49ers enter NFL record book


49ers enter NFL record book

The 49ers capped their historical regular season Sunday with three entries into the NFL record book.--Punter Andy Lee set the NFL record for single-season net punting average of 43.99 yards. The previous record was held by Oakland's Shane Lechler, who averaged 43.85 net yards in 2009. On Sunday, Lee averaged 56.8 yards (51.4 net) on five punts.
--Kicker David Akers scored 165 points on the season to set the NFL record for most points scored in a single season with no touchdowns. Gary Anderson (Minnesota) held the previous record of 164 points in 1998.RELATED: David Akers 2011 game logs
--The 49ers committed just 10 turnovers on the season to tie the NFL record for fewest giveaways in a season. Last year, the New England Patriots had 10 turnovers. The 49ers went the final 22 quarters without turning the ball over.Among their other superlatives . . .
--The 49ers finished with a plus-28 turnover margin, tied for second-best margin in the NFL for a single season since 1970.--Quarterback Alex Smith finished the season with 160 attempts without an interception -- the second-longest streak in franchise history. In 1993, Steve Young attempted 183 passes without an interception.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
--Smith finished with 17 touchdown passes and five interceptions. His 3.40 touchdown-to-interception ratio is third in franchise history behind Young's 3.57 and 3.50 in 1992 and 1994, respectively.--Smith threw for a career-high 3,150 yards on the season. Receiver Michael Crabtree set single-season highs with 73 catches for 880 yards.
--The 49ers' 13-3 record was the franchise's best mark in the regular season since 1997.--The 49ers won six road games, marking the most road wins for the team since 1996.--The team won five games with 10 a.m. (PT) start times for the first time since going 5-0 in those such games since 1990.RELATED: NFL standings
--Coach Jim Harbaugh became the fourth rookie head coach in NFL history to win 13 or more games. He is the first coach to accomplish the feat after inheriting a team coming off a losing record.
--The 49ers allowed just 23 touchdowns on the season, tying the fewest allowed in a single season in franchise history. In 1971, the 49ers also allowed 23 touchdowns -- but in a 14-game season.\RELATED: Final 49ers 2011 regular season stats--The 49ers allowed an average of 14.3 points a game, the third-best mark in franchise history.--After setting an NFL record for not allowing a rushing touchdown for the first 14 games of the season, the defense fell short of the record for fewest rushing TDs allowed in a season. The Rams scored two rushing touchdowns on Sunday to give the 49ers' defense three TDs allowed on the ground. The NFL record is two, set by four teams. "Many teams" have allowed three rushing TDs in a season, according to the league.--It's almost impossible to track the uniqueness of this, but . . . starting offensive tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis were not penalized for holding the entire season.

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions


Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates


Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”