Vondre has helped get this defense hot at the right time.

Thoughts on this week's counts?