INDIANAPOLIS -- The San Francisco 49ers came oh-so-close to reaching Super Bowl XLVI.
Their 20-17 defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game, though most directly related to a special-teams turnover in overtime, reflected shortcomings on offense.
The chart shows how the 49ers and the other NFC West teams compared statistically to Super Bowl participants New England and New York.
Check out the numbers for passing yards per play. The Patriots and Giants far outrank the NFC West in that often telling category.