1976 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Monte Clark
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 8–6
Place 2nd NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1975 1977

The 1976 San Francisco 49ers season was their 27th in the National Football League, and 31st overall. They began the season with the goal of improving on their previous output of 5-9. There were able to do so, starting the season 6-1; however, after a four game losing streak, they finished 8-6[1] and missed the playoffs.

On April 5, 1976, the 49ers traded for former Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. The 49ers gave the New England Patriots their first round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, the Houston Oilers first round pick in the 1976 Draft, the 49ers' first and second round picks in the 1977 NFL Draft, and quarterback Tom Owen.[2]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick # Player Position College
2 42 Randy Cross Center UCLA
2 57 Eddie Lewis Cornerback Kansas
4 100 Steve Rivera Wide Receiver California
5 140 Tony Leonard Cornerback Virginia Panthers
6 177 Scott Bull Quarterback Arkansas
8 223 John Ayers Tackle West Texas St
11 305 Paul Hofer Running Back Mississippi

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 1 at Seattle W 27-20 1-0 60,825 Kingdome
August 8 Denver W 17-7 2-0 40,052 Candlestick Park
August 15 Kansas City W 21-13 3-0 39,745 Candlestick Park
August 21 San Diego W 17-16 4-0 36,364 Aloha Stadium
August 29 Oakland L 14-9 4-1 52,704 Candlestick Park
September 4 at Los Angeles L 10-3 4-2 55,256 LA Coliseum

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 12 at Green Bay W 26-14 1-0 54,628 Lambeau Field
2 September 19 Chicago L 19-12 1-1 44,158 Candlestick Park
3 September 26 at Seattle W 37-21 2-1 59,108 Kingdome
4 October 3 New York Jets W 17-6 3-1 42,961 Candlestick Park
5 October 11 (Mon) at Los Angeles W 16-0 4-1 84,483 LA Coliseum
6 October 17 New Orleans W 33-3 5-1 43,160 Candlestick Park
7 October 23 (Sat) Atlanta W 15-0 6-1 50,240 Candlestick Park
8 October 31 at St. Louis L 23-20 6-2 50,365 Busch Memorial Stadium
9 November 7 Washington L 24-21 6-3 56,134 Candlestick Park
10 November 14 at Atlanta L 21-16 6-4 20,058 Atlanta Stadium
11 November 21 Los Angeles L 23-3 6-5 57,909 Candlestick Park
12 November 29 (Mon) Minnesota W 20-16 7-5 56,775 Candlestick Park
13 December 5 at San Diego L 13-7 7-6 33,539 San Diego Stadium
14 December 12 at New Orleans W 27-7 8-6 42,536 Louisiana Superdome

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 .750 351 190
San Francisco 49ers 8 6 0 .571 270 190
Atlanta Falcons 4 10 0 .286 172 312
New Orleans Saints 4 10 0 .286 253 346
Seattle Seahawks 2 12 0 .143 229 429

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1976 San Francisco 49ers
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 257
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 296
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