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1953 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 9-3-0
Place 2nd Western Conference
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1952 1954

The 1953 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's fourth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 7-5-0 record in 1952.

The 49ers would play consistent football all season long, never losing consecutive games throughout the season en route to a franchise best 9-3-0 record. However, the 49ers would lose both games against the Detroit Lions, who finished the season 10-2-0 to win the Western Conference and earn a spot in the NFL Championship game.

Top PlayersEdit

Offensively, San Francisco was led by quarterback Y.A. Tittle, who threw for 2,121 yards and 20 TD's while completing 57.5% of his passes. Running back Joe Perry had another great season, rushing for 1,018 yards along with 10 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny rushed for 503 yards and 3 TD's, and caught 30 passes for 474 yards and 6 TD's. Wide receiver Billy Wilson would catch a team high 51 passes for 840 yards and 10 Touchdowns.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 1 Harry Babock End Georgia
1 10 Tom Stolhandske End Texas
2 21 George Morris Center Georgia Tech
3 32 Bob St. Clair Tackle USF
4 46 Ed Fullerton Halfback Maryland
5 57 Hal Miller Tackle Georgia Tech

PreseasonEdit

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 15 Fort Ord (service team) W 42-7 1-0 17,000 Sacramento
August 23 New York Giants L 20-7 1-1 36,273 Kezar Stadium
August 30 Washington W 7-0 2-1 25,784 Kezar Stadium
September 3 at Los Angeles L 35-10 2-2 39,816 LA Coliseum
September 7 Philadelphia W 31-28 3-2 15,378 San Antonio
September 13 Chicago Cardinals T 14-14 3-2-1 22,736 Kezar Stadium
September 17 at New York Giants L 28-21 3-3-1 22,551 Polo Grounds

Regular SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 27 Philadelphia W 31-21 1-0 25,000 Kezar Stadium
2 October 4 Los Angeles W 31-30 2-0 41,446 Kezar Stadium
3 October 11 at Detroit L 24-21 2-1 56,080 Briggs Stadium
4 October 18 at Chicago Bears W 35-28 3-1 36,909 Wrigley Field
5 October 25 Detroit L 14-10 3-2 52,300 Kezar Stadium
6 November 1 Chicago Bears W 24-14 4-2 26,308 Kezar Stadium
7 November 8 at Los Angeles W 31-27 5-2 85,856 LA Coliseum
8 November 15 at Cleveland L 23-21 5-3 80,698 Cleveland Stadium
9 November 22 at Green Bay W 37-7 6-3 16,378 Milwaukee Cty. Stad.
10 November 29 at Baltimore W 38-21 7-3 26,005 Memorial Stadium
11 December 6 Green Bay W 48-14 8-3 31,337 Kezar Stadium
12 December 13 Baltimore W 45-14 9-3 23,932 Kezar Stadium

StandingsEdit

Western Conference W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 10 2 0 .833 271 205
San Francisco 49ers 9 3 0 .750 372 237
Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 .727 366 236
Chicago Bears 3 8 1 .273 218 262
Baltimore Colts 3 9 0 .250 182 350
Green Bay Packers 2 9 1 .182 200 338

Pro BowlEdit

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Art Michalik Linebacker
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordy Soltau Wide Receiver
Y.A. Tittle Quarterback

ReferencesEdit

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