Championship Week Snapshots: The Verge of Immortality

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 14, 2014

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-The 49ers are undefeated in their last eight games dating back to November 25. Their average margin of victory: 25.6 to 15.5.

-Colin Kaepernick has only thrown two interceptions in the last eight games, and the 49ers as a team have only committed four turnovers in that time, compared to 11 takeaways on defense.

-The 49ers are a perfect 11-0, counting the playoff win in Carolina, when winning the interception battle. In other words, they're 3-4 overall when losing or tying in it.

-Playoffs included, the 49ers are 8-2 on the road this season, winning their last five away from the Bay. Of course, one of those losses was the 29-3 beating in Seattle back in Week 2.

KEY MATCHUP: How did the 49ers hold off the Seahawks back in Week 14 at Candlestick? It began by shutting down Marshawn Lynch to a healthy degree. "Beast Mode" was contained to the tune of 72 yards on 20 carries, a mere 3.6 YPA. Lynch had no run longer than 11 yards in the process. In addition, Russell Wilson averages close to seven net yards a throw, and the 49ers containment knocked that back to 6.59 yards in the game.

That's San Fran's bread and butter, defensive containment. Being ninth both against the run (3.87 YPA) and in net passing yards per attempt (5.68) stopped the Panthers dead in their tracks. If Patrick Willis and company can do this while neutralizing the crowd, they've got a great shot.

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