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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
Timeline
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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 Players[]

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.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

San Francisco 49ers 1952 NFL draft selections
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
5 57 Pat O'Donahue End Wisconsin
6 70 Jim Beasley Center Tulsa
7 81 Don Robison Halfback California
8 94 Jerry Smith Tackle Wisconsin
9 105 Glen Christian Halfback Idaho
10 118 Carl West Fullback Mississippi
11 129 J. D. Kimmel Tackle Houston/Army
12 142 Fred Snyder End Loyola
13 153 Rudy Yeager Tackle LSU
14 166 Frank Simons End Nebraska
15 177 Haldo Norman End Gustavus Adolphus
16 190 Bob Meyers Halfback Stanford
17 201 Al Baldock End USC
18 214 Bill Carey End Michigan State
20 238 Jess Yates End LSU
21 249 Gene Offield End Hardin–Simmons
22 262 Jim Cozad Tackle Santa Clara
23 273 Bill Glazier End Arizona
24 286 Ralph Kreuger Tackle California
25 297 Henry (Bud) Laughlin Fullback Kansas
26 310 Dick Kane Guard Cincinnati
27 321 Waldo Schaaf Tackle Oklahoma A&M
28 334 Joe Palumbo Guard Virginia
29 345 Chuck Mosher End Colorado
30 358 Dick Patrick Center Oregon
     = Made team

Preseason[]

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 Chi. 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 season[]

Schedule[]

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 Chi. Bears W 40-16 4-0 46,338 Wrigley Field
5 October 26 Dallas W 48-21 5-0 26,887 Kezar Stadium
6 November 2 Chi. 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 Summaries[]

Week 1: vs Detroit[]

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



Sunday, September 28 at Kezar Stadium

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 2: at Dallas[]

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 Detroit[]

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 Bears[]

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 Dallas[]

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 Bears[]

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 York[]

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 Washington[]

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
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter



Week 9: at Los Angeles[]

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 Angeles[]

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 Pittsburgh[]

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 Bay[]

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



Standings[]

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

[2]

Pro Bowl[]

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

References[]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, Template:ISBN, 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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