coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:08 AM

Ariel view of the pregame set



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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:09 AM

The underdog has covered four of the last five Super Bowls and eight of the last 11.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:10 AM

Aldon Smith has 35.5 sacks in his first two seasons, but none this postseason.
Despite his recent sack drought, his 33.5 regular-season sacks through two seasons are the most by any player since the NFL started tracking sacks in 1982.

Aldon has recorded 34.5 of his 35.5 career sacks with Justin Smith on field. In the 141 dropbacks that Aldon Smith has seen without Justin Smith, he has only one sack.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:11 AM

The Niners have greatly increased the use of the option their two playoff games, running the play 29 times while averaging 8.4 yards per rush with four touchdowns. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:12 AM

The 49ers are reasonably well-equipped to handle Joe Flacco.

They have allowed only three touchdown passes against them this season on throws that traveled at least 21 yards in the air, tied for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Opponents are 21-for-72 on throws of that length against the 49ers this season. The 29 percent opponnents’ completion percentage ranked 11th-best in the NFL.

The 49ers' defense has allowed multiple completions on passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield in three straight games, with opponents going 7-of-13 on those throws, including Matt Ryan's first-quarter touchdown to Julio Jones in the NFC championship.

The 49ers didn’t allow multiple completions in back-to-back games the first 15 games of the season.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:12 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have outscored opponents 114-58 in the third quarter this season.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:12 AM

The Niners have been outscored 64-78 by their opposition in the first quarter this season.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:15 AM

The 49ers finished second in the league in scoring defense in 2012, allowing 17.1 points per game. That is 10 spots better than the Ravens' defense.

Teams with top-two scoring defenses are 16-5 all-time in the Super Bowl when not facing another top-two scoring defense and have won eight straight.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:16 AM

The 49ers have been beat up by the deep ball recently, allowing 15 plays of 20 or more yards in the last three games, with four of those plays posting 40 or more yards. They gave up only 32 plays of 20 or more yards in the 15 games previous. To cut the Niners some slack, those games were against elite QBs Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

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coleryan Posts:21290 Followers:24
02/03/2013 11:17 AM

49ers have played from an early deficit in both playoff games so far

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