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1983 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Bill Walsh
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Won Division Playoff 24-23 (Lions)
Lost NFC Championship 24-21 (Redskins)
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1982 1984

The 1983 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 34th year with the National Football League, and 38th overall. The team strongly improved from their disappointing previous season, compiling a 10-6 record, winning the NFC West and reaching the NFC Championship Game.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 49 Roger Craig Running Back Nebraska
3 59 Blanchard Montgomery Linebacker UCLA
4 90 Tom Holmoe Defensive back BYU
5 117 Riki Ellison Linebacker USC
7 175 Gary Moten Linebacker SMU
9 229 Mike Mularkey Tight end Florida
10 259 Jeff Merrill Nose tackle Nebraska
11 289 Jesse Sapolu Center Hawaii

Personnel[]

Staff[]

1983 San Francisco 49ers final staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.
  • Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • General Manager – John McVay
  • Director of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Quarterbacks/Receivers – Paul Hackett
  • Running Backs – Sherman Lewis
  • Offensive Line – Bobb McKittrick
  • Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends – Fred von Appen
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – George Seifert
  • Defensive Line – Bill McPherson
  • Linebackers – Norb Hecker
  • Defensive Backs – Ray Rhodes
  • Defensive Assistant – Tommy Hart

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Fred von Appen

Strength and Conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 6 at LA Raiders L 26-23 (OT) 0-1 41,337 LA Coliseum
August 14 New England W 17-15 1-1 50,043 Candlestick Park
August 20 at San Diego L 24-7 1-2 43,939 Jack Murphy Stadium
August 27 Seattle L 20-6 1-3 47,074 Candlestick Park

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Attendance
1 September 3 (Sat) Philadelphia L 22-17 0-1 55,775
2 September 8 (Thu) at Minnesota W 48-17 1-1 58,167
3 September 18 at St. Louis W 42-27 2-1 38,130
4 September 25 Atlanta W 24-20 3-1 57,814
5 October 2 at New England W 33-13 4-1 54,293
6 October 9 LA Rams L 10-7 4-2 59,119
7 October 16 at New Orleans W 32-13 5-2 68,134
8 October 23 at LA Rams W 45-35 6-2 66,070
9 October 30 NY Jets L 27-13 6-3 54,796
10 November 6 Miami L 20-17 6-4 57,832
11 November 13 New Orleans W 27-0 7-4 40,022
12 November 20 at Atlanta L 28-24 7-5 32,782
13 November 27 at Chicago L 13-3 7-6 40,483
14 December 4 Tampa Bay W 35-21 8-6 49,773
15 December 11 at Buffalo W 23-10 9-6 38,039
16 December 19 (Mon) Dallas W 42-17 10-6 59,957

Standings[]

NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 432 293
Los Angeles Rams 9 7 0 .563 361 344
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 319 337
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 370 389

Results[]

Week 1: vs Philadelphia[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 16 3 22
49ers 0 10 0 7 17



Saturday, September 3 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • Phi - Michael Haddix 1 yard rush (kick failed)
  • Phi - Tony Franklin 30 yard field goal
  • Phi - Hubie Oliver 17 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Tony Franklin kick)
Fourth Quarter

Week 2: at Minnesota[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 13 28 0 7 48
Vikings 7 3 7 0 17



Thursday, September 8 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • Min - Terry LeCount 30 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Benny Ricardo kick)
Fourth Quarter

Week 3: at St. Louis[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 14 21 0 42
Cardinals 7 3 10 7 27



Sunday, September 18 at Busch Memorial Stadium

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Stl - Randy Love 12 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)

Week 4: vs Atlanta[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 6 7 20
49ers 7 7 3 7 24



Sunday, September 25 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 5: at New England[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 13 3 33
Patriots 6 0 0 7 13



Sunday, October 2 at Sullivan Stadium

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • NE - Stanley Morgan 32 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith
  • SF - Ray Wersching 23 yard field goal

Week 6: vs Los Angeles Rams[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 10 0 10
49ers 0 0 0 7 7



Sunday, October 9 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

Third Quarter
  • LA - Eric Dickerson 15 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
  • LA - Chuck Nelson 41 yard field goal
Fourth Quarter

Week 7: at New Orleans[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 0 16 10 32
Saints 0 13 0 0 13



Sunday, October 16 at Louisiana Superdome

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 8: at Los Angeles Rams[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 3 28 45
Rams 0 21 7 7 35



Sunday, October 23 at Anaheim Stadium

Scoring

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 9: vs New York Jets[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 17 0 10 27
49ers 0 10 3 0 13



Sunday, October 30 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • NYJ - Pat Leahy 46 yard field goal
  • NYJ - Jerry Holmes 43 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)

Week 10: vs Miami[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 7 3 3 20
49ers 7 7 0 3 17



Sunday, November 6 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
  • Mia - Uwe von Schamann 35 yard field goal
Fourth Quarter
  • SF - Ray Wersching 36 yard field goal
  • Mia - Uwe von Schamann 23 yard field goal

Week 11: vs New Orleans[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 7 10 7 3 27



Sunday, November 13 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 12: at Atlanta[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 3 7 24
Falcons 0 14 0 14 28



Sunday, November 20 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 13: at Chicago[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 0 0 3
Bears 3 7 3 0 13



Sunday, November 27 at Soldier Field

Scoring

First Quarter
  • Chi - Bob Thomas 29 yard field goal
  • SF - Ray Wersching 24 yard field goal
Second Quarter
  • Chi - Dennis McKinnon 49 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Bob Thomas kick)
Third Quarter
  • Chi - Bob Thomas 23 yard field goal



Week 14: vs Tampa Bay[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 7 7 21
49ers 0 14 14 7 35



Sunday, December 4 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 15: at Buffalo[]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 3 14 3 23
Bills 0 10 0 0 10



Sunday, December 11 at Rich Stadium

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Week 16: vs Dallas[]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 0 7 17
49ers 21 0 7 14 42



Monday, December 19 at Candlestick Park

Scoring

First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Postseason[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Attendance
NFC Divisional December 31 (Sat) Detroit W 24-23 58,386
NFC Championship January 8 at Washington L 24-21 55,363

NFC Divisional Playoff[]

  • San Francisco 49ers 24, Detroit Lions 23
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 6 0 14 23
49ers 7 7 3 7 24



Saturday, December 31 at Candlestick Park

NFC Championship Game[]

  • Washington Redskins 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 21 21
Redskins 0 7 14 3 24



Sunday, January 8 at RFK Stadium

Awards and records[]

  • Ray Wersching, Franchise Record, Most Field Goals in One Game, 6 Field Goals (October 16, 1983)[1]

References[]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 142

External links[]

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