|1984 San Francisco 49ers season|
|Owner||Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.|
|Head coach||Bill Walsh|
|General manager||John McVay and Carmen Policy|
|Home field||Candlestick Park|
|Division place||1st NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Giants) 21–10|
Won NFC Championship (vs. Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (vs. Dolphins) 38–16
The 1984 San Francisco 49ers season was their 39th season in the National Football League. The season was highlighted by their second Super Bowl victory. The franchise had their best season ever with a record of 15 wins and only 1 loss. Quarterback Joe Montana would be awarded the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in his career, joining Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as the only two-time Super Bowl MVPs.
The 1984 49ers became the first team to win fifteen games in the NFL's regular season since the league went to a sixteen-game schedule in 1978. The 49ers, if not for their loss to the Steelers, would have become the 2nd team after the 1972 Miami Dolphins to complete a perfect season, and the Niners would have been the first to do so since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. The 1985 Chicago Bears, the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 2011 Green Bay Packers, and the 2015 Carolina Panthers would later join the 1984 49ers to finish 15–1, although the 2007 New England Patriots would exceed this feat by finishing the regular season at an unbeaten 16–0.
In the playoffs, the 49ers were the #1 seed. They defeated the Giants 21–10 in the divisional round, then they shut out the Chicago Bears 23–0, and finally defeated the Miami Dolphins 38–16 in Super Bowl XIX. This 49ers team has gone down as the best in franchise history and many call this season the best in Joe Montana's career.
|1||24||Todd Shell||LB||Brigham Young|
|2||Choice to L.A. Raiders|
|2||56(Choice from L.A. Raiders)||John Frank||TE||Ohio State|
|3||73(Choice from St. Louis)||Guy McIntyre||G||Georgia|
|3||Choice to St. Louis|
|4||Choice from Tampa Bay to Seattle|
|4||Choice to San Diego|
|5||121(Choice from Atlanta)||Michael Carter||NT||Southern Methodist|
|5||Choice from Denver to Atlanta|
|5||Choice to St. Louis|
|5||139(Choice from Washington through L.A. Raiders)||Jeff Fuller||DB||Texas A&M|
|6||Choice to Atlanta|
|7||Choice to New England|
|8||Choice to San Diego|
|9||239(Choice from Chicago)||Lee Miller||DB||Cal State Fullerton|
|11||304||Kirk Pendleton||WR||Brigham Young|
|12||Choice from Chicago to Miami|
|12||Choice to San Diego|
|1||24||Derrick Crawford||WR||Memphis Showboats (USFL)||Memphis State|
|2||51||Joe Conwell||OT||Philadelphia Stars (USFL)||North Carolina|
|3||80||Mark Schellen||RB||New Orleans Breakers (USFL)||Nebraska|
The 1984 San Francisco 49ers held training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||Los Angeles Raiders||W 13–10||1–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|2||at Denver Broncos||L 13–20||1–1||Mile High Stadium||Recap|
|3||at San Diego Chargers||L 15–35||1–2||Jack Murphy Stadium||Recap|
|4||Seattle Seahawks||W 23–21||2–2||Candlestick Park||Recap|
The 49ers advanced to their second Super Bowl in team history after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Much of the hype surrounding the team was their offense, which boasted 5 Pro Bowlers. Quarterback Joe Montana recorded 279 out of 432 completions for 3,630 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Running back Roger Craig was one of the 49ers' major weapons, both rushing and receiving. Craig was the team's second leading rusher with 649 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, and also caught 71 passes for 675 yards. Pro Bowl running back Wendell Tyler, who had rushed for a team record 1,262 yards during the regular season, recorded 7 rushing touchdowns, and also caught 28 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. Wide receivers Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark also were deep threats, gaining a combined total of 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns. Up front, 3 of the 49ers' 5 starting offensive linemen, Randy Cross, Fred Quillan, and Keith Fahnhorst, had been selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Overall, San Francisco's offense finished the season ranked second in the NFL in scoring (475 points) and fourth in total yards (6,544).
Although they did not get as much media attention as the offense, the 49ers defense led the league in fewest points allowed during the regular season (227). All 4 of the 49ers' starting defensive backs, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, and Dwight Hicks, were selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner was also a major defensive weapon, recording 2 sacks and 4 interceptions for 51 yards. Defensive end Dwaine Board anchored the line, recording 10 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.
|1||September 2||at Detroit Lions||W 30–27||1–0||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|2||Washington Redskins||W 37–31||2–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|3||September 16||New Orleans Saints||W 30–20||3–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|4||September 23||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 21–9||4–0||Veterans Stadium||Recap|
|5||September 30||Atlanta Falcons||W 14–5||5–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|6||at New York Giants||W 31–10||6–0||Giants Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 14||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 17–20||6–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|8||October 21||at Houston Oilers||W 34–21||7–1||Astrodome||Recap|
|9||October 28||at Los Angeles Rams||W 33–0||8–1||Anaheim Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 4||Cincinnati Bengals||W 23–17||9–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|11||November 11||at Cleveland Browns||W 41–7||10–1||Cleveland Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 24–17||11–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|13||November 25||at New Orleans Saints||W 35–3||12–1||Louisiana Superdome||Recap|
|14||December 2||at Atlanta Falcons||W 35–17||13–1||Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium||Recap|
|15||Minnesota Vikings||W 51–7||14–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|16||Los Angeles Rams||W 19–16||15–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
Gary Anderson kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter that would ultimately prevent the 49ers from going undefeated.
|Week||Opponent||Referee||Umpire||Head Linesman||Line Judge||Back Judge||Side Judge||Field Judge|
|1||Los Angeles Raiders|
|2||at Denver Broncos||(71)||(42)||(8)||(56)||(21)||(16)||(91)|
|3||at San Diego Chargers|
|Week||Opponent||Referee||Umpire||Head Linesman||Line Judge||Back Judge||Side Judge||Field Judge|
|1||at Detroit Lions||(71) Bob Frederic||(67) John Keck||(63) Ligouri Hagerty||(30) Dan Wilford||(38) Bill Swanson||(120) Gary Lane||(96) Don Hakes|
|2||Washington Redskins||(60) Dick Jorgensen||(50) Neil Gereb||(108) Bob McLaughlin||(41) Dick McKenzie||(24) Roy Clymer||(66) Dave Hawk||(31) Dick Dolack|
|3||New Orleans Saints||(6) Tom Dooley||(42) Dave Hamilton||(26) Ed Marion||(94) Vern Marshall||(36) Bob Moore||(87) Dick Ferguson||(18) Bob Lewis|
|4||at Philadelphia Eagles||(12) Ben Dreith||(57) Ed Fiffick||(8) Dale Williams||(53) Bill Reynolds||(28) Don Wedge||(47) Tom Fincken||(119) Ron Spitler|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||(95) Bob McElwee||(27) Al Conway||(111) Earnie Frantz||(56) Carver Shannon||(99) Banks Williams||(80) Bob Rice||(76) Ed Merrifield|
|6||at New York Giants||(43) Red Cashion||(78) Art Demmas||(81) Dave Anderson||(45) Ron DeSouza||(52) Ben Tompkins||(97) Nate Jones||(84) Bob Wortman|
|7||Pittsburgh Steelers||(40) Pat Haggerty||(115) Hendi Ancich||(85) Frank Glover||(44) Walt Peters||(92) Jim Poole||(61) Dick Creed||(75) Don Habel|
|8||at Houston Oilers||(14) Gene Barth||(101) Bob Boylston||(37) Burl Toler||(54) Jack Johnson||(98) Jimmy Vosser||(34) Gerald Austin||(86) Bernie Kukar|
|9||at Los Angeles Rams||(71) Bob Frederic||(67) John Keck||(63) Ligouri Hagerty||(30) Dan Wilford||(38) Bill Swanson||(120) Gary Lane||(96) Don Hakes|
|10||Cincinnati Bengals||(60) Dick Jorgensen||(50) Neil Gereb||(108) Bob McLaughlin||(41) Dick McKenzie||(24) Roy Clymer||(66) Dave Hawk||(31) Dick Dolack|
|11||at Cleveland Browns||(7) Fred Silva||(19) Tom Hensley||(65) Norm Kragseth||(59) Bob Beeks||(21) Pete Liske||(64) Dave Parry||(77) Don Orr|
|12||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||(6) Tom Dooley||(42) Dave Hamilton||(26) Ed Marion||(94) Vern Marshall||(36) Bob Moore||(87) Dick Ferguson||(18) Bob Lewis|
|13||at New Orleans Saints||(9) Jerry Markbreit||(117) Ben Montgomery||(104) Dale Hamer||(33) Howard Roe||(25) Tom Kelleher||(102) Merrill Douglas||(91) Bill Stanley|
|14||at Atlanta Falcons||(32) Jim Tunney||(68) John Leimbach||(109) Sid Semon||(3) Boyce Smith||(107) Jim Kearney||(90) Gil Mace||(23) Johnny Grier|
|15||Minnesota Vikings||(48) Gordon McCarter||(110) Ron Botchan||(72) Terry Gierke||(39) Jack Fette||(29) J.W. Sanders||(49) Dean Look||(82) Pat Mallette|
|16||Los Angeles Rams||(70) Jerry Seeman||(103) Rex Stuart||(35) Leo Miles||(15) Bama Glass||(22) Paul Baetz||(62) Duwayne Gandy||(93) Jack Vaughn|
|San Francisco 49ers (1)||15||1||0||.938||6–0||12–0||475||227||W9|
|Los Angeles Rams (4)||10||6||0||.625||3–3||7–5||346||316||L1|
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||1–5||4–8||298||361||W1|
|San Francisco 49ers||Opponents|
|First downs rushing||138||101|
|First downs passing||204||173|
|First downs penalty||14||28|
|Third down efficiency||96/207||75/213|
|Fourth down efficiency||5/7||6/21|
|Net yards rushing||2465||1795|
|Yards per rush||4.6||4.2|
|Passing – Completions/attempts||312/496||298/546|
|Times sacked–total yards||27–178||51–363|
|Net yards passing||3901||3381|
|Total net yards||6366||5176|
|Punt returns–total yards||45–521||30–190|
|Kickoff returns–total yards||47–1039||78–1499|
|Interceptions–total return yards||25–345||10–155|
|Time of possession||30:26||29:34|
|49ers Kickoff Returns|
|49ers Punt Returns|
|49ers Extra Points|
|49ers Field Goals|
1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Interceptions 6Sacks 7Punts 8Kickoff Returns 9Punt Returns
|Divisional||New York Giants (5)||W 21–10||1–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|NFC Championship||January 6, 1985||Chicago Bears (3)||W 23–0||2–0||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|Super Bowl XIX||January 20, 1985||Miami Dolphins (A1)||W 38–16||3–0||Stanford Stadium||Recap|
Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdown passes as he led the 49ers to a victory, while receiver Dwight Clark caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points.
|Round||Opponent||Referee||Umpire||Head Linesman||Line Judge||Back Judge||Side Judge||Field Judge||Alternates|
|NFC Divisional Playoff||New York Giants||(14) Gene Barth||(110) Ron Botchan||(35) Leo Miles||(54) Jack Johnson||(21) Pete Liske||(49) Dean Look||(82) Pat Mallette|
|NFC Championship Game||Chicago Bears||(70) Jerry Seeman||(89) Gordon Wells||(17) Jerry Bergman||(53) Bill Reynolds||(106) Al Jury||(64) Dave Parry||(77) Don Orr||(31) Dick Dolack|
|Super Bowl XIX||Miami Dolphins (at Stanford, California)||(40) Pat Haggerty||(19) Tom Hensley||(35) Leo Miles||(74) Ray Dodez||(25) Tom Kelleher||(58) Bill Quinby||(18) Bob Lewis||(9) Jerry Markbreit |
(101) Bob Bolyston
|51||Randy Cross||RG, Starter||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|71||Keith Fahnhorst||T||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|22||Dwight Hicks||FS, Starter||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|42||Ronnie Lott||LCB, Starter||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|16||Joe Montana||QB, Starter||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|55||Fred Quillan||C, Starter||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|58||Keena Turner||LB||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|26||Wendell Tyler||RB||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|27||Carlton Williamson||S||NFC Pro Bowlers|
|21||Eric Wright||CB||NFC Pro Bowlers|
Pre season Local TV
|Flagship station||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Sideline reporter(s)|
|KCBS–AM 740||Don Klein||Don Heinrich|
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