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1957 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Frank Albert
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 8-4-0
Place T-1st NFL Western
Playoff Finish Lost to Detroit Lions in Conference Final
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1956 1958

The 1957 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's eighth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 5-6-1 record in 1956, however, they ended the season with a 5 game unbeaten streak, and tied for the Western Conference Championship.

San Francisco would continue their late season success from the previous year, and would win 5 of their first 6 games and sit in 1st place in the Western Conference. The Niners would then lose 3 in a row on the road to drop to a 5-4-0 record, however, a 3 game winning streak to close out the season would see San Francisco finish with an 8-4-0 record, their best season since 1953. The 49ers finished tied with the Detroit Lions at the top of the Western Conference, which would set up a tie-breaking playoff game at Kezar Stadium, with the winner of the game to face the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship. The Lions would come back from a 24-7 halftime deficit, win a very close game by a 31-27 score, and end both the 49ers season and their quest for their first title.

Tony[]

Sadly, 49ers owner Anthony J. (Tony) Morabito Jr. died of a heart attack, during the second quarter of the October 27 game against the Bears at Kezar. The team was notified of his death at halftime, and with tears in their eyes, they went back out and won a come-from-behind victory. [1]

Top Players[]

Y.A. Tittle had another strong season for the team, completing 63.1% of his passes for 2157 yards and 13 TD's. Tittle would also rush for 6 TD's. Billy Wilson would lead the club with 52 receptions and 757 yards, along with a team high 6 TD's. Hugh McElhenny had a club best 478 rushing yards on 102 attempts.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

  • Main article: 1957 NFL draft
1957 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 John Brodie * Quarterback Stanford
2 15 Abe Woodson * Defensive back Illinois began play with 49ers in 1958
4 39 Jim Ridlon Defensive back Syracuse
4 46 Mike Sandusky * Guard Maryland
5 57 Karl Rubke Linebacker USC
6 62 Bill Rhodes Back Western State (CO)
6 68 Jim Hunter Back Missouri
7 80 Fred Dugan End Dayton began play with 49ers in 1958.
8 92 Ernie Pitts End Denver signed with Winnipeg Blue Bombers (WIFU)
9 104 Charlie Brueckman Linebacker Pittsburgh
10 116 Jerry Hurst End Middle Tennessee
11 128 Tommy Davis * Kicker LSU began play with 49ers in 1959.
12 140 Fred Sington Tackle Alabama
13 152 Charley Mackey End Arizona State
14 164 Ron Warzeka Defensive tackle Montana State
15 176 Earl Kaiser Back Houston
16 188 Vic Kristopaitis Back Dayton signed with Toronto Argonauts (IFRU)
17 200 Dave Kuhn Center Kentucky
18 212 Dick Guy Guard Ohio State
19 224 Gene Babb Linebacker Austin
20 236 Sid DeLoatch Guard Duke
21 248 Fred Wilcox Back Tulane
22 260 Paul Tripp Tackle Idaho State
23 272 John Thomas * Guard Pacific began play with 49ers in 1958.
24 284 John Ladner End Wake Forest
25 296 Ray Meyer Back Lamar Tech
26 308 Tom Topping Tackle Duke returned to Duke
27 320 Don Vicic Back Ohio State signed with BC Lions (WIFU)
28 332 Bill Curtis Back TCU
29 344 Vern Hallbeck Back TCU
30 355 George Parks Back Lamar Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Source:[2]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 18 New York W 24-15 1-0 33,673 Kezar Stadium
August 25 Washington W 27-21 2-0 24,781 Kezar Stadium
September 1 Cleveland W 21-17 3-0 32,840 Kezar Stadium
September 7 Chi. Cardinals W 27-21 4-0 28,000 Kezar Stadium
September 13 at Los Angeles L 58-27 4-1 75,172 LA Coliseum
September 22 Philadelphia W 17-14 5-1 21,817 Kezar Stadium

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 29 Chi. Cardinals L 20-10 0-1 35,743 Kezar Stadium
2 October 6 Los Angeles W 23-20 1-1 59,637 Kezar Stadium
3 October 13 at Chi. Bears W 21-17 2-1 45,310 Wrigley Field
4 October 20 at Green Bay W 24-14 3-1 18,919 Milwaukee Cty. St.
5 October 27 Chi. Bears W 21-17 4-1 56,693 Kezar Stadium
6 November 3 Detroit W 35-31 5-1 59,702 Kezar Stadium
7 November 10 at Los Angeles L 37-24 5-2 102,368 LA Coliseum
8 November 17 at Detroit L 31-10 5-3 56,915 Briggs Stadium
9 November 24 at Baltimore L 27-21 5-4 50,073 Memorial Stadium
10 December 1 at New York W 27-17 6-4 54,121 Yankee Stadium
11 December 8 Baltimore W 17-13 7-4 59,950 Kezar Stadium
12 December 15 Green Bay W 27-20 8-4 59,100 Kezar Stadium

Standings[]

Western Conference W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 8 4 0 .667 251 231
San Francisco 49ers 8 4 0 .667 260 264
Baltimore Colts 7 5 0 .583 303 235
Los Angeles Rams 6 6 0 .500 307 278
Chicago Bears 5 7 0 .417 203 211
Green Bay Packers 3 9 0 .250 218 311

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Post Season[]

Western Conference Playoff[]

Date Opponent Result Score Att. Location
December 22 Detroit L 31-27 60,118 Kezar Stadium
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 14 10 31
49ers 14 10 3 0 27




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