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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Stat check: Top O vs. Top D

By Mike Reiss

A look at the Patriots in our weekly "stat check", while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the San Francisco 49ers -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 1st (36.3)
Last week: 1st (35.8)
49ers: 13th (24.3)

Points against
This week: 11th (21.0)
Last week: Tied-14th (21.6)
49ers: 1st (14.1)

Third-down offense
This week: 1st (96 of 183, 52.5 percent)
Last week:1st (90 of 171, 52.6 percent)
49ers: 21st (56 of 155, 36.1 percent)

Third-down defense
This week: 26th (68 of 163, 41.7 percent)
Last week: 29th (64 of 149, 43.0 percent)
49ers: 2nd (55 of 175, 31.4 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 1st (Plus-24 -- 34 takeaways, 10 giveaways)
Last week: 1st (Plus-24 – 33 takeaways, 9 giveaways)
49ers: Tied-11th (Plus-6 -- 18 takeaways, 12 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 3rd (40 of 59, 67.8 percent)
Last week: 3rd (37 of 56, 66.1 percent)
49ers: 12th (24 of 43, 55.8 percent)

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 26th (22 of 37, 59.5 percent)
Last week: 24th (20 of 35, 57.1 percent)
49ers: 21st (14 of 25*, 56.0 percent)

* fewest in the NFL