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December 30, 2013
Season ends: How do 2013 49ers compare to last year's Super Bowl team?


The regular season is over. Now the 49ers will try to return to the spot in which their 2012 ended, the Super Bowl. How did this year's team stack up with last year's eventual NFC champion? Here are some stats and individual notes:

* The 49ers finished 24th in total offense after finishing 11th a year ago.

* They finished 30th in passing offense after finishing 23rd a year ago.

* They finished third in rushing offense (with 18 TDs) after finishing fourth (17 TDs) last year.

* The 49ers ranked 18th in third-down conversion rate, 36.5 percent; Last year they ranked 25th at 35.1 percent.

* The 49ers finished fifth in total defense after finishing third last year.

* The 49ers finished seventh in passing defense after finishing fourth a year ago.

* The 49ers finished fourth in rushing defense after finishing fourth a year ago. They did not allow an opponent to rush for 100 yards or more, although they gave up 11 rushing touchdowns after allowing seven last year.

* The 49ers tied for 18th with 38 sacks; they tied for 11th with 38 sacks last year.

Individual notes:

* NaVorro Bowman finished fifth in the league with 145 tackles. He tied for second in that category with 148 stops a year ago.

* Tramaine Brock finished tied for fifth in interceptions with five. This despite the fact he didn't become a starting cornerback until late November when Tarell Brown hurt his ribs.

* Colin Kaepernick finished with a 91.6 passer rating, good for 10th in the league. He had a 98.3 rating last regular season and a 100.9 rating in the 2012 postseason.

* Frank Gore finished ninth in the league in rushing yards. His nine rushing touchdowns ranked tied for sixth-best in the NFL. Gore's 4.1 yards-per-carry average is the lowest of his career.

* Aldon Smith had no sacks in the 49ers' final two games; he had no sacks in the final three regular-season games a year ago and none in the postseason. Ahmad Brooks and Smith tied with 8 1/2 sacks despite the fact that Brooks started twice as many games as Smith. Brooks did not have a sack in the final five games of the season.

* Anquan Boldin's 1,179 receiving yards ranked 16th in the league. It's his highest total since 2006 when he was with the Cardinals.

* Phil Dawson tied for 14th in field-goal percentage (88.9 percent) and made four of his six attempts from 50 yards or more. (Dawson was second last year at 93.5 percent). By contrast, David Akers was 69 percent for the 49ers last year and 2-6 from 50 yards or more.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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