|Series leader: Dolphins 5-4 in the regular season, but the 49ers won the most important matchup between these two teams, Super Bowl XIX.
Streaks: The 49ers have won four of the past five meetings, but not the most recent showdown, a 24-17 Dolphins victory in Week 12 of the 2004 season.
|A 1-15 mess last season, the surprising Dolphins are entertaining AFC East title hopes with three weeks left in this season. However, the road from worst to first won't be easy. No longer a part of their own division's title chase, the 49ers are wrecking havoc on the playoff hopes of other teams as Mike Singletary's team has won three of its past four games, including victories over the Bills two weeks ago and the Jets last week.
||The 49ers have 55 plays that have gone for 20 or more yards, second-most in the NFC. ... 49ers WR Isaac Bruce is the active leader in receiving yards with 14,804, which ranks third all-time behind Jerry Rice (22,895) and Tim Brown (14,934). ... Dolphins QB Chad Pennington -- one of the most valuable acquisitions of this past offseason -- ranks second in the AFC with a 93.7 passer rating. ... In his past three games as a starter, Dolphins WR Davone Bess, an undrafted free agent, has 20 catches for 245 yards.