Looking at the margin of loss in the losses we have had from last year, I calculated the following:
Average margin of loss: 9.7
Average margin of loss: 11.4
That is an improvement, but what is especially interesting is when you take out the worst game for both years:
The lopsided loss to the Falcons this year skews the numbers a fair bit, the main point is that the 49ers have been in all of their games with the exception of the Falcon game, and all they needed was a TD or less to turn those games from a loss to a win (or at least send the game into overtime). In prior years, in many games, the game was over by half-time.
If we continue to improve, I think next year we will be seeing a lot more wins in the win column.