San Francisco 49ers: 4 Underrated Stats That Were Crucial to Success in 2011
Let's take just a second and gather some of the 49ers' team accomplishments in 2011 from a statistical standpoint.
We're all aware that San Francisco benefited from an NFL-best plus-28 turnover ratio, a number that was undeniably responsible for a great deal of their success a year ago.
A staunch run defense held opposing teams without a rushing touchdown for the first 14 games of the season, leading to a league-low three rushing TDs given up on the year.
Also, a fierce pass rush led by rookie phenom Aldon Smith helped the Niners D tally 42 sacks (ranked seventh in NFL), and sound tackling was a popular theme throughout.
And, of course, special teams play...
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