How the San Francisco 49ers Became the NFL’s Team to Beat in 2013

June 22, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Coming off back-to-back division crowns, two conference title games and one Super Bowl berth, the San Francisco 49ers are one of the NFL’s scariest teams heading into the 2013 season.
In two years under head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have achieved one of the greatest turnarounds in recent memory, ranking No. 11 in points for and No. 2 in points against in consecutive seasons from 2011-2012.
This has equated to a 24-7-1 regular-season record for the former play-caller from Stanford and final pupil of Bill Walsh. It is hardly a coincidence that since Harbaugh’s induction, the 49ers have been winning nearly 80 percent of their games, per Pro Football Reference.
The franchise has hardly made a single questionable decision during his tenure.
Now, while the head coach is at the forefront of this resurgence, he is more like the final component. A lot contributed to the Niners' recent rise to prominence. A team this dominant does not get that way overnight, ...

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