San Francisco 49ers: 4 Underrated Stats That Were Crucial to Success in 2011

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San Francisco 49ers: 4 Underrated Stats That Were Crucial to Success in 2011
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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 was huge. Kicker David Akers booted an NFL-record 44 field goals on 52 attempts. 

But, a deeper look into the stats offers a few more clues to what made this well-rounded bunch so successful a season ago. 

Head coach Jim Harbaugh is a tireless worker that stresses attention to detail, and that surprisingly shows through in the numbers, despite the lockout eating most of his first offseason with the team.

Let us now look into four different statistical categories that often go unmentioned when analyzing San Francisco's success in the 2011 season.

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