Numbers to watch: 49ers/Saints

The numbers to watch entering Saturday's NFC playoff semfinal showdown between the 49ers and Saints at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.


0: Playoff road victories for the Saints, who are 0-4 away from home in team history during the postseason.

1: NFL ranking for the Saints in total offense and passing offense, and for the 49ers in rushing defense.

1.1: Interception percentage this season for Alex Smith, which led the NFL and set a new franchise record.

1.19: Points allowed per possession this season by the 49ers, which led the NFL.

3: Rushing touchdowns allowed by 49ers this season, the fewest in NFL history over a 16-game season.

5: Number of 49ers named to the NFL's All-Pro first team this season, the most of any team in the league. The Saints had two first-team All-Pros.

6: Teams in this year's 12-team playoff field that have won a Super Bowl since 2000. That includes Green Bay (Super Bowl XLV), New Orleans (Super Bowl XLIV) and the New York Giants (Super Bowl XLII) among the NFC's final four.

7: Players on New Orleans roster with 425 receiving yards or more this season.

7: New division champions in the playoffs this season, including all four teams in the NFC Final Four. The only repeat champion was New England in the AFC East.

10: Points allowed by the 49ers in their past three games at Candlestick Park. San Francisco allowed 87 points at home this season while going 7-1 at Candlestick.

10: Turnovers this season by the 49ers, tying the NFL record for fewest in a season.

12: The 49ers were one of six teams in this year's playoff field that won 12 games or more in the regular season, which ties the most in NFL history with the 2003 playoff field. Three teams remaining in the NFC semifinals surpassed that total – the Packers (15) and the 49ers and Saints with 13 each. New England (13), Baltimore (12) and Pittsburgh (12) each reached the total in the AFC.

13: Super Bowl championships won by the three teams remaining in the NFC's Final Four – the 49ers (5), Packers (4), Giants (3) and Saints (1).

14: Passing plays of 40 yards or more allowed by the Saints this season, the most in the NFL.

18: Total of interceptions this season by San Francisco's starting secondary of cornerbacks Carlos Rogers (6) and Tarell Brown (4) and safeties Dashon Goldson (6) and Donte Whitner (2). The Saints had nine total interceptions as a team, with just two coming from their starting secondary.

19: Playoff victories by 49ers at Candlestick Park.

24.3: Average yard-line starting spots for 49ers opponents this season, which led the NFL.

28: The 49ers' NFL-leading differential in takeaways/turnovers this season, the second-best total since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger. The Saints had a minus-3 turnover differential this season.

29.9: Average points per game in eight home games this season for the 49ers, which ranked fourth in the NFL

33.5: Average yard-line starting spot for the 49ers on their offensive drives this season, which led the NFL.

34.2: Points per game scored by the Saints during the regular-season, which ranked No. 2 in the NFL.

38: Turnovers forced this season by the 49ers. The Saints forced 16 turnovers this season.

43: Consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass by Drew Brees, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Johnny Unitas' 47.

44: Field goals this season by David Akers, setting a new NFL record.

50.9: Career-high punting average for Andy Lee, which led the NFL. Lee also set a new NFL record with a 44.0-yard net average on his punts.

56.7: The Saints' third-down conversion percentage this season, which set a new NFL record and included a 41.3 success rate when needing 10 yards or more. The 49ers ranked 31st in the league this season with a 29.4 conversion percentage on third downs.

67.7: Drew Brees' completion percentage in eight career playoff games, second-best in NFL history to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (67.8).

96.3: Alex Smith's passer rating against the blitz this season, which ranked third in the NFL behind only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady

166: Points scored this season by David Akers, a franchise record and new NFL record for a kicker.

547: Points scored by the Saints during the regular season, the No. 4 total in NFL history.

626: Total yards of offense for the Saints in last week's Wild Card victory over the Detroit Lions, a new NFL playoff record.

1,211: Rushing yards this season by Frank Gore, which ranked sixth in the NFL and was more than twice the total recorded by any New Orleans player.

2,696: All-purpose yards this season by New Orleans RB/KR Darren Sproles, a new NFL record.

5,476: Passing yards by Drew Brees this season, a new NFL record and 2,326 more yards than 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw for this season. Brees also set a new NFL record this season with a 71.2 completions percentage.


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