NFL Playoffs: 4 Overlooked Keys to the 49ers' Success

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NFL Playoffs: 4 Overlooked Keys to the 49ers' Success
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49er linebacker Patrick Willis

Included among the many reasons for the unexpected success of the resurgent San Francisco 49ers are such obvious points as the dominant play of the defensive front four, the speed of Patrick Willis and the other 49er linebackers, Alex Smith's careful management of the offense and avoidance of turnovers, the superb special teams play and kicking game, etc.

In addition to these reasons, however, there are at least a few contributing factors that have not been as widely discussed, but which have made and may continue to make a positive difference. Four of these are discussed below.

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