Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers takes the field during player introductions against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have improved in just about every facet of the offense this season. But there is one area where they didn't really need to get much better.
The 49ers are protecting the football better than anybody else in the NFL, and their turnover-free play is reaching historic proportions.
San Francisco hasn't committed a turnover in six consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in NFL history. T
he 49ers can match the league record set by the 2010 New England Patriots on Sunday night when they face the Detroit Lions.
Leading the way is quarterback Alex Smith. Smith hasn't thrown an interception in 185 consecutive regular-season passes after throwing just five picks last season, the fewest in the league for a regular starter.
The Associated Press