No. 3: 49ers win soundly when they don’t turn the ball over
Another positive trend that’s been working, the 49ers have been on the right side of the turnover differential for the last two weeks, putting together those decisive victories over both the Rams and the Jaguars.
Not the case three weeks ago when the Niners were beset by turning the ball over three times against the Arizona Cardinals in perhaps the ugliest loss of the season.
No turnovers in Week 10 against Los Angeles, paired with two San Francisco defensive takeaways. Almost identically in Week 11, the 49ers forced two defensive takeaways against the Jags, too, while protecting the ball and not allowing Jacksonville any chance to shift the momentum by taking the ball away.
Sure, there are plenty of other factors at play here. But it’s no small coincidence the Niners have managed to score 61 combined points over the last two weeks while allowing only 20 during that span.
San Francisco might not be a ballhawking team this season, at least in terms of defensive takeaways. But it can control the ball by not turning it over.
The last two weeks have shown what kind of results this can generate.