1984 San Francisco 49ers season

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1984 San Francisco 49ers season
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
Head coach Bill Walsh
General manager John McVay and Carmen Policy
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record15–1
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Giants) 21–10
Won NFC Championship (vs. Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (vs. Dolphins) 38–16
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. 1986 Jeno's Pizza - 28 - Roger Craig (cropped).jpg
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

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.

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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.

Offseason

NFL Draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
124 Todd Shell LB Brigham Young
2Choice to L.A. Raiders
256(Choice from L.A. Raiders) John Frank TE Ohio State
373(Choice from St. Louis) Guy McIntyre G Georgia
3Choice to St. Louis
4Choice from Tampa Bay to Seattle
4Choice to San Diego
5121(Choice from Atlanta) Michael Carter NT Southern Methodist
5Choice from Denver to Atlanta
5Choice to St. Louis
5139(Choice from Washington through L.A. Raiders) Jeff Fuller DB Texas A&M
6Choice to Atlanta
7Choice to New England
8Choice to San Diego
9239(Choice from Chicago)Lee MillerDB Cal State Fullerton
9248 Derrick Harmon RB Cornell
10275Dave MoritzWR Iowa
11304Kirk PendletonWR Brigham Young
12Choice from Chicago to Miami
12Choice to San Diego

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NFL Supplemental Draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionPro TeamCollege
124 Derrick Crawford WR Memphis Showboats (USFL) Memphis State
251 Joe Conwell OT Philadelphia Stars (USFL) North Carolina
380Mark SchellenRB New Orleans Breakers (USFL) Nebraska

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Training Camp

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers held training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

Personnel

Staff

1984 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fred von Appen

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster

1984 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

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Pre season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendanceRecap
1August 4 Los Angeles Raiders W 13–101–0 Candlestick Park
54,990
Recap
2August 11at Denver Broncos L 13–201–1 Mile High Stadium
70,211
Recap
3August 18at San Diego Chargers L 15–351–2 Jack Murphy Stadium
58,356
Recap
4August 24 Seattle Seahawks W 23–212–2 Candlestick Park
49,219
Recap

Regular season

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.

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendanceRecap
1September 2at Detroit Lions W 30–271–0 Pontiac Silverdome
56,782
Recap
2September 10 Washington Redskins W 37–312–0 Candlestick Park
59,707
Recap
3September 16 New Orleans Saints W 30–203–0 Candlestick Park
57,611
Recap
4September 23at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–94–0 Veterans Stadium
62,771
Recap
5September 30 Atlanta Falcons W 14–55–0 Candlestick Park
57,990
Recap
6October 8at New York Giants W 31–106–0 Giants Stadium
76,112
Recap
7October 14 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–206–1 Candlestick Park
59,110
Recap
8October 21at Houston Oilers W 34–217–1 Astrodome
39,900
Recap
9October 28at Los Angeles Rams W 33–08–1 Anaheim Stadium
65,481
Recap
10November 4 Cincinnati Bengals W 23–179–1 Candlestick Park
58,324
Recap
11November 11at Cleveland Browns W 41–710–1 Cleveland Stadium
60,092
Recap
12November 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–1711–1 Candlestick Park
57,704
Recap
13November 25at New Orleans Saints W 35–312–1 Louisiana Superdome
65,177
Recap
14December 2at Atlanta Falcons W 35–1713–1 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
29,644
Recap
15December 8 Minnesota Vikings W 51–714–1 Candlestick Park
56,670
Recap
16December 14 Los Angeles Rams W 19–1615–1 Candlestick Park
59,743
Recap

Game summaries

Week 1 at Detroit Lions

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1234Total
49ers7731330
Lions767727

at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

Game information

Week 2 vs. Washington Redskins

Week Two: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Redskins03141431
49ers141301037

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints

Week Three: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Saints01010020
49ers71001330

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 4 at Philadelphia Eagles

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1234Total
49ers770721
Eagles06309

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Game information

Week 5 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week Five: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Falcons30025
49ers0140014

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 6 at New York Giants

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants – Game summary
1234Total
49ers2173031
Giants300710

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 7 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Steelers7301020
49ers0701017

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Gary Anderson kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter that would ultimately prevent the 49ers from going undefeated.

Week 8 at Houston Oilers

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Oilers – Game summary
1234Total
49ers10731434
Oilers077721

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 9 at Los Angeles Rams

Week Nine: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1234Total
49ers3167733
Rams00000

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Game information

Week 10 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week Ten: Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Bengals3140017
49ers0731323

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 11 at Cleveland Browns

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1234Total
49ers67141441
Browns00077

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Twelve: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Buccaneers0100717
49ers0147324

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 13 at New Orleans Saints

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1234Total
49ers07141435
Saints03003

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 14 at Atlanta Falcons

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1234Total
49ers7147735
Falcons377017

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Game information

Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week Fifteen: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings07007
49ers141761451

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week Sixteen: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Rams3100316
49ers1430219

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Game officials

Preseason

WeekOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField Judge
1 Los Angeles Raiders
2at Denver Broncos (71)(42)(8)(56)(21)(16)(91)
3at San Diego Chargers
4 Seattle Seahawks (70)(103)(35)(15)(22)(62)(93)

Regular season

WeekOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField Judge
1at 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
4at 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
6at 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
8at Houston Oilers (14) Gene Barth (101) Bob Boylston(37) Burl Toler (54) Jack Johnson(98) Jimmy Vosser(34) Gerald Austin (86) Bernie Kukar
9at 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
11at 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
13at New Orleans Saints (9) Jerry Markbreit (117) Ben Montgomery(104) Dale Hamer (33) Howard Roe(25) Tom Kelleher (102) Merrill Douglas (91) Bill Stanley
14at 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

Standings

NFC West
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
San Francisco 49ers (1)1510.9386–012–0475227W9
Los Angeles Rams (4)1060.6253–37–5346316L1
New Orleans Saints 790.4381–54–8298361W1
Atlanta Falcons 4120.2502–43–9281382W1

Final statistics

Statistical comparison

San Francisco 49ersOpponents
First downs356302
First downs rushing138101
First downs passing204173
First downs penalty1428
Third down efficiency96/20775/213
Fourth down efficiency5/76/21
Net yards rushing24651795
Rushing attempts534432
Yards per rush4.64.2
Passing – Completions/attempts312/496298/546
Times sacked–total yards27–17851–363
Interceptions thrown1025
Net yards passing39013381
Total net yards63665176
Punt returns–total yards45–52130–190
Kickoff returns–total yards47–103978–1499
Interceptions–total return yards25–34510–155
Punts–average yardage62–40.980–40.5
Fumbles–lost26–1236–13
Penalties–total yards100–99491–723
Time of possession30:2629:34
Turnovers2238

Quarter-by-quarter

49ers Quarter-by-quarter
1234T
49ers11015767141475
Opponents29864864227

Individual leaders

49ers Passing
C/ATT1YdsTDINTRating
49ers Rushing
Car2YdsTDLG3Yds/Car
49ers Receiving
Rec4YdsTDLG3Yds/Rec
49ers Interception
Int5YdsTDLG3Y/Int
49ers Sacks
Sk6
49ers Punts
Pnt7YdsLG3BlckY/P
49ers Kickoff Returns
Rt8YdsTDLG3Y/Rt
49ers Punt Returns
Rt9YdsTDLG3Y/Rt
49ers Extra Points
XPXPAXP%
49ers Field Goals
1–1920–2930–3940–4950+FGFGAFG%

1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Interceptions 6Sacks 7Punts 8Kickoff Returns 9Punt Returns

Playoffs

RoundDateOpponent (seed)ResultRecordVenueRecap
DivisionalDecember 29 New York Giants (5)W 21–101–0 Candlestick Park Recap
NFC ChampionshipJanuary 6, 1985 Chicago Bears (3)W 23–02–0 Candlestick Park Recap
Super Bowl XIX January 20, 1985 Miami Dolphins (A1)W 38–163–0 Stanford Stadium Recap

NFC Divisional Playoff

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.

NFC Divisional Playoff: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Giants0100010
49ers1470021

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

NFC Championship Game

The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points.

NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Bears00000
49ers3371023

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Super Bowl XIX

Super Bowl XIX: Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Dolphins1060016
49ers72110038

at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

Game information

Game officials

RoundOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField JudgeAlternates
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

Awards and records

1985 AFC–NFC Pro Bowl

NumberPlayerPositionConference
51 Randy Cross RG, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
71 Keith Fahnhorst TNFC Pro Bowlers
22 Dwight Hicks FS, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
42 Ronnie Lott LCB, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
16 Joe Montana QB, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
55 Fred Quillan C, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
58 Keena Turner LBNFC Pro Bowlers
26 Wendell Tyler RBNFC Pro Bowlers
27 Carlton Williamson SNFC Pro Bowlers
21 Eric Wright CBNFC Pro Bowlers

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Media

Pre season Local TV

ChannelPlay-by-playColor commentator(s)
KPIX-TV 5

Local Radio

Flagship stationPlay-by-playColor commentator(s)Sideline reporter(s)
KCBSAM 740Don Klein Don Heinrich

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