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San Francisco 49ers 2013 Year in Review

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Take a look at all the key statistics from the 2013 San Francisco 49ers.

Following a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012, the San Francisco 49ers battled through adversity and high expectations to reach the NFC Championship Game for the third year in a row. Head coach Jim Harbaugh led his team to a 12-4 regular season record as the team closed out historic Candlestick Park and moves to its new home in 2014, Levi’s® Stadium.

Possessing a deep, talented roster, the 49ers had nine players selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the second most in the NFL – LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Ahmad Brooks, TE Vernon Davis, RB Frank Gore, G Mike Iupati, S Eric Reid, DT Justin Smith, T Joe Staley and LB Patrick Willis. San Francisco also had one first-team AP All-Pro selection – Bowman, and four second-teamers – Brooks, V. Davis, J. Smith and Staley.

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The 49ers defense continued its dominance under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The unit finished third in the NFL in scoring defense (17.0 points per game), fourth in rushing defense (95.9 yards per game), fifth in total defense (316.9 yards per game) and seventh in passing defense (221 yards per game). They were also the only team to not allow a 100-yard rusher during the regular season.

In 2013, the Niners featured a balanced offensive attack. Frank Gore rushed for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns, which ranked t-6th in the NFL. WR Anquan Boldin registered team-highs in receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,179). It marked the first time since 2003 that the 49ers have had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. QB Colin Kaepernick passed for 3,197 yards, the most for a 49ers QB since 2002 (Jeff Garcia – 3,344). He also rushed for 524 yards during the regular season, which is the second highest single-season rushing total by a quarterback in franchise history (Steve Young, 1992 – 537). During the postseason, Kaepernick rushed for 98 yards at Green Bay (1/5/14 – NFC Wild Card Playoffs) and 130 yards at Seattle (1/19/14 – NFC Championship game). He now owns three of the top five rushing performances by a quarterback in NFL postseason history.

The 49ers special teams unit was spectacular all season long. Veteran K Phil Dawson made 32 of 36 field goal attempts, including a franchise-record 27 in a row, en route to recording the second-most made field goals in franchise history. He made two game-winning field goals [vs. Seattle (12/8) and at Arizona (12/29)] and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Weeks 14 and 17 for both performances. Andy Lee finished the season with the third-highest gross average per punt (48.2 yards) and fourth-highest net average (41.7 yards) in the NFL.

San Francisco also took part in the NFL International Series, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-10, at Wembley Stadium in London. With the win, the 49ers became the second team to win multiple games at Wembley Stadium (New England).

The 49ers hosted the final regular season game at Candlestick Park against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 23. The game marked the 350th played by the 49ers in their longtime home, “It’s an iconic venue,” said Harbaugh when asked to sum up his feelings before the farewell game. “It’d be an honor to be on that sideline for the last game at Candlestick, and we want to win it.”

The 49ers would go on to win the game, 34-24, in epic fashion. In the fourth quarter, after closing the gap to 3 points and recovering a crucial onside kick, the Falcons seemed poised to score a go-ahead touchdown and threaten the festivities of the final game at Candlestick. However, The ‘Stick had one last moment left when CB Tramaine Brock broke up a Matt Ryan pass and Bowman was in position to make an interception and returned it 89 yards for the score, sealing the legacy of the historic venue and sending the 49ers into the playoffs.

The season came to an end after dropping a back-and-forth contest with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, 23-17, in the NFC title game at CenturyLink Field. Harbaugh became the first head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a conference title game in each of his first three seasons.


TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

WINNING BIG

• San Francisco had an average margin of victory of 15.33 points, which was the third highest average in the NFL (Denver - 17.15; Seattle - 15.46) (minimum 10 wins).

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
• The Niners were one of only three teams that did not allow a defensive touchdown in the regular season (Carolina; Kansas City).

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD

• The 49ers scored 30-or-more points in eight games in 2013, the most by the team since 1998 (10 games).

OUTSCORE YOUR OPPONENT
• The 49ers outscored opponents 406-272 during the regular season for a scoring differential of 134, which ranked third in the NFL (Denver - 207; Seattle - 186).

ANY TIME, ANY PLACE
• The 49ers were one of only three teams in the NFL to win at least six games at home and on the road (Seattle and Denver).

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

REACHING THE SECOND LEVEL
• The 49ers had 20 rushing plays of 20-or-more yards, ranking first in the NFL. The 49ers also had 68 rushing plays of 10-or-more yards, which was third in the league (Philadelphia - 74; Seattle - 71).

TURNOVERS INTO POINTS
• The 49ers ranked second in the NFL by scoring 129 points off of 30 opponent turnovers (Kansas City - 147). The 49ers converted 23 of those turnovers into 15 touchdowns and 8 field goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 129 points off of turnovers during the regular season was the third-most by the team since 1986 (150 in 1986; 139 in 1997).

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

LIMITING THE YARDS

• The 49ers defense allowed just 221.0 net passing yards per game, which ranked seventh in the NFL.

GETTING OFF THE FIELD

• San Francisco’s opponents converted on just 34.1 pct. of their third-down attempts, which was tied for the fifth-best percentage in the NFL.

LIMIT THE BIG PLAY
• The 49ers defense allowed 48 plays of 20-or-more yards this season, which ranked t-3rd in the NFL (Seattle - 36; Cincinnati -42; New York Giants - 48).

HARD TO COME BY
• San Francisco’s defense gave up just 95.9 rushing yards per game this season, ranking fourth-best in the NFL (Arizona - 84.4; Carolina - 86.9; New York Jets - 88.3).

KEEP ‘EM UNDER 100
• The Niners were the only team in the NFL to not allow a 100-yard rusher in the regular season.