5 Reasons the 49ers Could Field an All-Time Great Defense in 2012

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5 Reasons the 49ers Could Field an All-Time Great Defense in 2012
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Consider the best defenses in the recent history of the NFL, teams like the 1976 Steelers (28 points allowed over their last nine games), the ’85 Bears (10 points allowed in three playoff games, including two shutouts) and the 1990 Giants (13 points allowed vs. a schedule that included seven playoff teams).

The Steelers mauled their opponents, as did the ’85 Bears with their innovative “46” scheme. The ’90 Giants played as physical as any team in the league. With that as a foundation, here are five reasons why in 2012, the Niners could turn into one of the NFL's all-time best defenses.

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