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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
Uniform
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1950 1952

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 Players[]

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 draft[]

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1951 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Y. A. Tittle *  Quarterback LSU Former Baltimore Colts player
2 17 Pete Schabarum Halfback California
3 28 Bill Mixon Halfback Georgia began play with 49ers in 1953.
5 53 Dick Steere Guard Drake
5 54 Al Carapella * Tackle Miami (FL)
6 64 Bishop Strickland Halfback South Carolina
7 75 Dick Forbes End St. Ambrose
8 89 Joe Arenas Halfback Omaha
9 100 Bruce Van Alstyne End Stanford
10 112 Nick Feher Guard Georgia
11 126 Bill Jessup End USC
12 137 Jim Monachino Halfback Stanford
13 148 Dick Harvin End Georgia Tech
14 162 Rex Berry Defensive back BYU
15 173 Dave Sparks Guard South Carolina
16 184 Bob White Halfback Stanford
17 198 Art Michalik Guard St. Ambrose
18 209 Jim Murphy Tackle Xavier
19 220 John Phillips Halfback Southern Miss
20 234 Al Tate Tackle Illinois
21 245 Hardy Brown * Back Tulsa previously played for the Washington Redskins
22 256 Dwight Winslow Back Boise J.C.
23 270 Wally Brunswald Back Gustavus Adolphus
24 281 Tom Kingsford Quarterback Montana
25 292 Mike Peterson End Denver
26 306 Keith Carpenter Tackle San Jose State
27 317 Ray Lung Guard Oregon
28 328 Jack Rohan Back Loras
29 342 S. P. Garnett Tackle Kansas
30 353 Jerry Faske Back Iowa
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 19 Washington W 45-14 1-0 27,280 Kezar Stadium
August 26 Chi. 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 Chi. Cardinals W 37-17 4-1 10,000 Omaha NE

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

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 Chi. 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 NY Yanks W 19-14 4-3 25,538 Kezar Stadium
8 November 18 Chi. Cardinals L 27-21 4-4 19,658 Kezar Stadium
9 November 25 at NY 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 Summaries[]

Week 1: vs Cleveland[]

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



Sunday, September 30 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 2: at Philadelphia[]

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



Saturday, October 6 at Connie Mack Stadium

First Quarter
  • SF - Verl Lillywhite 60 yard rush (Gordy Soltau kick)
  • Phi - Jim Parmer 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
Third Quarter
  • Phi - Clyde Scott 49 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
Fourth Quarter
  • Phi - Clyde Scott 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
  • SF - Verl Lillywhite 11 yard pass from Y. A. Tittle (Gordy Soltau kick)



Week 3: at Pittsburgh[]

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



Sunday, October 14 at Forbes Field

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Pit - Elbie Nichel 77 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
  • Pit - Joe Geri 16 yard field goal
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Pit - Lynn Chandnois 8 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)
  • Pit - Elbie Nichel 22 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)



Week 4: at Chicago Bears[]

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



Sunday, October 21 at Wrigley Field

First Quarter
  • Chi - John Dottley 77 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (kick Failed)
Third Quarter
  • Chi - Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
Fourth Quarter



Week 5: vs Los Angeles[]

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



Sunday, October 28 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 6: at Los Angeles[]

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

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 7: vs New York Yanks[]

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



Sunday, November 11 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • NY - Buddy Young 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
  • NY - Dan Edwards 20 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 8: vs Chicago Cardinals[]

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



Sunday, November 18 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Chi - Elmer Angsman 80 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
  • Chi - Don R. Paul 4 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
  • Chi - Cliff Patton 16 yard field goal
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 9: at New York Yanks[]

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



Sunday, November 25 at Polo Grounds

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • NY - Sherman Howard 11 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
  • NY - Harvey Johnson 23 yard field goal



Week 10: at Detroit[]

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



Sunday, December 2 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 11: vs Green Bay[]

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



Sunday, December 9 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
  • GB - Fred Cone 20 yard field goal
  • SF - Gordy Soltau 23 yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • GB - Fred Cone 37 yard field goal
  • SF - Joe Arenas 7 yard rush (Gordy Soltau kick)
  • GB - Ray Palfrey 3 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 12: vs Detroit[]

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



Sunday, December 16 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
  • Det - Pat Harder 13 yard field goal
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Standings[]

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

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Pro Bowl[]

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

References[]

  1. 1951 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 300
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