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1970 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Dick Nolan
Home Field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Championship Game
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1969 1971

The 1970 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 21st season in the National Football League (NFL), and the 25th overall. In a huge turnaround from their previous season quarterback John Brodie won the NFL MVP and the 49ers captured their first Divisional Title with a 10–3–1 record. Cornerback Bruce Taylor won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In the NFC Championship, the 49ers lost to the Dallas Cowboys in their final game at Kezar Stadium.

After this season the Niners bid farewell to Kezar, and moved to an expanded Candlestick Park.

Top Players[]

John Brodie Had an outstanding season, passing for 2,941 yards and 24 touchdowns, against only 10 interceptions. After the season Brodie won every possible Most Valuable Player award. Receiver Gene Washington was his favorite target, catching 53 passes for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns, winning a Pro Bowl berth for his efforts.

Off Season[]

NFL Draft[]

  • Main article: 1970 NFL draft
1970 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 9 Cedrick Hardman * Defensive end North Texas
1 17 Bruce Taylor * Defensive back Boston University
2 48 John Isenbarger Running back Indiana
4 87 Vic Washington * Running back Wyoming started play with 49ers in 1971
5 113 Gary McArthur Tackle USC
6 138 Rusty Clark Quarterback Houston signed with Edmonton
Eskimos
(CFL)
7 165 Jim Strong Running back Houston
8 191 Carter Campbell Defensive end Weber State
9 217 Preston Riley Wide receiver Memphis State
10 243 Larry Schreiber Running back Tennessee Tech started play with 49ers in 1971
11 269 Dan Crockett Wide receiver Toledo
12 295 Bill Tant Tackle Dayton
13 321 Jim Vanderslice Linebacker TCU
14 347 Jack King Guard Clemson
15 373 Dave Delsignore Wide receiver Youngstown State
16 399 Produs Perkins Defensive back Livingstone
17 425 Mike Culton Punter La Verne
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Source:[1]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 15 Cleveland L 17-14 0-1 41,851 Tampa Stadium
August 22 at Miami L 17-7 0-2 52,812 Miami Orange Bowl
August 29 Denver W 23-7 1-2 26,238 Eugene OR
September 6 Oakland L 31-17 1-3 55,521 Kezar Stadium
September 12 at Los Angeles L 17-14 1-4 55,430 LA Coliseum

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 20 Washington W 26-17 1-0 34,984 Kezar Stadium
2 September 27 Cleveland W 34-31 2-0 37,502 Kezar Stadium
3 October 4 at Atlanta L 21-20 2-1 58,850 Atlanta Stadium
4 October 11 at Los Angeles W 20-6 3-1 77,272 LA Coliseum
5 October 18 New Orleans T 20-20 3-1-1 39,446 Kezar Stadium
6 October 25 Denver W 19-14 4-1-1 39,515 Kezar Stadium
7 November 1 Green Bay W 26-10 5-1-1 59,335 Kezar Stadium
8 November 8 at Chicago W 37-16 6-1-1 45,607 Wrigley Field
9 November 15 at Houston W 30-20 7-1-1 43,040 Astrodome
10 November 22 at Detroit L 28-7 7-2-1 56,232 Tiger Stadium
11 November 29 Los Angeles L 30-13 7-3-1 59,602 Kezar Stadium
12 December 6 Atlanta W 24-20 8-3-1 41,387 Kezar Stadium
13 December 13 at New Orleans W 38-27 9-3-1 61,940 Tulane Stadium
14 December 20 at Oakland W 38-7 10-3-1 54,535 Oakland Coliseum

Game summaries[]

Week 1: vs. Washington Redskins[]

Week 1: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 3 0 7 17
49ers 7 9 7 3 26

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – Doug Cunningham 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 7–0.
  • WAS – Larry Brown 75 yard rush, (Curt Knight kick), Tied 7-7.

Second quarter

  • SF – Jimmy Johnson tackled Larry Brown in end zone. 49ers 9-7.
  • SF – Ken Willard 7 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 16-7.
  • WAS – Curt Knight 18 yard field goal. 49ers 16-10.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • WAS - Jerry Smith 10 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen, (Curt Knight kick), 49ers 23-17.
  • SF – Bruce Gossett 21 yard field goal. 49ers 26-17.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • WAS - Larry Brown - 6 rushes, 74 yards, TD
  • SF – Ken Willard – 17 rushes, 65 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • WAS - Jerry Smith - 4 receptions, 55 yards, TD
  • SF – Gene Washington – 6 receptions, 95 yards

Week 2: vs. Cleveland Browns[]

Week 2: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 10 7 7 31
49ers 14 7 0 13 34

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

  • Date: September 27
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (23 °C)
  • Pro Football Reference
Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • CLE – Don Cockroft 20 yard field goal. 49ers 14-10.
  • SF – Jimmy Thomas 15 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 21-10.
  • CLE – Fair Hooker 8 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick), 49ers 21-17.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Leroy Kelly 33 yard rush, (Don Cockroft kick), Browns 24-21.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Ken Willard 9 yard rush, (kick failed), 49ers 27-24.
  • CLE - Leroy Kelly 8 yard rush, (Don Cockroft kick), Browns 31-27.
  • SF – Jimmy Thomas 61 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 34-31.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ATL - Fair Hooker - 4 receptions, 157 yards, TD
  • SF – Jimmy Thomas – 4 receptions, 78 yards, 2 TDs

Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons[]

Week 3: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 10 3 20
Falcons 0 7 0 14 21

at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

  • SF - Ken Willard 3 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 7-0.
  • ATL - Cannonball Butler 3 yard pass from Bob Berry, (Ken Vinyard kick), Tied 7-7.

Third quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 27 yard field goal. 49ers 10-7.
  • SF – Bob Windsor 1 yard pass from [John Brodie]], (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-7.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL - Jim Mitchell 9 yard pass from Bob Berry, (Ken Vinyard kick), 49ers 17-14.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 43 yard field goal. 49ers 20-14.
  • ATL - Gail Cogdill 7 yard pass from Bob Berry, (Ken Vinyard kick), Falcons 21-20.

Top passers

  • SF – John Brodie – 16/27, 182 yards, TD
  • ATL – Bob Berry – 17/32, 217 yards, 3 TDs

Top rushers

  • SF - Ken Willard - 25 rushes, 90 yards, TD
  • ATL – Cannonball Butler – 17 rushes, 127 yards

Top receivers

  • SF - Preston Riley - 4 receptions, 9 yards
  • ATL – Paul Flatley – 6 receptions, 99 yards

Week 4: at Los Angeles Rams[]

Week 4: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 3 20
Rams 0 6 0 0 6

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

  • SF - John Brodie 12 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 7-0.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 42 yard field goal. 49ers 10-0.
  • LA - David Ray 16 yard field goal. 49ers 10-3.
  • LA - David Ray 31 yard field goal. 49ers 10-6.

Third quarter

  • SF – Gene Washington 59 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-6.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 15 yard field goal. 49ers 20-6.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Doug Cunningham - 16 rushes, 22 yards
  • LA – Les Josephson – 13 rushes, 45 yards

Top receivers

  • SF - Gene Washington - 7 receptions, 145 yards, TD
  • LA – Les Josephson – 6 receptions, 55 yards

Week 5: vs. New Orleans Saints[]

Week 5: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 3 0 14 20
49ers 3 0 10 7 20

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • NO – Tom Dempsey 40 yard field goal, Saints 3-0.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 21 yard field goal. Tied 3-3.

Second quarter

  • NO – Tom Dempsey 24 yard field goal. Saints 6-3.

Third quarter

  • SF – Gene Washington 9 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 10-6.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 48 yard field goal. 49ers 13-6.

Fourth quarter

  • NO - Dan Abramowicz 7 yard pass from Bill Kilmer, (Tom Dempsey kick), Tied 13-13.
  • SF – Gene Washington 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 20-13.
  • NO - Dave Parks 13 yard pass from Bill Kilmer, (Tom Dempsey kick), Tied 20-20

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • NO - Ken Burrough - 3 receptions, 83 yards
  • SF – Gene Washington – 4 receptions, 126 yards, 2 TDs

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos[]

Week 6: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 7 0 0 14
49ers 3 3 10 3 19

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 16 yard field goal. 49ers 3-0.
  • DEN - Floyd Little 80 yard rush. (Bobby Howfield kick), Broncos 7-3.

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 20 yard field goal. Broncos 7-6.
  • DEN - Willis Crenshaw 10 yard pass from Pete Liske, (Bobby Howfield kick), Broncos 14-6.

Third quarter

  • SF – John Isenbarger 9 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick). Broncos 14-13.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 25 yard field goal. 49ers 16-14.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 13 yard field goal. 49ers 19-14.

Top passers

  • DEN – Pete Liske – 8/17, 103 yards, TD, 2 INTs
  • SF – John Brodie – 16/35, 234 yards, TD

Top rushers

  • DEN - Floyd Little - 16 rushes, 140 yards, TD
  • SF – Ken Willard – 22 rushes, 94 yards

Top receivers

  • DEN - Bobby Anderson - 3 receptions, 49 yards
  • SF – John Isenbarger – 2 receptions, 59 yards, TD

Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers[]

Week 7: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 7 0 0 10
49ers 0 10 10 6 26

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • GB - Dale Livingston 9 yard field goal, Packers 3-0.

Second quarter

  • SF – Bob Windsor 6 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 7-3.
  • GB - Jack Clancy 33 yard pass from Don Horn, (Dale Livingston kick), Packers 10-7.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 12 yard field goal. Tied 10-10.

Third quarter

  • SF – Doug Cunningham 6 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 17-10.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 24 yard field goal. 49ers 20-10.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 41 yard field goal. 49ers 23-10.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 36 yard field goal. 49ers 26-10.

Top passers

  • GB – Don Horn – 7/23, 134 yards, TD, 3 INTs
  • SF – John Brodie – 10/20, 127 yards, TD

Top rushers

  • GB - Donny Anderson - 15 rushes, 105 yards
  • SF – Doug Cunningham – 14 rushes, 47 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • GB - Jack Clancy - 3 receptions, 63 yards, TD
  • SF – Bob Windsor – 3 receptions, 22 yards, TD

Week 8: at Chicago Bears[]

Week 8: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 7 14 13 37
Bears 13 0 3 0 16

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 40 yard field goal. 49ers 3-0.
  • CHI - Mack Percival 36 yard field goal. Tied 3-3.
  • CHI - Dick Gordon 25 yard pass from Jack Concannon, (Mack Percival kick), Bears 10-3
  • CHI - Mack Percival 37 yard field goal. Bears 13-3.

Second quarter

  • SF - Bill Tucker 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). Bears 13-10.

Third quarter

  • CHI - Mack Percival 19 yard field goal. Bears 16-10.
  • SF – Ken Willard 7 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-16.
  • SF – Gene Washington 79 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 24-16.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Gene Washington 10 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 31-16.
  • SF – Ken Willard 4 yard pass from Steve Spurrier, (kick failed), 49ers 37-16.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Ken Willard - 8 rushes, 29 yards
  • CHI – Ross Montgomery – 11 rushes, 42 yards

Top receivers

Week 9: at Houston Oilers[]

Week 9: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Oilers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 9 14 30
Oilers 7 3 3 7 20

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – Jimmy Thomas 54 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 7-0.
  • HOU - Roy Hopkins 4 yard rush, (Roy Gerela kick). Tied 7-7.

Second quarter

  • HOU - Roy Gerela 26 yard field goal. Oilers 10-7.

Third quarter

  • SF - Al Randolph safety, blocked punt in end zone. Oilers 10-9.
  • SF – Dick Witcher 9 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 16-10.
  • HOU - Roy Gerela 26 yard field goal. 49ers 16-13.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Ken Willard 3 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 23-16.
  • SF – Gene Washington 15 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 30-13.
  • HOU - Roy Hopkins 1 yard rush, (Roy Gerela kick). 49ers 30-20.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Doug Cunningham - 18 rushes, 92 yards
  • HOU – Roy Hopkins – 16 rushes, 78 yards, 2 TDs

Top receivers

  • SF - Gene Washington - 4 receptions, 62 yards, TD
  • HOU – Mike Richardson – 6 receptions, 74 yards

Week 10: at Detroit Lions[]

Week 10: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 7 0 7
Lions 7 7 7 7 28

at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • DET - Mel Farr 2 yard rush, (Errol Mann kick). Det 7-0.

Second quarter

  • DET – Charlie Sanders 19 yard pass from Greg Landry, (Errol Mann kick), Lions 14-0.

Third quarter

  • DET – Larry Walton 23 yard pass from Greg Landry, (Errol Mann kick), Lions 21-0.
  • SF – Doug Cunningham 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), Lions 21-7.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Earl McCullouch 18 yard pass from Greg Landry, (Errol Mann kick), Lions 28-7.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Ken Willard - 13 rushes, 49 yards
  • DET – Mel Farr – 16 rushes, 117 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • SF - Bob Windsor - 4 receptions, 38 yards
  • DET – Larry Walton – 3 receptions, 38 yards, TD

Week 11: vs. Los Angeles Rams[]

Week 11: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 6 10 14 30
49ers 3 10 0 0 13

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 44 yard field goal. 49ers 6-0.
  • LA - David Ray 36 yard field goal. 49ers 6-3.
  • LA - David Ray 9 yard field goal. Tied 6-6.
  • SF – Gene Washington 9 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 13-6.

Third quarter

  • LA – Willie Ellison 1 yard rush, (David Ray kick). Tied 13-13.
  • LA - David Ray 24 yard field goal. Rams 16-13.

Fourth quarter

  • LA - Willie Ellison 2 yard rush, (David Ray kick). Rams 23-13.
  • LA - Willie Ellison 8 yard rush, (David Ray kick). Rams 30-13.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • LA - Willie Ellison - 9 rushes, 51 yards, 3 TDs
  • SF – Doug Cunningham – 9 rushes, 60 yards

Top receivers

  • LA - Bill Truax - 3 receptions, 30 yards
  • SF – Gene Washington – 3 receptions, 53 yards, TD

Week 12: vs. Atlanta Falcons[]

Week 12: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 13 0 7 0 20
49ers 0 7 7 10 24

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • ATL - Jim Mitchell 46 yard pass from Bob Berry, (kick failed). Falcons 6-0.
  • ATL - John Mallory 17 yard fumble return, (Ken Vinyard kick). Falcons 13-0.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • ATL - Jim Mitchell 12 yard pass from Bob Berry, (Ken Vinyard kick). Falcons 20-7.
  • SF - Ken Willard 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). Falcons 20-14.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Ken Willard 2 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 21-20.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 24 yard field goal. 49ers 24-20.

Top passers

  • ATL – Bob Berry – 8/18, 100 yards, 2 TDs
  • SF – John Brodie – 20/30, 268 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • ATL - Harmon Wages - 15 rushes, 68 yards
  • SF – Ken Willard – 12 rushes, 36 yards, 2 TDs

Top receivers

  • ATL - Jim Mitchell - 3 receptions, 71 yards, 2 TDs
  • SF – Gene Washington – 3 receptions, 115 yards, TD

Week 13: at New Orleans Saints[]

Week 13: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 14 7 38
Saints 14 7 0 6 27

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 42 yard field goal. Saints 14-10.
  • NO – Don McCall 1 yard rush, (Tom Dempsey kick), Saints 21-10.
  • SF - John Brodie 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett Kick), Saints 21-17

Third quarter

  • SF – Gene Washington 37 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 24-21.
  • SF – Gene Washington 26 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 31-21.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bruce Taylor 92 yard field goal attempt return, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 38-21.
  • NO - Dan Abramowicz 20 yard pass from Bill Kilmer, (kick failed). 49ers 38-27.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Ken Willard - 17 rushes, 60 yards
  • NO – Tom Barrington – 14 rushes, 56 yards

Top receivers

  • SF - Gene Washington - 5 receptions, 131 yards, 3 TDs
  • NO – Dan Abramowicz – 7 receptions, 140 yards, 2 TDs

Week 14: at Oakland Raiders[]

Week 14: San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 21 0 14 38
Raiders 7 0 0 0 7

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bill Tucker 28 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 31-7.
  • SF - Ken Willard 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick). 49ers 38-7.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF - Ken Willard - 27 rushes, 79 yards, TD
  • OAK – Hewritt Dixon – 11 rushes, 44 yards

Top receivers

  • SF - Gene Washington - 2 receptions, 65 yards, TD
  • OAK – Warren Wells – 4 receptions, 99 yards

Standings[]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 10 3 1 .769 352 267 W-3
Los Angeles Rams 9 4 1 .692 325 202 W-1
Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 .333 206 261 L-1
New Orleans Saints 2 11 1 .154 172 347 L-6

Roster[]

1970 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 42 Doug Cunningham
  • 24 Jimmy Thomas
  • 45 Bill Tucker
  • 40 Ken Willard FB

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 79 Cas Banaszek T
  • 65 Randy Beisler G
  • 75 Forrest Blue C
  • 66 Elmer Collett G
  • 69 Woody Peoples G
  • 76 Len Rohde T

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice/Taxi Squad



Rookies in italics

Playoffs[]

Game Date Opponent Result Att. Location
Divisional
Playoff
December 27 at Minnesota W 17-14 45,103 Metropolitan
Stadium
NFC
Championship
January 3 Dallas L 10-17 59,364 Kezar Stadium

Divisional Playoff - December 27[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 7 17
Vikings 7 0 0 7 14



First Quarter
Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter



NFC Championship - January 3[]

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



First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Dal - Mike Clark 21 yard field goal
Third Quarter
  • Dal - Duane Thomas 13 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
  • Dal - Walt Garrison 5 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
  • SF - Dick Witcher 26 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)

Awards and records[]

Milestones[]

References[]

  1. 1970 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.
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