San Francisco 49ers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1946-09-08 SF 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
  • 1949-12-09 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • 1949-12-11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • 1950-09-17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • 1953-01-22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1955-01-16 5th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-19; MVP: Billy Wilson, SF 49ers, WR
  • 1957-11-10 NFL record crowd (102,368), '49ers vs Rams in LA
  • 1958-01-12 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE
  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965-12-12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1971-01-03 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10
  • 1972-01-02 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 14-3
  • 1973-03-24 San Francisco 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • 1976-08-01 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle

Sport awardNFC Championship

1982-01-10 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1982-01-24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

  • 1984-01-08 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21
  • 1984-09-23 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games
  • 1985-01-06 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 23-0
  • 1985-01-20 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-09 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 defeat to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1987-09-20 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati
  • 1987-11-29 Joe Montana of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes
  • 1988-07-31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 1989-01-08 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3
  • 1989-01-22 Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF, WR

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1989-01-22 After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1990-01-14 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams, 30-3
  • 1990-01-28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB
  • 1990-10-14 SF 49er Joe Montana passes for 6 touchdowns vs Atlanta (45-35)
  • 1991-01-20 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 15-13
  • 1992-12-06 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park
  • 1993-01-17 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 30-20
  • 1994-01-03 Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers becomes first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+
  • 1994-01-23 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21
  • 1994-09-05 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

  • 1995-01-15 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 38-28
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB
  • 1996-02-04 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-13; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF 49ers, WR, HI
  • 1996-11-03 San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549
  • 1997-01-15 San Francisco head coach George Seifert announces his resignation after 8 highly-successful NFL seasons with the 49ers: winningest coach in team history at 108-35; 2 Super Bowl titles
  • 1997-12-15 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16
  • 1998-01-11 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10
  • 2005-04-23 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 2005-10-02 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2006-08-24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL
  • 2012-01-22 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 (OT)
  • 2013-01-20 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons, 28-24
  • 2013-02-03 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • 2014-01-19 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-08-26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • 2020-01-19 NFC Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: San Francisco 49ers beat Green Bay Packers, 37-20

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2020-02-02 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs' 1st victory in 50 years

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1924-06-19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1927-01-27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)

Person of interestBill Walsh

1931-11-30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1937-07-04 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1942-02-10 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1945-04-20 Steve Spurrier, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1966, Florida; NFL: SF 49ers) and coach (Florida, South Carolina; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1954-01-19 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestJoe Montana

1956-06-11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1957-01-08 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1958-03-20 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1958-12-16 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1959-03-24 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • 1959-05-08 Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960-01-26 Gary Plummer, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Fremont, California
  • 1960-07-10 Roger Craig, American NFL receiver (4-time Pro Bowl; 3-time Super Bowl; SF 49ers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1960-10-29 Michael Carter, American NFL nose tackle (Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89; Pro Bowl 1985, 87, 88; First-team All-Pro 1986, 87, 88; SF 49ers) and athlete (Olympic silver shot put 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961-03-10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1961-10-11 Steve Young, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1988-89, 94 [MVP]; Pro Bowl 1992–98; NFL passing TD leader 1992–94, 98; SF 49ers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1962-01-01 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1962-03-31 John Taylor, American NFL wide receiver (3-time Super Bowl winner, SF 49ers), born in Philadelphia, PA

Person of interestJerry Rice

1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (SF 49ers, 13 x Pro Bowl), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1962-12-12 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1963-02-12 Brent Jones, American College Football Hall of Fame tight end (Santa Clara Uni; Super Bowl 1988, 89, 95; SF 49ers; Pro Bowl 1992–95; All Pro 1992-94), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1963-12-23 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts) and coach (Stanford 2007–10; SF 49ers 2011–14; Michigan (2015–20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1964-04-19 Harris Barton, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • 1964-09-10 Tim Harris, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964-11-02 Kevin Gogan, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1994, 97-98; Super Bowl 1992-93, Dallas Cowboys), born in Pacifica, California
  • 1964-12-27 Steve Wallace, American football player, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Alabama, Georgia
  • 1965-01-06 Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1965-01-26 Tim McDonald, American football safety (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1965-03-10 Rod Woodson, American NFL cornerback/kick returner (11 Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2000, Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1965-10-22 Marvin Washington, NFL defensive end (NY Jets, SF 49ers)
  • 1966-03-26 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • 1966-04-02 Bill Romanowski, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1988, 89 SF 49ers; 97, 98 Denver Broncos; Pro Bowl 1996, 98), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • 1966-04-09 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1966-08-11 Antonio Goss, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • 1966-09-10 Ted Popson, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1966-09-29 Ken Norton Jr, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 1967-03-15 Kirk Scrafford, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1967-06-14 Dedrick Dodge, American NFL safety (SF 49ers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 1967-11-05 Frank Pollack, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1967-11-06 Dennis Brown, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-12-04 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Canadian NFL punter (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers), born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1968-01-26 Eric Davis, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968-03-12 Merton Hanks, NFL safety (SF 49ers)
  • 1968-06-07 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968-07-04 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-07-05 Nate Singleton, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-07-30 Michael Brandon, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1968-10-08 Frankie Smith, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Groesbeck, Texas
  • 1968-10-10 James Williams, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1968-11-06 Alfred Williams, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-12-07 Ricky Ervins, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1969-02-14 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969-03-16 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • 1969-10-31 Lee Woodall, American NFL linebacker (SF 49ers), born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-11-10 Rod Milstead, American NFL guard (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers; coach Delaware State), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-01-17 Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1970-01-20 Terry Kirby, American football player (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970-01-23 Jim Schwantz, American football player & politician (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970-02-25 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • 1970-03-15 Chris Dalman, NFL guard/center (SF 49ers)
  • 1970-04-27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-04-28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1970-05-17 Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1970-08-13 Elvis Grbac, American NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1970-10-29 Marquez Pope, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1970-11-14 Dana Stubblefield, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1971-01-04 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia
  • 1971-01-16 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971-01-29 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-03-16 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1971-04-24 Jeff Brohm, American football quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-06-21 Tyrone Drakeford, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1971-07-16 Chris Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in Burbank, California
  • 1972-01-07 Chuck Levy, American football running back (SF 49ers), born in
  • 1972-01-23 Anthony Peterson, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-01-27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972-02-17 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-04-07 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-04-19 Jeff Wilkins, American NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972-10-06 J. J. [Jeral Jamal] Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1972-10-23 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-12-12 Jamal Willis, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1973-12-07 Terrell Owens, American football wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), born in Alexander City, Alabama
  • 1974-01-28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-08-10 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-11-17 Marc Edwards, NFL fullback (SF 49ers)
  • 1979-12-14 Kyle Shanahan, American NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers 2017-20), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1982-12-06 Robbie Gould, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
  • 1984-07-20 Troy Smith, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2006, Ohio State; NFL: Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestColin Kaepernick

1987-11-03 Colin Kaepernick, American NFL quarterback (protest kneel during national anthem; SF 49ers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick

Person of interestRichard Sherman

1988-03-30 Richard Sherman, American NFL cornerback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Compton, California

NFL Player Richard Sherman
NFL Player
Richard Sherman
  • 1991-01-01 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • 1957-10-28 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of San Francisco '49ers, dies while watching a game

Person of interestBill Walsh

2007-07-30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 2018-06-04 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • 2020-05-29 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), dies at 82
  • 2020-08-12 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78