Without Dannell Ellerbe, Eagles Went Small on Defense

Here's the most important thing you need to know about Eagles' snap counts from Sunday night: Nate Sudfeld got three snaps. 

He carried the ball three times for negative-4 yards. Victory formation. 

The Eagles are heading to Super Bowl LII. And this is the play time recipe that got them there: 

On defense, the Eagles were without starting MIKE linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, so Najee Goode started but played just six snaps. 

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Without Ellerbe the Eagles elected to go with a smaller lineup. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod didn't leave the field, playing 67 defensive snaps. Patrick Robinson played 56 and Corey Graham played 35. Getting a big lead in this game played into the Eagles' hand. They probably wanted to get to a smaller lineup. 

Fletcher Cox played 53 of 67 snaps (79 percent). He played 90 percent in the last game, but the Eagles' huge lead in this one certainly allowed for more rotation. 

Rookie Derek Barnett actually played 33 snaps, two more than Chris Long. But both players came up with huge plays in the 38-7 win. 

On offense, the entire offensive line played all 65 snaps, while Nick Foles played 62. He was pulled early and got a huge ovation from fans who watched him slice and dice the NFL's best defense all evening. 

Jay Ajayi led the way in snaps for running backs with 30 and finished with 99 all-purpose yards. Corey Clement got 21 snaps, while LeGarrette Blount had just 11. But Blount made the most of his snaps; he had that big 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Eagles the lead. 

Here are full snap counts from the NFC Championship Game win: 

Offense
Lane Johnson - 65 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 65 (100)
Brandon Brooks - 65 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 65 (100)
Jason Kelce - 65 (100)
Nick Foles - 62 (95)
Alshon Jeffery - 59 (91)
Zach Ertz - 53 (82)
Nelson Agholor - 46 (71)
Torrey Smith - 41 (63)
Jay Ajayi - 30 (46) 
Brent Celek - 28 (43)
Corey Clement - 21 (32)
Mack Hollins - 15 (23)
Trey Burton - 13 (20)
LeGarrette Blount - 11 (17)
Isaac Seumalo - 8 (12)
Nate Sudfeld - 3 (5)

Defense
Rodney McLeod - 67 snaps (100 percent)
Malcolm Jenkins - 67 (100)
Nigel Bradham - 67 (100)
Jalen Mills - 67 (100)
Ronald Darby - 66 (99)
Patrick Robinson - 56 (84)
Brandon Graham - 53 (79)
Fletcher Cox - 53 (79)
Mychal Kendricks - 37 (55)
Vinny Curry - 36 (54)
Corey Graham - 35 (52)
Derek Barnett - 33 (49)
Chris Long - 31 (46)
Tim Jernigan - 27 (40)
Beau Allen - 24 (36)
Destiny Vaeao - 11 (16)
Najee Goode - 6 (9)
Nate Gerry - 1 (1) 

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