Here’s a breakdown of the snap counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ wild 16-15 win over the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round of the 2019 NFL playoffs.
The starting offensive line and the starting quarterback played the entire game. That’s a recipe for success.
Alshon Jeffery nearly played the entire game against his former team. He finished as the Eagles’ leading receiver with six receptions for 82 yards on nine total targets.
Zach Ertz had five for 52 and Nelson Agholor had three for 32.
Golden Tate had his second highest snap percentage since the Eagles traded for him. It’s a little interesting to see the Eagles went with more 11 personnel (one tight end) when 12 personnel (two tight ends) had been working so well for them recently. The Bears have been good against two tight end sets this season, so perhaps the Eagles didn’t like the matchup. Also, perhaps Bears starting nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan being out encouraged the Eagles to go with more three wide receiver looks. Callahan’s backup, Sherrick McManis, also got banged up in this game. I’m sure the Eagles’ decision to go to Tate with the game on the line was aided by the Bears having a weakness at the slot corner spot. Tate finished the night with five receptions for 46 yards and one game-winning score.
More playing time for Tate meant a little less playing time for Dallas Goedert. The rookie tight end only had two catches but they were high impact plays: a touchdown and a catch-and-run for a first down.
Darren Sproles led Eagles running backs in playing time once again. He received the most touches of any back with 15 — 13 carries for 21 yards and two receptions for 14 yards.
Wendell Smallwood finished the game with 10 total touches — eight carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 20 yards. He was inches away from having a successful two-point conversion following the Eagles’ final touchdown.
Jordan Matthews drew a 33-yard pass interference penalty that ultimately set up Goedert’s touchdown.
Josh Adams took a carry for two yards on the Eagles’ first drive and then didn’t play for the rest of the game. Eagles clearly didn’t like this matchup for him.
Boston Scott played his first offensive snap with the Eagles but he did not have any touches.
Bears snap count note: All Pro starting safety Eddie Jackson was active but did not play at all. That ended up being a big break for the Eagles.
Nigel Bradham, who was a beast, and the starting secondary played the entire game.
Brandon Graham only had a solo tackle to his name despite missing just six snaps.
Michael Bennett had a really dumb penalty — especially for a veteran player — but he filled the stat sheet with three solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and one quarterback hit. He’s had a real good season.
The Bears clearly gave a lot of extra attention to Fletcher Cox, who had one solo tackle, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. What doesn’t show up in his stats is how he forced Mitchell Trubisky into some throwaways by being so disruptive.
Cre’Von LeBlanc was active against his former team: three solo tackles and a pass breakup.
Tre Sullivan playing 75% of the snaps shows you how Jim Schwartz likes packages with extra defensive backs on the field. Sullivan dropped a sure pick in the end zone.
Chris Long didn’t have any tackles or sack but he did hit Trubisky twice.
Jordan Hicks wasn’t on the injury report heading into this game but his workload continues to be limited. The increased use of dime packages meant Bradham was the sole linebacker out there for a majority of the defensive snaps.
Timmy Jernigan’s 22 snaps played were a season high. Good to see his workload getting increased. Jernigan was productive in limited action with one solo tackle, one sack, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. He has the ability to take advantage of Cox getting extra attention from blockers.
The Eagles didn’t use much base defense in this game so that explains Kamu Grugier-Hill’s limited action.
After being a healthy scratch last week, Shelton Gibson played just five special teams snaps in this game.
Daeshon Hall didn’t get any defensive snaps for the first time since the Eagles signed him several weeks ago.
DID NOT PLAY
INACTIVE: Carson Wentz, Sidney Jones, Mike Wallace, D.J. Alexander, Bruce Hector, Matt Pryor, Chance Warmack
ACTIVE: Nate Sudfeld