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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Road victories put 49ers in good company

By Mike Sando

The San Francisco 49ers have a 2-0 record on the road as part of their 3-1 overall record.

That puts them in good early position within the NFC West, where road victories figure to be elusive this season.

If the 49ers are competent at home and better than their division rivals on the road, their chances for an NFC West title increase significantly. And if the 49ers can win the division, they'll qualify for the postseason.

It's early, of course, but as the chart from Elias Sports Bureau shows teams winning their first two road games have qualified for the playoffs 68.3 percent of the time since 2002.

Unfortunately for the 49ers, they let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against Dallas slip away at home. Otherwise, they'd be 4-0 and commanding this division, not just leading it.