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Note: Some of the snap count figures from Sunday's Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints game in terms of which players participated were inaccurate. The following figures take into account how the snap counts were calculated in the final game book as it was posted.

Falcons nickelback Robert McClain wasn't overly concerned about Josh Wilson being listed ahead of him on the depth chart, and for good reason.

McClain figured he'd get plenty of opportunities regardless. In fact, he was the first and only nickel to take the field during Sunday's 37-34 overtime win over the Saints. And he made quite an impact, intercepting a Drew Brees pass in the end zone during the third quarter, setting upAntone Smith's 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown that gave the Falcons their first lead at 24-20.

McClain played 51 of 75 defensive snaps, while Wilson only saw time on special teams.

Here are some other snap count figures:

  • Safety Kemal Ishmael played 14 snaps as the Falcons opted for a three-safety look, at times, with William Moore, Dwight Lowery and Ishmael all on the field. "I love it," Moore said of the look. "Kemal's a heck of an athlete, and I told him before the season ... I told you guys he showed up in training camp and he's been playing lights out. It's just showing a comfort with the coaches that we've got to get this guy on the field. And that's what we did."
  • Julio Jones played 67 of 72 offensive snaps in his return from foot surgery. He had a team-high seven catches for 116 yards while being targeted nine times. Fellow receiverDevin Hester played 20 offensive snaps and responded with five catches for 99 yards while being targeted six times.
  • The running back foursome broke down like this: Steven Jackson (32 of 72 offensive snaps), Jacquizz Rodgers (28), Antone Smith (seven) and Devonta Freeman (five). They accounted for 181 total yards (rushing and receiving) and two touchdowns.
  • Rookie Prince Shembo played 10 snaps at inside linebacker alongside Paul Worrilow, who played every snap and tied Lowery for the team lead with 10 tackles. Shembo spelledJoplo Bartu (53 snaps).
  • Osi Umenyiora played 32 defensive snaps as the designated pass rusher but was unable to record a sack. He had two tackles.
  • Starting defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson played 43 and 34 snaps, respectively. Soliai's total accounted for 57 percent of the defensive snaps, while Jackson's was 45 percent. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will be able to decipher Tuesday what type of impact they made in those limited snaps.
  • Speaking of defensive tackles, rookie Ra'Shede Hageman played 15 snaps.
  • Along the offensive line, Gabe Carimi played 59 of 72 offensive snaps at both right and left tackle, while Lamar Holmes played 55 snaps at right tackle. The two knew they would have to rotate at right tackle going into the game. But Carimi ended the game at left tackle after Jake Matthews suffered a left ankle injury. Matthews played 30 snaps before exiting.

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