How 49ers' defense can set franchise record

December, 6, 2011
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The San Francisco 49ers lead the NFL in fewest points allowed.

They're on pace to set a franchise single-season record for fewest points allowed per game. They can set the record by holding their four remaining opponents to 14 points per game or fewer.

The 49ers have allowed 161 points in 12 games, an average of 13.4 points per game. The 1976 team allowed 190 points in 14 games, or 13.6 per game. That means the current team must hold its remaining four opponents to beneath 57 combined points.

Arizona (19.3), Pittsburgh (22.3), Seattle (18.0) and St. Louis (11.7) would score 71 total points (17.8 per game) if they met their season averages. Of course, those averages were set mostly against teams with weaker defenses.

For the 49ers, holding their final four opponents to 14 points per game seems reasonable, particularly after watching San Francisco shut out St. Louis on Sunday.

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