Rare blowout victory for 49ers

October 10, 2011, 2:09 am
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have gotten off to a 4-1 record, which is their best start since 2002. That's the last year, of course, the 49ers went to the playoffs.

With their 48-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the 49ers have a three-game win streak for the first time since 2006.The 49ers maintain their two-game lead in the NFC West over the second-place Seattle Seahawks (2-3), an upset winner at the New York Giants.The 45-point winning margin was the 49ers' most lopsided victory in the regular season since Dec. 27, 1987, when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 48-0 on Dec. 27, 1987. On Jan. 28, 1990, the 49ers beat the Denver Broncos by 45 points, 55-10, in Super Bowl XXIV.It matches the largest winning margin in the NFL this season. The Detroit Lions defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 48-3 in Week 2. Coincidentally, the 49ers and Lions face each other next week in Detroit.It was the most points the 49ers have scored since a 50-14 win over Arizona on Dec. 7, 2003.

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