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1951 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7-4-1
Place T-2nd National Conference
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1951 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's second season in the NFL, and were coming off a 3-9-0 record in 1950. Due to the collapse of the first Baltimore franchise the Niners were able to draft quarterback Y. A. Tittle.

The 49ers would win their first ever NFL road game on October 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after losing their first 7 since joining the league. The Niners would be in playoff contention all year long, finishing 7-4-1, just a half game out of first place in the National Conference. Their biggest win of the season was a 44-17 victory over their Californian rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

Top PlayersEdit

Frank Albert and Y.A. Tittle would split time at quarterback, with Albert throwing for 1,116 yards, while Tittle would lead the club with 8 TD's and completing 55.3% of his passes. Joe Perry would once again lead the team in rushing, with 677 yards, and add 3 TD's, and wide receiver Gordy Soltau would lead the club with 59 completions, for 826 yards and 7 TD's.

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position College
1 3 Y.A. Tittle Quarterback LSU [1]
2 17 Pete Schabarum Halfback California
3 28 Bill Mixon Halfback Georgia
8 89 Joe Arenas Halfback Omaha

PreseasonEdit

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 19 Washington W 45-14 1-0 27,280 Kezar Stadium
August 26 Chicago Bears L 24-7 1-1 38,836 Kezar Stadium
September 8 Pittsburgh W 24-7 2-1 18,000 Syracuse NY
September 12 Green Bay W 20-0 3-1 19,021 Minneapolis MN
September 23 Chicago Cardinals W 37-17 4-1 10,000 Omaha NE

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 30 Cleveland W 24-10 1-0 48,263 Kezar Stadium
2 October 6 (Sat) at Philadelphia L 21-14 1-1 23,827 Shibe Park
3 October 14 at Pittsburgh W 28-24 2-1 27,124 Forbes Field
4 October 21 at Chicago Bears L 13-7 2-2 42,296 Soldier Field
5 October 28 Los Angeles W 44-17 3-2 49,538 Kezar Stadium
6 November 4 at Los Angeles L 23-16 3-3 54,346 LA Coliseum
7 November 11 New York Yanks W 19-14 4-3 25,538 Kezar Stadium
8 November 18 Chicago Cardinals L 27-21 4-4 19,658 Kezar Stadium
9 November 25 at New York Yanks T 10-10 4-4-1 10,184 Yankee Stadium
10 December 2 at Detroit W 20-10 5-4-1 46,467 Briggs Stadium
11 December 9 Green Bay W 31-19 6-4-1 15,121 Kezar Stadium
12 December 16 Detroit W 21-17 7-4-1 27,276 Kezar Stadium

Game SummariesEdit

Week 1: vs ClevelandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 3 0 10
49ers 7 3 7 7 24



Sunday, September 30 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 2: at PhiladelphiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 0 7 14
Eagles 7 0 7 7 21



Saturday, October 6 at Connie Mack Stadium

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Week 3: at PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 21 0 28
Steelers 0 10 0 14 24



Sunday, October 14 at Forbes Field

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Week 4: at Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 7 7
Bears 6 0 7 0 13



Sunday, October 21 at Wrigley Field

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Week 5: vs Los AngelesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 7 0 17
49ers 10 28 0 6 44



Sunday, October 28 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 6: at Los AngelesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 6 3 16
Rams 10 3 0 10 23



Sunday, November 4 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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Week 7: vs New York YanksEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yanks 0 14 0 0 14
49ers 7 0 3 9 19



Sunday, November 11 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 8: vs Chicago CardinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 17 3 0 27
49ers 7 0 7 7 21



Sunday, November 18 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 9: at New York YanksEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 0 10
Yanks 0 0 0 10 10



Sunday, November 25 at Polo Grounds

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Week 10: at DetroitEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 0 7 7 20
Lions 0 3 7 0 10



Sunday, December 2 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 11: vs Green BayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 10 6 0 19
49ers 3 7 7 14 31



Sunday, December 9 at Kezar Stadium

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Week 12: vs DetroitEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 7 7 0 17
49ers 0 14 0 7 21



Sunday, December 16 at Kezar Stadium

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StandingsEdit

National Football Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 12 8 4 0 .667 392 261
Detroit Lions 12 7 4 1 .636 336 259
San Francisco 49ers 12 7 4 1 .636 255 205
Chicago Bears 12 7 5 0 .583 286 282
Green Bay Packers 12 3 9 0 .250 254 375
New York Yanks 12 1 9 2 .167 241 382

[2]

Pro BowlEdit

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Jim Cason Defensive Back
Ray Collins Defensive Line
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Gordy Soltau Wide Receiver / Kicker

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 398
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 300

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