1988 San Francisco 49ers season

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1988 San Francisco 49ers season
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
Head coach Bill Walsh
Home field Candlestick Park
Local radio KGO–AM 810
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Vikings) 34–9
Won NFC Championship (at Bears) 28–3
Won Super Bowl XXIII (vs. Bengals) 20–16

The 1988 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 69th in the National Football League (NFL), their 73rd overall, and their tenth and final season under head coach Bill Walsh. The season was highlighted by their third Super Bowl victory. They failed to improve on their 13–2 record from 1987, and the 49ers struggled to a 6–5 record at the midway point and were in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1982, but rose to defeat the Washington Redskins on a Monday night, eventually finishing the season at 10–6. They gained a measure of revenge by thrashing the Minnesota Vikings 34–9 in the first round. The 49ers then traveled to Chicago's Soldier Field, where the chill factor at game time was 26 degrees below zero. They defeated the Chicago Bears 28–3 in the NFC Championship.

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For the 49ers, it was their first Super Bowl appearance since they defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. They had made the playoffs in the three seasons between Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl XXIII, but were eliminated each time in the first round, primarily because of the poor performances by their offensive stars in those games; quarterback Joe Montana, receiver Jerry Rice and running back Roger Craig all failed to produce a single touchdown.

The 49ers alternated quarterbacks as Montana and Steve Young both started at various points of the season. The broadcast booth of the 49ers radio network also saw change, as Joe Starkey substituted for longtime 49ers play by play announcer Lon Simmons during several games, mostly in October when Simmons called the Oakland Athletics 1988 American League Championship Series and 1988 World Series games for the Oakland A's flagship station, KSFO–AM. The 1988 season was the last for Simmons as 49ers broadcaster. With the regular season and postseason, the 49ers compiled a total of 13 victories (a .684 win percentage) on the season, a record-low for Super Bowl champions. In 2011, the New York Giants would tie this record (but with a .650 win percentage as they suffered seven losses as opposed to the 49ers six).

Offseason

NFL Draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
1Choice to L.A. Raiders
233(Choice from L.A. Raiders) Danny Stubbs DEMiami (FL)
239(Choice from Philadelphia through Tampa Bay) Pierce Holt DEAngelo State
2Choice to Tampa Bay
380 Bill Romanowski LBBoston College
4102(Choice from Chicago through L.A. Raiders) Barry Helton PColorado
4Choice to Tampa Bay
5Choice to N.Y. Jets
5Choice to Buffalo
6Choice to Tampa Bay
7191Kevin BryantLBDelaware State
8219Larry ClarksonOTMontana
9247 Brian Bonner LBMinnesota
10275Tim FoleyKGeorgia Southern
11303 Chet Brooks DBTexas A&M
12331George Mira, Jr.LBMiami (FL)

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Training Camp

The 1988 San Francisco 49ers season held training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

Personnel

Staff

1988 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster

1988 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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1988 Team Starters

Offense

16 Joe Montana                   QB 33 Roger Craig                   RB 44 Tom Rathman                   FB 85 Mike Wilson                   WR 80 Jerry Rice                    WR 89 Ron Heller                    TE
74 Steve Wallace                 LT 61 Jesse Sapolu                  LG 64 Randy Cross                   C 62 Guy McIntyre                  RG 79 Harris Barton                 RT

Defense

91 Larry Roberts                LDE 95 Michael Carter               NT 75 Kevin Fagan                  RDE
94 Charles Haley                LB 50 Riki Ellison                 LB 99 Mike Walter                  LB 58 Keena Turner                 LB
22 Tim McKyer                   LCB 21 Eric Wright                  RCB 49 Jeff Fuller                  SS 42 Ronnie Lott                  FS

Kicking Team

6 Mike Cofer                    K 9 Barry Helton                  P 82 John Taylor                  PR 25 Doug DuBose                  KR

Preseason

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendanceRecap
1July 31 Miami Dolphins L 21–270–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Stadium (London)70,535 Recap
2August 6 Los Angeles Raiders W 24–101–1 Candlestick Park 64,457 Recap
3August 13at Denver Broncos L 24–341–2 Mile High Stadium 75,067 Recap
4August 20at San Diego Chargers W 34–272–2 Jack Murphy Stadium 39,044 Recap
5August 26 Seattle Seahawks W 27–213–2Candlestick Park53,357 Recap

Regular season

In the 1988 season, San Francisco won the NFC West with a 10–6 regular season record, but it was a long uphill battle; the 49ers, Rams, and Saints all finished 10–6 with the 49ers winning the division on tiebreakers. The team had a quarterback controversy with Montana and Steve Young each starting at quarterback during the season. But after a 6–5 start, Montana led the 49ers to win 4 of their final 5 regular season games.

Montana finished the regular season with 238 completions for 2,981 yards and 18 touchdowns, and also added 132 rushing yards. His favorite target was Rice, who recorded 64 receptions for 1,306 yards (a 20.4 yards per catch average) and 9 touchdowns. Craig was also a key contributor with a total of 2,036 combined rushing and receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. Fullback Tom Rathman also made a big impact, rushing for 427 yards and catching 42 passes for 387 yards. The 49ers defense was led by defensive backs Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Jeff Fuller, and Tim McKyer, who recorded a combined total of 18 interceptions. McKyer led the team with 7, while Lott recorded 5. Linebacker Charles Haley was also a big contributor with 11.5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendanceRecap
1September 4at New Orleans Saints W 34–331–0 Louisiana Superdome 66,357 Recap
2September 11at New York Giants W 20–172–0 Giants Stadium 75,943 Recap
3September 18 Atlanta Falcons L 17–342–1 Candlestick Park 60,168 Recap
4September 25at Seattle Seahawks W 38–73–1 Kingdome 62,382 Recap
5October 2 Detroit Lions W 20–134–1Candlestick Park58,285 Recap
6October 9 Denver Broncos L 13–16 (OT)4–2Candlestick Park61,711 Recap
7October 16at Los Angeles Rams W 24–215–2 Anaheim Stadium 65,450 Recap
8October 24at Chicago Bears L 9–105–3 Soldier Field 65,293 Recap
9October 30 Minnesota Vikings W 24–216–3Candlestick Park60,738 Recap
10November 6at Phoenix Cardinals L 23–246–4 Sun Devil Stadium 64,544 Recap
11November 13 Los Angeles Raiders L 3–96–5Candlestick Park54,448 Recap
12November 21 Washington Redskins W 37–217–5Candlestick Park59,268 Recap
13November 27at San Diego Chargers W 48–108–5 Jack Murphy Stadium 51,484 Recap
14December 4at Atlanta Falcons W 13–39–5 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 44,048 Recap
15December 11 New Orleans Saints W 30–1710–5Candlestick Park62,977 Recap
16December 18 Los Angeles Rams L 16–3810–6Candlestick Park62,444 Recap

Game summaries

Week 1 at New Orleans Saints

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
1234Total
49ers7321334
Saints71001633

at Louisiana Superdome

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • NO (0:05) Clark 21-yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)
    Saints 14–7
  • NO (6:13) Andersen 20-yard field goal
    Saints 17–7
  • SF (8:05) Cofer 25-yard field goal
    Saints 17–10

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

The Saints, fresh off the first winning season in franchise history, clawed to a 17–10 halftime lead in the second quarter, but Joe Montana erupted in the third with three touchdown throws. Head coach Bill Walsh, wanting to get playing time for backup Steve Young, put Young in for the fourth quarter; Young was sacked in the endzone for a safety and the Saints scored seven more points after that, nonetheless coming up short 34–33 to the 49ers.

Week 2 at New York Giants

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants - Game summary
1234Total
49ers0103720
Giants730717

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF (0:09) Cofer 35-yard field goal
    Giants 7–3
  • SF (5:42) DuBose 1 yard run (Cofer kick)
    49ers 10–7
  • NYG (14:51) Allegre 36-yard field goal
    Tie 10–10

Third quarter

  • SF (7:09) Cofer 26-yard field goal
    49ers 13–10

Fourth quarter

Concerned over Montana's health, coach Walsh started Steve Young in his place against the Giants; Young's rawness to the Niners offensive system showed as he was limited to 115 yards passing and the Niners trailed 17–13 in the fourth. Montana came in and fired a 77-yard touchdown in the final minutes to Jerry Rice and a 20–17 Niners win.

Week 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Falcons02131034
49ers307717

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

The 49ers lost to the Falcons for only the fourth time since 1981 as Joe Montana was intercepted three times and sacked three times in a 34–17 rout. Gerald Riggs of the Falcons rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Week 4 at Seattle Seahawks

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1234Total
49ers71014738
Seahawks00707

at The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

The Niners rebounded by putting up 580 yards of offense in a 38–7 rout of the Seahawks. Joe Montana threw four touchdowns and Steve Young added a fifth while Roger Craig and Tom Rathman accounted for 186 rushing yards. The Seahawks Jeff Kemp was intercepted three times and Kelly Stouffer added a fourth pick.

Week 5 vs. Detroit Lions

Week Five: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Lions033713
49ers0107320

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 6 vs. Denver Broncos

Joe Montana ran in a six-yard touchdown and threw for 191 yards and an interception; he was sacked three times and replaced by Young as John Elway tied the game 13–13 on a touchdown to Vance Johnson. Wind gusts up to 40 mph suddenly hit Candlestick Park and made passing more difficult; in overtime a Steve Young pass was intercepted (Young's second pick of the game), setting up Rich Karlis' winning field goal (16–13 final for the Broncos).

Week Six: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234OTTotal
Broncos0337316
49ers3730013

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 7 at Los Angeles Rams

Roger Craig had one of his greatest games in a 199-yard stampede where he scored three touchdowns, highlighted by a dramatic 46-yard score in the first quarter. Despite three Jim Everett touchdowns the Rams fell to San Francisco 24–21, the tenth 49ers win in the rivalry's previous 14 games.

Week Seven: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1234Total
49ers7100724
Rams7014021

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Game information

Week 8 at Chicago Bears

The Niners struggled to a 10–9 loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football . The Niners incurred ten penalties for 57 yards and Joe Montana was sacked four times.

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1234Total
49ers70209
Bears0100010

at Soldier Field, Chicago

Game information

Week 9 vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings' playoff win at San Francisco the previous season hung over Candlestick Park as Coach Walsh started Steve Young in Joe Montana's stead. Young struggled and was booed repeatedly by the crowd ("They were running him out of town", lineman Harris Barton said). Just before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter the Vikings led 21–17 with the Niners at Minnesota's 49-yard line; Young escaped a sack and ran in the game-winning touchdown, earning applause from the same audience that had been booing him; the NFL Films clip with Lon Simmons' call of the score is among the most replayed in retrospectives on Young's career. [4]

Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings077721
49ers0314724

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Game information

Week 10 at Phoenix Cardinals

With Young still starting, the 49ers raced to a 23–0 lead in the third quarter, and Coach Bill Walsh felt it was the sharpest the offense had looked all season. The Cardinals, however, began clawing back as Neil Lomax rifled a pair of touchdowns; making matters worse for San Francisco was a whopping 14 penalties for 106 yards. On a kick return Walsh was blindsided by a runner and suffered two cracked ribs; he then had to watch as the Cardinals raced down field in the final minute and scored on a nine-yard Lomax score to Roy Green. It turned out to be the last road loss for the 49ers until Week One of the 1991 season.

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at Phoenix Cardinals – Game summary
1234Total
49ers3137023
Cardinals0071724

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 11 vs. Los Angeles Raiders

The low point for the 49ers season came against the Raiders as Joe Montana started despite continuing concern by Walsh over his health; Montana had lost eight pounds and was coming off a stomach illness. Montana was held to 160 passing yards as the Raiders clawed out a 9–3 win. The 49ers’ final drive stalled when officials did not call a pass interference penalty on the Raiders over a play to Jerry Rice inside the 10-yard line.

As a result, it was the second game of the season they didn't score a touchdown. Following the loss amid chatter from players interpreted as them giving up on the season Ronnie Lott called a players-only meeting; Harris Barton called it "a ‘screw the coaches’ meeting" and said that it worked to refocus the players on playing better ("They usually don't work, but this one did.")

Week Eleven: Los Angeles Raiders at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Raiders00639
49ers03003

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 12 vs. Washington Redskins

The refocused Niners erupted on the defending champion Redskins, racing to a 23–7 halftime lead and winning 37–21. Joe Montana threw two touchdowns (including an 80-yarder to Jerry Rice) and ran in a third. Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams of the Redskins threw three touchdowns while Timmy Smith was held to just six rushing yards.

Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Redskins707721
49ers71601437

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 13 at San Diego Chargers

The Niners' scoring explosion continued at Jack Murphy Stadium as Joe Montana threw three touchdowns (the first a 96-yarder to Jerry Rice) and Roger Craig had two rushing scores and a touchdown catch, while Doug DuBose added a rushing score. Four Niners backs plus both quarterbacks (Montana and Steve Young) rushed for 203 yards crushing the Chargers 48–10.

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1234Total
49ers717141048
Chargers073010

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego

Game information

Week 14 at Atlanta Falcons

The Niners traveled to Fulton County Stadium and limited the Atlanta Falcons to 177 yards of offense in a 13–3 win.

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1234Total
49ers070613
Falcons00033

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Game information

Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints

The Niners hosted the Saints with both teams at 9–5 but going in opposite directions following two straight Saints losses. Led by Roger Craig's 115 yards, the Niners rushed for 152 yards and two scores while Joe Montana threw for 233 yards and a score in San Francisco's 30–17 win. At halftime, the 49ers retired number 87, which was worn by Dwight Clark from 1979 to 1987.

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Saints377017
49ers0213630

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Niners clinched the NFC West despite a three-way tie with the Rams and New Orleans (all finishing 10–6) and despite a 38–16 slaughter by the Rams that put them into the playoffs. Jim Everett threw four touchdowns while Montana and Young combined for 291 yards but no scores. San Francisco won the division on tiebreakers and the Rams were the wild card, while the 10–6 Saints were eliminated from playoff contention on the conference record tiebreaker.

Week Sixteen: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Rams02110738
49ers3100316

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Game officials

Preseason

WeekOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField JudgeReplay
1vs. Miami Dolphins (at London, England)
2 Los Angeles Raiders
3at Denver Broncos (12)(89)(72)(94)(21)(47)(113)Bill Fette
4at San Diego Chargers
5 Seattle Seahawks (40)(50)(109)(56)(99)(66)(46) Armen Terzian

Regular season

WeekOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField JudgeReplay
1at New Orleans Saints (9) Jerry Markbreit (100) Bob Wagner(72) Terry Gierke (59) Bob Beeks(4) Doug Toole(58) Bill Quinby(91) Bill StanleyGeorge Sladky
2at New York Giants (48) Gordon McCarter (117) Ben Montgomery(81) Dave Anderson(3) Boyce Smith(49) Dean Look (61) Dick Creed(84) Bob Wortman Chuck Heberling
3 Atlanta Falcons (7) Fred Silva (42) Dave Hamilton(8) Dale Williams(54) Jack Johnson(68) Louis Richard(102) Merrill Douglas (18) Bob Lewis Royal Cathcart
4at Seattle Seahawks (60) Dick Jorgensen (110) Ron Botchan (10) Ron Phares(51) Dale Orem (92) Jim Poole (20) Larry Nemmers (44) Donnie HamptonBill Swanson
5 Detroit Lions (43) Red Cashion (27) Al Conway (37) Burl Toler (94) Vern Marshall(52) Ben Tompkins (29) Howard Slavin(96) Don Hakes Grover Klemmer
6 Denver Broncos (32) Jim Tunney (115) Hendi Ancich(111) Earnie Frantz(33) Howard Roe(118) Tom Sifferman (97) Nate Jones(82) Pat MalletteBill Fette
7at Los Angeles Rams (70) Jerry Seeman (103) Rex Stuart(79) Aaron Pointer (15) Bama Glass(21) Pete Liske (64) Dave Parry(113) Don DorkowskiDave Kamanski
8at Chicago Bears (23) Johnny Grier (78) Art Demmas (87) Paul Weidner(83) Ron Blum (24) Roy Clymer(90) Gil Mace(119) Ron SpitlerAl Sabato
9 Minnesota Vikings (7) Fred Silva (42) Dave Hamilton(8) Dale Williams(54) Jack Johnson(68) Louis Richard(102) Merrill Douglas (18) Bob Lewis Royal Cathcart
10at Phoenix Cardinals (9) Jerry Markbreit (100) Bob Wagner(72) Terry Gierke (59) Bob Beeks(4) Doug Toole(58) Bill Quinby(91) Bill StanleyGeorge Sladky
11 Los Angeles Raiders (40) Pat Haggerty (50) Neil Gereb(109) Sid Semon(56) Ron Baynes(99) Banks Williams(66) Dave Hawk(46) John Robison Cal Lepore
12 Washington Redskins (70) Jerry Seeman (103) Rex Stuart(79) Aaron Pointer (15) Bama Glass(21) Pete Liske (64) Dave Parry(113) Don DorkowskiDave Kamanski
13at San Diego Chargers (12) Ben Dreith (88) Dave Moss(55) Dave Barnes(41) Dick McKenzie(106) Al Jury (16) Doyle Jackson(31) Dick DolackDixon Holman
14at Atlanta Falcons (48) Gordon McCarter (117) Ben Montgomery(81) Dave Anderson(3) Boyce Smith(49) Dean Look (61) Dick Creed(84) Bob Wortman Chuck Heberling
15 New Orleans Saints (43) Red Cashion (27) Al Conway (37) Burl Toler (94) Vern Marshall(52) Ben Tompkins (29) Howard Slavin(96) Don Hakes Grover Klemmer
16 Los Angeles Rams (14) Gene Barth (57) Ed Fiffick(85) Frank Glover(74) Ray Dodez(38) Bruce Maurer(34) Gerald Austin (76) Ed MerrifieldMark Burns

Standings

NFC West
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
San Francisco 49ers (2)1060.6254–28–4369294L1
Los Angeles Rams (5)1060.6254–28–4407293W3
New Orleans Saints 1060.6253–36–6312283W1
Atlanta Falcons 5110.3131–54–8244315L3

Playoffs

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueRecap
DivisionalJanuary 1, 1989 Minnesota Vikings (4)W 34–91–0 Candlestick Park Recap
NFC ChampionshipJanuary 8, 1989at Chicago Bears (1)W 28–32–0 Soldier Field Recap
Super Bowl XXIII January 22, 1989 Cincinnati Bengals (A1)W 20–163–0 Joe Robbie Stadium Recap

NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Minnesota Vikings

NFC Divisional Playoff: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings30609
49ers71401334

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

For the third time in some 365 days the 49ers hosted the Vikings, and for the second time in that span it was in the playoffs. Minnesota entered having shot down the Rams 28-17 and boasting an offense fourth in scoring with a defense second in fewest points allowed with a plus-23 turnover differential – and none of it made any difference as Joe Montana threw three touchdowns in the first half and Jerry Rice caught all three. Wade Wilson was picked off twice as the Niners won 34–9, their first playoff win since Super Bowl XIX.

NFC Championship Game at Chicago Bears

NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1234Total
49ers777728
Bears03003

at Soldier Field, Chicago

Game information

The Niners traveled to frigid Soldier Field a week after the Bears succeeded in the Fog Bowl against the Eagles and less than three months after San Francisco's ugly Monday Night loss in that same venue. The Niners put the game away in the third quarter following Joe Montana's third touchdown of the game as the Niners limited the Bears' sluggish offense (18th in scoring) to just one Kevin Butler field goal. The win was doubly personal for Walsh between returning to the Super Bowl and also quieting hecklers in the Soldier Field crowd, including one in particular who'd persisted in what Walsh delicately described as "remarks about my body parts and my preferences in life", but who was reduced to futile stuttering as the game got out of hand.

Super Bowl XXIII vs. Cincinnati Bengals (at Miami Gardens, Florida)

The game is remembered for the 49ers' fourth-quarter game-winning drive. Down 16–13, San Francisco got the ball on their own eight-yard line with 3:10 on the clock and marched 92 yards down the field in under three minutes. They then scored the winning touchdown on a Joe Montana pass to John Taylor with just 34 seconds left in the game.

49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice was named the Super Bowl MVP. He caught 11 passes for a Super Bowl record 215 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing once for 5 yards.

This was also the final NFL game coached by the 49ers' Bill Walsh. This was also the final Super Bowl that Pete Rozelle presided over as NFL Commissioner.

Super Bowl XXIII: Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1234Total
Bengals0310316
49ers3031420

at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Game officials

RoundOpponentRefereeUmpireHead LinesmanLine JudgeBack JudgeSide JudgeField JudgeReplayAlternates
NFC Divisional Playoff Minnesota Vikings (9) Jerry Markbreit (78) Art Demmas (81) Dave Anderson(53) Bill Reynolds(106) Al Jury (120) Gary Lane (73) Bobby SkeltonDixon Holman
NFC Championship Gameat Chicago Bears (95) Bob McElwee (101) Bob Boylston(35) Leo Miles(54) Jack Johnson(99) Banks Williams(47) Tom Fincken(82) Pat MalletteAl Sabato
Super Bowl XXIII Cincinnati Bengals (at Miami Gardens, Florida)(70) Jerry Seeman (89) Gordon Wells(17) Jerry Bergman(59) Bob Beeks(22) Paul Baetz(120) Gary Lane (73) Bobby Skelton Chuck Heberling (14) Gene Barth
(57) Ed Fiffick

Stats

Passing

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Rushing

PlayerAttYdsTD
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Receiving

PlayerRecYdsTD
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Kicking

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Punting

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49ers
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Kick Return

PlayerRetYdsTD
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Punt Return

PlayerRetYdsTD
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Interception

PlayerINTYardsTD
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Fumble

PlayerFFFmbFRYdsTD
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Sacks

PlayerSkSfty
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Tackles

PlayerTklAst
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Scoring

PlayerRshTDRecTDPR TDKR TDFmbTDIntTDAllTDOthTDXPMFGMSftyPTS
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Team

TeamTotal PlaysPassingPass AttPass CmpPass YdsPass TDInterceptedPass 1stDRushingRush AttRush YdsRush TDFumbles LostRush 1stDPen 1stDPts
49ers
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Awards and records

1989 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl

NumberPlayerPositionConference
95 Michael Carter NTNFC Pro Bowlers
33 Roger Craig RB, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
94 Charles Haley LB–DENFC Pro Bowlers
42 Ronnie Lott FS, StarterNFC Pro Bowlers
80 Jerry Rice WR, Did Not PlayNFC Pro Bowlers
82 John Taylor KRNFC Pro Bowlers

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Media

Pre season Local TV

ChannelPlay-by-playColor commentator(s)
KPIX-TV 5 Wayne Walker Bill Ring

Local Radio

Flagship stationPlay-by-playColor commentator(s)Sideline reporter (s)Studio host
KGO–AM 810 Lon Simmons (Pre Season, Week 1–5 and 8–16, Playoffs and Super Bowl XXIII)
Joe Starkey (Week 6–7)
Wayne Walker (Pre Season Week 1–2, Regular Season, Playoffs and Super Bowl XXIII)
Joe Starkey (Pre Season Weeks 3–5)
Joe Starkey (Pre Season Week 1–2, Week 1–5 and 8–16, Playoffs and Super Bowl XXIII) Joe Starkey

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1984 San Francisco 49ers season NFL team season (won 2nd Super Bowl)

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 1983 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League and their 38th overall. The team attempted to improve on its 3–6 record from 1982. The 49ers would start the season with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 22–17. However, the 49ers would continue to impress, as they throttled the Vikings the next week 48-17 and then the Cardinals the following week 42–27. They would end the first half of the season 6-2 before splitting their last eight games to finish the season 10-6 and clinching the NFC West. In the playoffs, the 49ers would come back to beat the Lions 24-23 after Joe Montana found Freddie Solomon in the end zone with 1:23 remaining, and kicker Eddie Murray missing a 41 yard field goal as time expired. However, in the NFC Championship game, they were not able to outlast the top-seeded Redskins, as after coming back to tie a game they trailed 21-0, they lost 24-21 after Washington took the lead on a field goal.

2010 San Francisco 49ers season 65th season in franchise history

The 2010 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 65th season, their 61st in the National Football League, and the second full year with Mike Singletary as the head coach. The 49ers were looking to build upon their 8–8 season in 2009.

The 2011 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 66th season overall, and 62nd in the National Football League (NFL). It was the first season under head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. The 49ers rebounded from their disappointing 2010 season to end their streak of eight consecutive non-winning seasons. After defeating the St. Louis Rams in week 13 and attaining a 10–2 record, the team clinched the NFC West and made their first playoff appearance since 2002. The 49ers ended the regular season with a 13–3 record, their best since 1997, and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. In the Divisional Playoffs they defeated the New Orleans Saints 36–32 and were in the NFC Championship for the first time since 1997- they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in overtime by a score of 20–17, coming just short of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994. Despite their most successful season in years, the 49ers were 31st in the league in third-down conversion percentage in the regular season (29.1) and were 17.9 percent in the playoffs.

2013 San Francisco 49ers season NFL team season

The 2013 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 64th in the National Football League, 68th overall and third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. This was the 49ers' final season playing their home games at Candlestick Park before moving into Levi's Stadium for the 2014 season.

2015 San Francisco 49ers season NFL team season

The 2015 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 66th in the National Football League, the 70th overall, second playing their home games at Levi's Stadium, and the only season under head coach Jim Tomsula. They were attempting to make history as the first Super Bowl host team to play the Super Bowl on their own home field, but they failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2014, and ended with a 5–11 record to miss the playoffs for the second season in a row. They also finished last in the NFC West for the first time in a decade, and marked the 31st consecutive year in which the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played – a feat that never has been achieved since themselves in 1984.

2019 San Francisco 49ers season 74th season in franchise history; seventh Super Bowl appearance

The 2019 season was the San Francisco 49ers' 70th in the National Football League (NFL), their 74th overall and their third under the head coach-general manager tandem of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. They finished their 2019 season with a 13–3 record, their best finish since 2011. Starting the season 8–0 for the first time since 1990, the 49ers surpassed their win totals from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons combined. The 49ers were the second straight NFC West team to start 8–0, with the other being the Rams. With a Week 11 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers clinched their first winning season since 2013. Despite a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15, the 49ers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013 with a Los Angeles Rams loss. The 49ers beat the Cardinals for the first time since 2014, won in Seattle for the first time since 2011, and beat the Panthers in the regular season for the first time since 2001.

References

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  4. 1988 Steve Young touchdown vs. Vikings on YouTube
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