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1980 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Bill Walsh
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 6–10
Place 3rd NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1980 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 31st in the National Football League, and 35th overall. This was both Bill Walsh's and Joe Montana's second season with the team. The 49ers looked to improve on their previous output of 2–14 (which they had earned in both of the two previous seasons). They failed to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, but they did improve to 6–10.[1]

On December 7, 1980, the 49ers staged one of the greatest come from behind victories in the history of the NFL's regular season. The 49ers rallied from 28 points down at halftime to defeat the winless New Orleans Saints by a score of 38–35.[2][3]

Personnel[]

Staff[]

1980 San Francisco 49ers final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Quarterbacks – Sam Wyche
  • Running Backs – Billie Matthews
  • Receivers – Milt Jackson
  • Tight Ends – Bruce Coslet
  • Offensive Line – Bobb McKittrick
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Chuck Studley
  • Defensive Line – Bill McPherson
  • Linebackers – Norb Hecker
  • Defensive Backs – George Seifert

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Milt Jackson

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Vermeil

Draft[]

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 13 Earl Cooper Running back Rice
1 20 Jim Stuckey Defensive end Clemson
2 39 Keena Turner Linebacker Purdue
3 65 Jim Miller Punter Mississippi
3 77 Craig Puki Linebacker Tennessee
4 84 Ricky Churchman Safety Texas
4 98 David Hodge Linebacker Houston
5 112 Ken Times Defensive tackle Southern
6 139 Herb Williams Cornerback Southern
8 210 Bobby Leopold Linebacker Notre Dame
9 237 Dan Hartwig Quarterback Cal Lutheran

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 9 at Oakland W 33-14 1-0 55,585 Candlestick Park
August 16 at San Diego W 17-14 2-0 48,836 San Diego Stadium
August 23 at Seattle L 10-7 2-1 37,563 Kingdome
August 30 Kansas City W 31-21 3-1 27,000 Arizona Stadium

Regular Season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 7 at New Orleans W 26-23 1-0 58,621 Louisiana Superdome
2 September 14 St. Louis W 24-21 (OT) 2-0 49,999 Candlestick Park
3 September 21 at NY Jets W 37-27 3-0 50,608 Shea Stadium
4 September 28 Atlanta L 20-17 3-1 56,518 Candlestick Park
5 October 5 at Los Angeles L 48-26 3-2 55,360 Anaheim Stadium
6 October 12 at Dallas L 59-14 3-3 63,399 Texas Stadium
7 October 19 Los Angeles L 31-17 3-4 55,360 Candlestick Park
8 October 26 Tampa Bay L 24-23 3-5 51,925 Candlestick Park
9 November 2 at Detroit L 17-13 3-6 78,845 Pontiac Silverdome
10 November 9 at Green Bay L 23-16 3-7 54,475 Milwaukee Cty. St.
11 November 16 at Miami L 17-13 3-8 45,135 Miami Orange Bowl
12 November 23 New York Giants W 12-0 4-8 38,574 Candlestick Park
13 November 30 New England W 21-17 5-8 45,254 Candlestick Park
14 December 7 New Orleans W 38-35 (OT) 6-8 37,949 Candlestick Park
15 December 14 at Atlanta L 35-10 6-9 55,767 Atlanta Stadium
16 December 21 Buffalo L 18-13 6-10 37,476 Candlestick Park

Standings[]

NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Atlanta Falcons 12 4 0 .750 405 272
Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 424 289
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 320 415
New Orleans Saints 1 15 0 .063 291 487

References[]

  1. 1980 San Francisco 49ers
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 260
  3. New Orleans Saints 35 at San Francisco 49ers 38
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