Why the San Francisco 49ers Have the Best Defense in the NFC

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Why the San Francisco 49ers Have the Best Defense in the NFC
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh has the 49ers off to a 5-1 start

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a 5-1 start and lead the NFC West by two-and-a-half games over the Seattle Seahawks.  The 49ers are off to their best start since 1998 and it has surprised the football world.

The 49ers are led by a stellar defense that has kept them in every game, allowing the offense multiple opportunities to get the job done.  The formula has been a success so far, as Alex Smith has engineered three come-from-behind victories.

Do the 49ers have the best defense in the NFC?

Right now, the answer is a resounding "yes."

Let's take a look at five key factors as to why this defense is the best in the division.

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