Superlatives from the 49ers' 6-1 start

November 1, 2011, 12:50 am
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The 49ers are making history through the first seven games of the season. And thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for uncovering some interesting facts.Such as . . . --The 49ers are the first team in 91 years to have a rushing touchdown in each of the first seven games while not allowing a rushing touchdown. As some of you might remember, the Buffalo All-Americans accomplished the same thing in 1920 against a schedule of non-league teams. The McKeesport Olympics, Toledo Maroons and Rochester Jeffersons were some of the opponents on Buffalo's schedule that season.

--Frank Gore joins Larry Johnson, O.J. Simpson and Terrell Davis as the only players since 1970 to gain at least 125 yards and one touchdown rushing in four consecutive games. Johnson (2005) and Simpson (1975) made it five games.--With a record of 6-1, the 49ers have tied the best start through seven games for a team that lost at least 10 games the previous season.And here are some statistics in which the 49ers rank among the tops in the NFL this season:--The 49ers lead the league in defensive points allowed at 15.3 points a game.--Alex Smith and the 49ers are the best team in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.1 percent. (That's 1.1 interceptions for every 100 passes attempted.)--Punter Andy Lee and the coverage unit rank No. 1 with a net average of 44.2 yards.--The 49ers lead the league in run defense, allowing just 73.4 yards rushing a game.--The 49ers own the best red-zone defense. They've allowed the opposition to score touchdowns on just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) trips inside the 49ers' 20-yard line.--Aldon Smith leads all rookies with 6.5 sacks. (He ranks seventh in the league among all players.)--Running back Frank Gore is one of four running backs with four or more opportunities to convert every third-and-1 running play.--The 49ers rank second in the NFL with a plus-10 turnover margin.
--The 49ers' return unit rank second in the league with an average starting point of the 25.4 yard line after kickoffs.
--Alex Smith is third in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 104.9.--Ted Ginn ranks third in the NFL with a 29.8 average on kickoffs.--Cornerback Carlos Rogers is tied for third in the NFL with three interceptions.--Linebacker Patrick Willis is tied for fourth in the league with two fumble recoveries.--Gore is fifth in the NFL with 675 yards rushing.

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