Josh Bynes didn't think he'd ever played 100 snaps in a game before, until he remembered he did so for Auburn in college during the Outback Bowl one year. But he hadn't done it in the NFL certainly, not until Sunday.
He wasn't the only one. Haason Reddick and Budda Baker also crossed that threshold. The 49ers officially ran 92 offensive plays against the Cardinals, but the league in its snap counts also includes snaps on plays that were wiped out by a penalty -- which makes sense if the play was actually run. That's how Bynes and Reddick each were credited with 98 defensive snaps -- 100 percent possible -- and Baker had 95. Add in the nine special teams snaps Reddick played, and that's 107 total. (Baker was 103 total and Bynes 101 total.)
Coach Steve Wilks waved away the idea that he might pull back in practice this week because of all the snaps and given that the Cardinals have their longest road trip of the season thus far coming Saturday morning when they fly to Minnesota.
"We’ve got to continue to press," Wilks said. "We have to make sure we have to give our guys every opportunity and every chance to get the looks we need before Sunday."
In terms of the high number of defensive plays, "from a mental standpoint I hope it’s not getting to them," Wilks said. "From a physical standpoint we have to find a way to get off the field."
The snap counts brought back the memory of the game in Detroit the Cardinals played in 2015, on the front end of their week-long stay at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. In that game, there were 95 defensive snaps possible for the Cardinals, and including special teams, four players played more than 100 snaps -- Patrick Peterson (94 + 9), Tyrann Mathieu (93 + 8), Jerraud Powers (94 + 10) and Rashad Johnson (92 +14).
By coincidence, Bynes played in that game too, for Detroit, although he had many fewer snaps -- 35 on defense and 21 on special teams.
Like Sunday's 28-18 win, the Cardinals also won in Detroit by pulling away, albeit 41-17 was a much bigger blowout.