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1946 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 9-5
Place 2nd AAFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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N/A 1947

The 1946 San Francisco 49ers season was not only their inaugural season, but also the first season of the league's existence. Despite losing their first game as a team and having a stretch of five consecutive road games, the 49ers managed to go 9-5,[1] earning the second-best record in the West division (third-best overall). The 49ers also outscored every other team except for the eventual season champions, the Cleveland Browns.[2]

Top Players[]

Frank Albert was the main quarterback, completing 52.8% of his passes for 1,404 yards, 14 touchdowns and a rating of 69.8. Norm Standlee rushed for 651 yards, and Alyn Beals caught 40 passes for 586 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense Ken Casanega intercepted eight passes.

Schedule[]

Pre-season[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Location
August 24 Los Angeles W 17-7 1-0 Balboa Stadium
September 1 Chicago W 34-14 2-0 Kezar Stadium

Regular Season[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Location
1 September 8 New York L 21-7 0-1 Kezar Stadium
2 September 15 Miami W 21-14 1-1 Kezar Stadium
3 September 22 Brooklyn W 32-13 2-1 Kezar Stadium
4 September 29 at Chicago L 24-7 2-2 Soldier Field
5 October 8 (Tue) at Miami W 34-7 3-2 Burdine Stadium
6 October 12 (Sat) at Los Angeles W 23-14 4-2 LA Coliseum
7 October 19 (Sat) at Buffalo L 17-14 4-3 Civic Stadium
8 October 27 at Cleveland W 34-20 5-3 Cleveland Stadium
9 November 2 (Sat) Buffalo W 27-14 6-3 Kezar Stadium
10 November 10 Cleveland L 14-7 6-4 Kezar Stadium
11 November 17 at New York L 10-9 6-5 Yankee Stadium
12 November 24 at Brooklyn W 30-14 7-5 Ebbets Field
13 November 30 (Sat) Chicago W 14-0 8-5 Kezar Stadium
14 December 8 Los Angeles W 48-7 9-5 Kezar Stadium

Standings[]

AAFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 12 2 0 .857 423 137 W-5
San Francisco 49ers 9 5 0 .643 307 189 W-3
Los Angeles Dons 7 5 2 .583 305 290 T-1
Chicago Rockets 5 6 3 .455 263 315 T-1

Game Summaries[]

Week 1: vs New York Yankees[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Yankees 0 7 7 7 21
49ers 7 0 0 0 7


Sunday, September 8 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

SF - Len Eshmont 40 yard pass from Frank Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)

Second Quarter

NYY - Lowell Wagner 40 yard blocked punt return (Harvey Johnson kick)

Third Quarter

NYY - Ace Parker 7 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)

Fourth Quarter

NYY - Dewey Procter 7 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)

Week 2: vs Miami Seahawks[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 0 7 14
49ers 7 7 7 0 21


Sunday, September 15 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • SF - Dick Renfro unknown yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
  • Mia - Lamar Davis 22 yard pass from Marion Pugh (Dick Erdlitz kick)
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Mia - Prince Scott 30 yard pass from Cotton Price (Dick Erdlitz kick)

Week 3: vs Brooklyn Dodgers[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 7 0 0 6 13
49ers 7 12 13 0 32


Sunday, September 22 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • Brk - Mickey Colmer 27 yard pass from Lew Mayne (Jim McCarthy kick)
  • SF - Len Eshmont 5 yard rush (John Mellus kick)
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Brk - Neal Adams 5 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (kick failed)

Week 4: at Chicago Rockets[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 7 7
Rockets 0 3 14 7 24


Sunday, September 29 at Soldier Field

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
  • Chi - Steve Nemeth 20 yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • Chi - Elroy Hirsch 8 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Steve Nemeth kick)
  • Chi - Bill Kellagher 3 yard rush (Steve Nemeth kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • SF - Len Eshmont 2 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
  • Chi - Ralph Heywood 15 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Steve Nemeth kick)

Week 5: at Miami Seahawks[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 7 13 34
Seahawks 0 0 0 7 7


Tuesday, October 8 at Miami Orange Bowl

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Mia - Prince Scott 4 yard pass from Jimmy Tarrant (Dick Erdlitz kick)
  • SF - Pete Franceschi 8 yard rush (kick failed)
  • SF - John Kuzman 72 yard fumble return (Joe Vetrano kick)

Week 6: at Los Angeles Dons[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 10 0 7 6 23
Dons 0 7 7 0 14


Saturday, October 12 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • LA - Andy Marefos 1 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • SF - Earle Parsons 66 yard rush (kick failed)

Week 7: at Buffalo Bisons[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 0 0 14
Bisons 3 7 0 7 17


Saturday, October 19 at War Memorial Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • Buf - Lou Zontini 45 yard field goal
Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Buf - Fay King 2 yard pass from Al Dekdebrun (Lou Zontini kick)

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 17 7 7 34
Browns 0 6 0 14 20


Sunday, October 27 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 9: vs Buffalo Bisons[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bisons 0 7 0 7 14
49ers 0 0 7 20 27


Saturday, November 2 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
  • Buf - Steve Juzwik 14 yard pass from Al Dekdebrun (Lou Zontini kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 10: vs Cleveland Browns[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 7 0 0 14
49ers 0 0 0 7 7


Sunday, November 10 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Cle - Gaylon Smith 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
Fourth Quarter

Week 11: at New York Yankees[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 9 0 0 9
Yankees 0 3 0 7 10


Sunday, November 17 at Yankee Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • NYY - Eddie Prokop 25 yard pass from Ace Johnson (Harvey Johnson kick)

Week 12: at Brooklyn Dodgers[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 9 0 7 30
Dodgers 0 14 0 0 14


Sunday, November 24 at Ebbets Field

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Brk - Neal Adams 7 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Phil Martinovich kick)
  • Brk - Glenn Dobbs 40 yard fumble return (Phil Martinovich kick)
  • SF - Bill Fisk 7 yard pass from Frank Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
  • SF - Safety, Glenn Dobbs tackled in end zone
Fourth Quarter

Week 13: vs Chicago Rockets[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 0 14 0 0 14


Saturday, November 30 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter

Week 14: vs Los Angeles Dons[]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Dons 7 0 0 0 7
49ers 21 0 7 20 48


December 8 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

References[]


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