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1949 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 9-3
Place 2nd AAFC
Playoff Finish Lost League Championship
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The 1949 AAFC season was the final season before the league folded and comprised only twelve games instead of the previously standard fourteen. The 49ers, in their fourth season, were unable to improve on the previous season's output of 12-2, only posting a record of 9-3, however, they were able to make their first playoff appearance. This was due to the league taking a different format, in which the top four teams played a small tournament to determine the champion.

The 49ers, with the second seed, played the third-seeded New York Yankees (8-4). With their 17-7 victory over the Yankees, the 49ers moved on to play the Cleveland Browns in the league championship. The 49ers ended up losing 21-7.[1] Until 2012, that was the only time the Niners had lost a league title game.

Top Players[]

Quarterback Frank Albert completed 49.6% of his passes, for 1,862 yards, 27 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a rating of 88.2. Running back Joe "The Jet" Perry led the league with 783 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns and 6.8 yards per attempt. Receiver Alyn Beals was second in the league with 44 catches for 678 yards, and led the league in scoring with 72 points, on 12 touchdowns.

College Draft[]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 7 Chester Fritz Tackle Missouri
3 20 Frank Lovuolo End St. Bonaventure
4 28 Mike De Noia Quarterback Scranton

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Location
August 10 at Los Angeles W 28-7 1-0 LA Coliseum
August 14 Buffalo W 21-0 2-0 Kezar Stadium
August 19 at Cleveland T 21-21 2-0-1 Cleveland Stadium

Regular Season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Location
1 August 28 Baltimore W 31-17 1-0 Kezar Stadium
2 September 4 Chicago W 42-7 2-0 Kezar Stadium
3 Bye week
4 September 18 Los Angeles W 42-14 3-0 Kezar Stadium
5 September 25 at Buffalo L 28-17 3-1 Civic Stadium
6 September 30 (Fri) at Chicago W 42-24 4-1 Soldier Field
7 October 9 Cleveland W 56-28 5-1 Kezar Stadium
8 October 16 Buffalo W 51-7 6-1 Kezar Stadium
9 October 23 at New York L 24-3 6-2 Yankee Stadium
10 October 30 at Cleveland L 30-28 6-3 Cleveland Stadium
11 November 6 at Baltimore W 28-10 7-3 Municipal Stadium
12 November 13 at Los Angeles W 41-24 8-3 LA Coliseum
13 Bye week
14 November 27 New York W 35-14 9-3 Kezar Stadium

Standings[]

AAFC
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 9 1 2 .900 339 171 W-4
San Francisco 49ers 9 3 0 .750 416 227 L-1
New York Yankees 8 4 0 .667 196 206 L-2
Buffalo Bills 5 5 2 .500 236 256 L-1
Los Angeles Dons 4 8 0 .333 253 322 L-1
Chicago Hornets 4 8 0 .333 179 268 L-5
Baltimore Colts 1 11 0 .083 172 341 L-6

Game Summaries[]

Week 1: vs Baltimore[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 17 0 17
49ers 10 7 0 14 31



Sunday, August 28 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 2: vs Chicago[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 7 0 0 7
49ers 28 0 7 7 42



Sunday, September 4 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Chi - Bob Hoerschemeyer 1 yard rush (Jim McCarthy kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 4: vs Los Angeles[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dons 7 0 0 7 14
49ers 0 21 21 0 42



Sunday, September 18 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • LA - Dick Woodard 33 yard interception return (Robert Nelson kick)
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • LA - Joe Aguirre 7 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Robert Nelson kick)

Week 5: at Buffalo[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 14 0 17
Bills 7 7 7 7 28



Sunday, September 25 at Civic Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Buf - Ollie Cline 2 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)

Week 6: at Chicago[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 14 7 7 42
Hornets 10 7 0 7 24



Friday, September 30 at Soldier Field

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Chi - Paul Patterson 69 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Jim McCarthy kick)
  • SF - Verl Lillywhite 22 yard pass from Frank Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)

Week 7: vs Cleveland[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 14 0 7 28
49ers 21 14 7 14 56



Sunday, October 9 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 8: vs Buffalo[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 0 0 0 7
49ers 14 23 7 7 51



Sunday, October 16 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 9: at New York[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 0 0 3
Yankees 0 0 17 7 24



Sunday, October 23 at Yankee Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • NY - Buddy Young 20 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
  • NY - Buddy Young 8 yard pass from Don Panciera (Harvey Johnson kick)
  • NY - Harvey Johnson 40 yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • NY - Sherman Howard 10 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)



Week 10: at Cleveland[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 0 14 28
Browns 0 14 7 9 30



Sunday, October 30 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 11: at Baltimore[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 7 14 28
Colts 3 0 7 0 10



Sunday, November 6 at Memorial Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 12: at Los Angeles[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 14 7 13 41
Dons 0 17 0 7 24



Sunday, November 13 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 14: vs New York[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yankees 7 0 7 0 14
49ers 7 0 21 7 35



Sunday, November 27 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • SF - Lowell Wagner 66 yard interception return (Joe Vetrano kick)
  • NY - Buddy Young 20 yard pass from Don Panciera (Harvey Johnson kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Postseason[]

Schedule[]

Round Date Opponent Result Score Location
Semi-finals December 4 New York Yankees W 17-7 Kezar Stadium
Championship December 11 at Cleveland Browns L 21-7 Cleveland Stadium

AAFC Semifinal Game[]

  • San Francisco 49ers 17, New York Yankees 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Yankees 0 7 0 0 7
49ers 7 3 7 0 17



Sunday, December 4 at Kezar Stadium

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
  • SF - Verl Lillywhite 40 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick) (SF 7-0)
Second Quarter
  • NY - Sherman Howard 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick) (Tied 7-7)
  • SF - Joe Vetrano 38 yard field goal (SF 10-7)
Third Quarter

AAFC Championship Game[]

  • Cleveland Browns 21, San Francisco 49ers 7
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 7 7
Browns 7 0 7 7 21



Sunday, December 11 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Scoring

First Quarter
  • Cle - Edgar Jones 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick) (Cle 7-0)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

References[]

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