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By The Numbers: Behind the 49ers Perfect 8-0 Start

The San Francisco 49ers are 8-0 through the first half of the 2019 season. As the 49ers begin their second half of the schedule let's review the numbers that have helped attribute to the team's hot start.

1-of-3 teams to have four players with 4.0 or more sacks on the season.

1-of-5: DeForest Buckner is one of the five players in the NFL with 33 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2019. (New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack and Houston Texans Whitney Mercilus).

2 pick-sixes on the season. (CB Richard Sherman and CB Ahkello Witherspoon in Week 1 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

2 makes Emmanuel Sanders the second player in 49ers history to record a touchdown reception in their first two games (Paul Salata, 1950)

3 total interceptions ties Richard Sherman for fourth-most in the league.

5 consecutive games with a touchdown drive to open up the second half. (Weeks 1-5). According to Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time the 49ers scored a touchdown in five-consecutive games on their first possession of the second half in the last 40 years.

5.29 is Matt Breida's average yards per carry, the third-highest in the league.


7 catches of 20 or more yards by George Kittle, tied for third among tight ends with Philadelphia Eagles Zach Ertz.

7.0 sacks by Nick Bosa, tied for the most among rookies with Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen. Bosa and Allen are also tied for the 10th-most sacks in the NFL.

10 different 49ers have registered a touchdown reception this season, the most in the NFL. (WR Emmanuel Sanders- 2, TE George Kittle - 2, WR Dante Pettis- 2, RB Matt Breida 1, WR Deebo Samuel - 1, WR Marquise Goodwin- 1, WR Kendrick Bourne - 1, RB Tevin Coleman - 1, WR Richie James Jr. - 1 and RB Raheem Mostert - 1.)

10 different members of the 49ers defense have recorded at least 0.5 sacks. (DL Nick Bosa - 7.0, DL Arik Armstead 5.5, DL Dee Ford - 5.5, DL DeForest Buckner- 4.0, DL Ronald Blair III - 3.0, DL Solomon Thomas - 2.0, LB Dre Greenlaw - 1.0, DL D.J. Jones - 1.0, LB Kwon Alexander, - 0.5 and CB K'Waun Williams - 0.5)

10.5 per return by the 49ers punt return unit, the third-best mark in the league.

11 tackles for loss by Bosa, tied for the most in the league with Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett.

12 sacks allowed by the offensive line, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints.

12.8 points per game allowed, which leads the NFC and is second-best in the league.

15 turnovers forced by the 49ers defense. (10 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries).

16 wins for Jimmy Garoppolo in his 18 career starts, the most by a quarterback since 1950. (Buffalo Bills QB Daryle Lamonica – 17, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger – 17, Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino – 16 and Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach – 16).

19 total yards allowed on punt returns, the best mark in the league.

19 passes hauled in by Kittle on third downs this season, tied for second-most in the league with Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews.

20 drives that have started inside the opponent's 50-yard line, the second-most in the NFL behind the Patriots (21).

22.3 miles-per-hour top speed recorded on Breida's 83-yard touchdown against the Browns in Week 5. The fastest run by a ball carrier this season, according to NFL's Next Gen Stats.

29.4 average points scored per game, third-best in the league.

30 sacks on the season, tied for third with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


34.8 yard-line average start position, a league best.

34:31 minutes of possession per game, the second-best in the NFL.

48.6 percent conversion rate on third downs, the third-best mark in the NFL.

50.7 percent conversion rate on third downs via the pass, the highest in the league.

60 yard punt recorded in Week 5, the longest of Mitch Wishnowsky's career.

70.8 completion rate for Garoppolo, the fourth-highest percentage among starting quarterbacks.

100.6 quarterback rating for Garoppolo, the ninth-best among starting quarterbacks.

102 points allowed through eight games, the second-best in the NFL.


133 plus point differential on the season, the second-highest in the NFL.

171.1 average yards per game by the 49ers rushing attack, the second-best mark in the league.

138.1 passing yards per game allowed by the defense, the lowest allowed in the league.

241.0 total yards per game allowed by the defense, the lowest in the NFL.

281 yard-after-catch fought for by Kittle, the second highest among tight ends.

390.3 average yards per game, fourth-best in the NFC and seventh-best in the NFL.

1,194 plus net yardage differential, a league best.

3,122 total net yards on offense.


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