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3 Stats That Prove the 49ers Are Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders

Devon Platana
Three stats that prove the San Francisco 49ers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Three stats that prove the San Francisco 49ers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. / AP Photos/Craig Lassig
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The San Francisco 49ers have been known for deep playoff runs recently — a trend they hope continues during the 2022 NFL season. There's a lot of pressure on sophomore quarterback Trey Lance to deliver results after Jimmy Garoppolo brought the 49ers to a pair of NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance since 2019.

For now, the 49ers own the seventh-best Super Bowl LVII odds (+1600), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. While there is still a lot left for the Kyle Shanahan-led group to prove, here's a look at three stats that prove how the 49ers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

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1. 310.0 Total Yards Against Per Game (No. 3)

Opposing teams shouldn't expect to produce when playing the 49ers. San Francisco usually fields a solid defense and last year was no different, allowing only 310.0 total yards per game. Including the playoffs, there were nine different games last year when the 49ers held opponents to fewer than 300 total yards. Winning games is all about limiting what foes can do with their opportunities and few teams do that as well as San Francisco. If the 49ers' defense remains that stout, expect them to be a top-five team in this category again.

2. 19.8 Points Per Against Game on the Road (No. 6)

Winning games on the road is one of the toughest things to do in professional sports. Having said that, the 49ers actually won more games on the road last year (6) than they did at Levi's Stadium (4). Much of that road success had to do with them holding their opponents to only 19.8 points per game. The NFC West is one of the toughest divisions in the league and that type of road defense will help them beat teams like the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals in their own stadiums. If the 49ers can pick up their slack at home, they'll be an evenly balanced team that can win whenever and wherever it counts.

3. 6.0 Yards Per Play (No. 2)

During the 2021 NFL season, only the Kansas City Chiefs averaged more yards per play (6.1) than the 49ers. San Francisco's top offensive players are experts at making the most of their opportunities. From Elijah Mitchell in the backfield to dual-threat Deebo Samuel, there's no shortage of playmakers around. That isn't even mentioning Brandon Aiyuk if he continues to break out or even the always-mobile Lance. Teams always have to be careful not to give the 49ers too much leeway, but that's easier said than done when facing off against San Francisco's talented offense.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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