However, the second 49ers team is from before the Joe Montana and Steve Young years. The 1970 San Francisco 49ers, led by MVP quarterback John Brodie are one of those seven teams. The 1970 49ers finished second in yards per attempt, first in sack rate, third in touchdown rate and first in interception rate. According to FP, that 49ers team averaged 7.6 ANY/A, while the second-best team that was year at 5.7 ANY/A.
For comparison's sake, the 1970 49ers finished the season 13th in points allowed. They finished the season 10-3-1, claiming the NFC West by one game over the Los Angeles Rams. It was odd that there were actually a lot of ties that year, with 9 games ending in ties. The 49ers won their divisional round matchup over the Minnesota Vikings by a final score of 17-14. They lost 17-10 to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game, who subsequently lost to the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. 1970 was the first of three straight years in which the 49ers went to the playoffs and were eliminated by the Cowboys.