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Packers Week 15 Snap Counts: Rodgers toughs out full game, Burnett returns to safety

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The Packers got their inside linebackers back this week, meaning that their safety was able to play safety again for the entire game.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers pulled out a 30-27 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. As so many games there have been lately, it was a dramatic finish with some heroics from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers blew a 27-10 lead, but were able to bounce back and get one last score late after Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on a 60-yard bomb with just seconds left to get into field goal range.

Meanwhile the defense got a bit of a shakeup in the secondary as a starter was benched. In addition, safety Morgan Burnett actually played safety for the entire game, a change from recent weeks in which he had played down in the box as an inside linebacker.

Here are the snap totals from this week’s game.

OFFENSE (61 total)

Offensive Line

LT David Bakhtiari 61, RT Bryan Bulaga 61, C Corey Linsley 60, LG Lane Taylor 59, RG T.J. Lang 59, OT Jason Spriggs 4, G/C Don Barclay 3

The Packers got a nearly complete performance from the offensive line - Linsley missed one play because of an equipment issue, while Taylor and Lang were out very briefly as a result of minor injuries.

Backfield

QB Aaron Rodgers 61, RB Ty Montgomery 51, FB Aaron Ripkowski 11, RB Christine Michael 11, FB Joe Kerridge 1

The injury to James Starks and Christine Michael’s illness led to a full workload for Montgomery, and boy did he deliver, averaging over 10 yards per carry and scoring twice. Michael did damage in his limited snap count as well, with four carries, including his impressive 42-yard touchdown burst.

Rodgers did not miss a snap despite his injury, but was limited in his movements.

Receivers

WR Jordy Nelson 60, WR Davante Adams 60, WR Randall Cobb 51, TE Jared Cook 40, TE Richard Rodgers 20, WR Geronimo Allison 3, WR Jeff Janis 1

Nelson and Cook caught all but six of Rodgers’ completions on the day, combining for over 200 yards receiving. Of course, that total was buoyed by Nelson’s 60-yard catch that set up the winning field goal. Allison had a single catch for 7 yards, and Janis was given a fake end-around early on that didn’t fool the Bears.

DEFENSE (66)

Secondary

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 66, S Morgan Burnett 66, CB Quinten Rollins 65, CB LaDarius Gunter 64, CB Damarious Randall 42, S/CB Micah Hyde 31, S Kentrell Brice 5, CB Makinton Dorleant 1

The secondary saw Randall get benched in the second half, as the team rolled with Gunter, Rollins, and Hyde as their three corners. Burnett played mainly strong safety in this game, thanks to the return of the Packers’ inside linebackers.

Linebackers

ILB Jake Ryan 55, OLB Julius Peppers 52, OLB Datone Jones 49, ILB Joe Thomas 49, OLB Clay Matthews 29, ILB Blake Martinez 14, OLB Kyler Fackrell 4

Once again, Peppers led the way among the outside linebackers, and he recorded a strip-sack of Matt Barkley on the first play of the second half. Peppers recovered that fumble as well. That was the only sack of the day for the Packers’ defense, however, as they failed to get any consistent pressure on the Bears’ QB. Jayrone Elliott did not see the field on defense after being injured on special teams.

On the inside, Ryan returned to a full workload, pairing with Thomas for most of the game until Thomas himself was injured. Martinez replaced him for the remainder of the game.

Defensive Line

Mike Daniels 50, Letroy Guion 45, Dean Lowry 22, Kenny Clark 14, Christian Ringo 3

The usual suspects were taking the bulk of the snaps for the defense, with Lowry pitching in with several snaps in the base defense. Guion and Daniels had three tackles each, but no members of this unit had any tackles for loss or hits on the quarterback.