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1952 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7-5-0
Place 3rd National Conference
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1951 1953

The 1952 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's third season in the NFL, and were coming off a 7-4-1 record in 1951.

The 49ers would start off the season strong, winning their first 5 games, winning every game by at least 2 touchdowns, and had visions of playing in their first ever NFL Championship game. However, the 49ers season would hit a roadblock, as the team would lose 5 of their final 7 games to finish the year at 7-5-0, and in 3rd place in the NFC.

Top PlayersEdit

Y.A. Tittle would emerge with the starting quarterback job, as he would have a completion rate of 51.0% along with 11 TD's and 1,407 yards. Frank Albert also had some action, completing 55.0% of his passes, along with 8 TD's and 964 yards.

Joe Perry would rush for a team high 725 yards and 8 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny wouldn't be too far behind with 684 yards on only 98 attempts (7.0 yards/carry), along with 6 rushing TD's, while he caught 26 passes for 367 yards and earned another 3 TD's. Gordy Soltau would lead the club with 55 receptions for 774 yards, and 7 TD's.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 9 Hugh McElhenny [1] Halfback Washington
2 22 Bob Toneff Tackle Notre Dame
3 27 Gene Shannon Halfback Houston
3 33 Billy Tidwell Halfback Texas A&M
4 46 Marion Campbell Tackle Georgia

PreseasonEdit

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att.
August 10 S.F. Broncos (semi-pro) W 79-0 1-0 87,000
August 17 Washington W 35-0 2-0 35,234
August 24 Chicago Cardinals W 38-14 3-0 34,109
September 3 at Los Angeles W 17-7 4-0 67,799
September 7 at Pittsburgh W 29-14 5-0 21,759
September 13 Cleveland at Akron OH W 35-31 6-0 30,199
September 19 S.J. Packers (semi-pro) W 76-0 7-0 6,839

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 28 Detroit W 17-3 1-0 52,750 Kezar Stadium
2 October 5 at Dallas W 37-14 2-0 12,566 Cotton Bowl
3 October 12 at Detroit W 28-0 3-0 42,842 Briggs Stadium
4 October 19 at Chicago Bears W 40-16 4-0 46,338 Wrigley Field
5 October 26 Dallas Texans W 48-21 5-0 26,887 Kezar Stadium
6 November 2 Chicago Bears L 20-17 5-1 58,255 Kezar Stadium
7 November 9 at New York L 23-14 5-2 54,230 Polo Grounds
8 November 16 at Washington W 23-17 6-2 30,863 Griffith Stadium
9 November 23 at Los Angeles L 35-9 6-3 64,450 LA Coliseum
10 November 30 Los Angeles L 34-21 6-4 49,420 Kezar Stadium
11 December 7 Pittsburgh L 24-7 6-5 13,886 Kezar Stadium
12 December 14 Green Bay W 24-14 7-5 17,579 Kezar Stadium

Game SummariesEdit

Week 1: vs DetroitEdit

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



Sunday, September 28 at Kezar Stadium

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Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 2: at DallasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 3 0 20 37
Texans 0 7 0 7 14



Sunday, October 5 at Cotton Bowl

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 3: at DetroitEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 7 7 28
Lions 0 0 0 0 0



Sunday, October 12 at Briggs Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 4: at Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 7 10 9 40
Bears 2 7 0 7 16



Sunday, October 19 at Wrigley Field

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 5: vs DallasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 0 14 21
49ers 14 13 7 14 48



Sunday, October 26 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 6: vs Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 10 0 10 20
49ers 3 7 7 0 17



Sunday, November 2 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 7: at New YorkEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 0 7 14
Giants 0 10 10 3 23



Sunday, November 9 at Polo Grounds

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 8: at WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 6 14 23
Redskins 7 7 3 0 17



Sunday, November 16 at Griffith Stadium

First Quarter
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Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 9: at Los AngelesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 9 9
Rams 0 7 7 21 35



Sunday, November 23 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 10: vs Los AngelesEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 3 17 7 34
49ers 0 7 0 14 21



Sunday, November 30 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 11: vs PittsburghEdit

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



Sunday, December 7 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 12: vs Green BayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 7 7 0 14
49ers 7 7 7 3 24



Sunday, December 14 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



StandingsEdit

National Football Conference W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 9 3 0 .750 344 192
Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 .750 349 234
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 285 221
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 295 312
Chicago Bears 5 7 0 .417 245 326
Dallas Texans 1 11 0 .083 182 427

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Pro BowlEdit

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Hardy Brown Linebacker
Ed Henke Defensive Line
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordy Soltau Wide Receiver

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. 299

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