The Super Bowl is coming up tomorrow, and with it, the end of the 2011 NFL season.
Both Bay Area teams are done for the year and ready to look ahead to next season, but first we need to take a look at what went right and what needs improving.
So how do each team’s stats measure up? To answer that I present the end of season report card.
First, let’s take a look at the traditional stats and the rankings for each team.
Next, the efficiency stats from football outsiders:
Last but not least, the special team stats which are also from football outsiders.
To determine the grades for each category each grade level was grouped into 6 team rankings, for example and A is given if you are ranked 1-6 in a category and a B is given if you are ranked 7-13 and so on.
Here is the full report card for both teams:
The grades are no surprise if you watched either of these teams this season. The 49ers’ defense and special teams have been among the best in the league, while the offense was just good enough to get them to the playoffs. For the Raiders … their second half of the season represents a pretty big falloff from what they did the first half, and the new regime will have some talent but still a ways to go to harness it.
This was probably one of the better football seasons in the Bay Area in quite a while. The 49ers were a great story and the Raiders — while not exactly a great team — had a chance to make the playoff all the way until the last week of the season.
Both teams seem to be on the upswing which makes waiting for next season to start that much harder.