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1987 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Bill Walsh
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 13–2
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
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The 1987 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League. In the offseason, the 49ers acquired Steve Young in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The season ended with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Offseason[]

When the Buccaneers selected quarterback Vinny Testaverde first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft, Young was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on April 24, 1987. The Buccaneers received 2nd and 4th round draft picks in the trade, which they used to draft Miami linebacker Winston Moss, and Arizona State wide receiver Bruce Hill.

NFL Draft[]

  • Harris Barton was the first offensive lineman selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the 49ers since Forrest Blue was selected in 1968.[1]


1987 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 22 Harris Barton * Tackle North Carolina
1 25 Terrence Flagler Running back Clemson
2 37 Jeff Bregel Guard USC
5 134 Paul Jokisch Wide receiver Michigan
6 162 Bob White Linebacker Penn State
7 189 Steve DeLine Kicker Colorado State
8 217 David Grayson Linebacker Fresno State
9 245 Jonathan Shelley Defensive back Ole Miss
10 275 John Paye Quarterback Stanford
11 301 Calvin Nicholas Wide receiver Grambling State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Source:[2]

Personnel[]

Staff[]

1987 San Francisco 49ers final staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • Vice President/General Manager – John McVay
  • Administrator of Football Operations – Neal Dahlen
  • Director of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – George Seifert
  • Defensive Line – Fred von Appen
  • Linebackers – Bill McPherson
  • Defensive Backs – Ray Rhodes
  • Defensive Assistant – Tommy Hart

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Lynn Stiles

Strength and Conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster[]

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record
August 8 Kansas City at Canton OH W 20-7 1-0
August 15 at Los Angeles Raiders W 42-16 2-0
August 22 Dallas L 13-3 2-1
August 27 San Diego W 17-3 3-1
September 4 at Seattle L 34-10 3-2

Regular season[]

In 1987, Jerry Rice led the NFL with 22 Touchdown receptions. The runner-up was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in NFL history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.[3]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record
1 September 13 at Pittsburgh L 30-17 0-1
2 September 20 at Cincinnati W 27-26 1-1
3 September 27 Philadelphia canceled
4 October 5 (Mon) at New York Giants W 41-21 2-1
5 October 11 at Atlanta W 25-17 3-1
6 October 18 St. Louis W 34-28 4-1
7 October 25 at New Orleans W 24-22 5-1
8 November 1 at Los Angeles Rams W 31-10 6-1
9 November 8 Houston W 27-20 7-1
10 November 15 New Orleans L 26-24 7-2
11 November 22 at Tampa Bay W 24-10 8-2
12 November 29 Cleveland W 38-24 9-2
13 December 6 at Green Bay W 23-12 10-2
14 December 14 (Mon) Chicago W 41-0 11-2
15 December 20 Atlanta W 35-7 12-2
16 December 27 Los Angeles Rams W 48-0 13-2

Standings[]

Template:1987 NFC West standings

Postseason[]

NFC Divisional Playoff[]

Minnesota Vikings 36, San Francisco 49ers 24

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 17 10 6 36
49ers 3 0 14 7 24



January 9 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Awards and records[]

  • Jerry Rice, Franchise Record, Most Touchdowns in One Season, 23 Touchdowns[4]
  • Jerry Rice, Franchise Record, Most Points in One Season, 138 Points[4]
  • Jerry Rice, NFL Leader, 23 Touchdowns[5]
  • Jerry Rice, Bert Bell Award[6]

Milestones[]

References[]

  1. 1990 NFL Pro Set Harris Barton trading card, Card No. 284, Pro Set Properties
  2. 1987 San Francisco 49ers Draftees. Pro Football Reference.
  3. Numbelivable!, p.147, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  4. 4.0 4.1 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 142
  5. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 447
  6. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm

External links[]

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