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1954 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7-4-1
Place 3rd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1953 1955

The 1954 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's fifth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 9-3-0 record in 1953, finishing one game behind the Detroit Lions for a spot in the Championship game.

The 49ers would get off to a strong start, beginning the season with a 4-0-1 record, as they were trying to finish on top of the conference for the 1st time in team history. The Niners would lose their next 2 games against the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams by close scores, however, they still found themselves in the playoff race as no team was running away with the conference. The 4-2-1 Niners had a huge game against the 5-1-0 Detroit Lions, which was a must-win game for San Francisco. The Lions though had other ideas, demolishing the 49ers 48-7, as they fell to a 4-3-1 record. San Francisco would finish the season with 3 wins in their final 4 games, and finished the year in 3rd place with a 7-4-1 record.

Top Players[]

Offensively, Y.A. Tittle had another strong season, throwing for 2,205 yards and 9 TD's, while completing 57.6% of his passes. Billy Wilson led the club with 60 receptions, 830 yards and 5 TD's. San Francisco's ground attack was overwhelming. Joe Perry rushed for a NFL high 1,049 yards, and John Johnson rushed for 681 yards (2nd highest total in the NFL) and a team high 9 TD's. Hugh McElhenny was leading the team with 8.0 yards per carry until he separated his shoulder on October 31 against the Bears.

Perry, Bruno Banducci (G) and Leo Nomellini (DT) made the Associated Press All-Pro team. Wilson, McElhenny and Bob St. Clair (T) made the second squad.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

1954 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Bernie Faloney Back Maryland signed with Edmonton Eskimos (WIFU)
2 23 Leo Rucka Linebacker Rice played with 49ers in 1956.
3 35 Steve Korcheck Center George Washington decided to play professional baseball.
4 47 Charlie Boxold Back Kansas
5 55 Bob Hantla Guard Maryland
5 59 Frank Mincevich Guard South Carolina
6 71 Floyd Sagely Defensive back Arkansas
7 83 Sid Youngelman Defensive tackle Alabama played with 49ers in 1955.
9 107 Ted Connolly * Guard Tulsa
11 131 John Skocko End USC
12 143 Hal Easterwood Center Mississippi State returned to play at MSU.
13 155 Morgan Williams Guard TCU
14 167 Sammy Williams Back California
15 171 Ed Gossage Tackle Georgia Tech
15 179 Sam Palumbo Guard Notre Dame returned to Notre Dame
16 191 Bobby Fiveash Back Florida State
17 203 Carl Kautz Tackle Texas Tech
18 215 Morris Kay End Kansas
19 227 Bob Edmiston Tackle Temple
20 239 Frank Dipietro Back Georgia
21 251 Howard Alsup Tackle Middle Tennessee
22 263 Ralph Reynolds Back North Texas State
23 275 LeRoy Fenstemaker Back Rice
24 287 Jerry Daniels Tackle Tennessee Tech
25 299 John Platt Back Elon
26 311 Pete Bello Center Pasadena CC
27 323 Gayford Baker Guard Omaha
28 335 Bob Garbrecht Back Rice
29 347 Ted Dunn Back Murray State
30 359 Don Folks End Houston
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Source:[1]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 8 Fort Ord (service team) W 42-14 1-0 19,779 Kezar Stadium
August 15 New York W 43-35 2-0 29,296 Kezar Stadium
August 21 Washington W 30-7 3-0 23,389 Sacramento CA
August 29 Chi. Cardinals W 42-7 4-0 24,559 Kezar Stadium
September 5 Cleveland W 38-21 5-0 46,877 Kezar Stadium
September 10 at Los Angeles W 28-27 6-0 84,572 LA Coliseum
September 15 Pittsburgh W 37-14 7-0 16,000 Tucson AZ

Regular Season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 26 Washington W 41-7 1-0-0 32,085 Kezar Stadium
2 October 3 at Los Angeles T 24-24 1-0-1 79,208 LA Coliseum
3 October 10 at Green Bay W 23-17 2-0-1 15,571 County Stadium
4 October 17 at Chi. Bears W 31-24 3-0-1 42,935 Wrigley Field
5 October 24 Detroit W 37-31 4-0-1 58,891 Kezar Stadium
6 October 31 Chi. Bears L 31-27 4-1-1 49,833 Kezar Stadium
7 November 7 Los Angeles L 42-34 4-2-1 58,758 Kezar Stadium
8 November 14 at Detroit L 48-7 4-3-1 58,431 Briggs Stadium
9 November 20 (Sat) at Pittsburgh W 31-3 5-3-1 37,001 Forbes Field
10 November 28 at Baltimore L 17-13 5-4-1 23,875 Memorial Stadium
11 December 5 Green Bay W 35-0 6-4-1 32,012 Kezar Stadium
12 December 11 (Sat) Baltimore W 10-7 7-4-1 25,456 Kezar Stadium

Standings[]

Western Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 12 9 2 1 .792 337 189
Chicago Bears 12 8 4 0 .667 301 279
San Francisco 49ers 12 7 4 1 .625 313 251
Los Angeles Rams 12 6 5 1 .542 314 285
Green Bay Packers 12 4 8 0 .333 234 251
Baltimore Colts 12 3 9 0 .250 131 279

References[]

  1. 1954 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.

External links[]

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