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1989 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach George Seifert
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Vikings) 41–13
Won NFC Championship (vs. Rams) 30–3
Won Super Bowl XXIV (vs. Broncos) 55–10
Uniform
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The San Francisco 49ers 1989 season was their 40th season in the National Football League, and 44th overall. After going 14–2 in the regular season, the 49ers completed the season with one the most dominant playoff runs of all time, outscoring opponents 126–26, earning their fourth Super Bowl victory and their second consecutive, where they bent over the Broncos, 55–10. They finished with the best record in the NFL for the first time since 1987. Their two losses were by a combined 5 points.

In 2007, ESPN.com's Page 2 ranked the 1989 49ers as the greatest team in Super Bowl history[1].

This was the season where the 49ers added the black trim on the SF logo on the helmets which lasted until the 1995 season.

Quarterback Joe Montana had one of the greatest statistical passing seasons in NFL history in 1989. Montana set a then-NFL record with a passer rating of 112.4, with a completion percentage of 70.2%, and a 26/8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. In the playoffs, Montana was even more dominant, with a 78.3% completion percentage, 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 146.4 rating. Cold Hard Football Facts calls Montana's 1989 season "the one by which we must measure all other passing seasons."

The 1989 49ers ranked #5 on the 100 greatest teams of all time presented by the NFL on its 100th anniversary.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

1989 San Francisco 49ers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 28 Keith DeLong LB Tennessee
2 56 Wesley Walls TE Mississippi
3 84 Keith Henderson RB Georgia
4 112 Michael Barber WR Marshall
5 122 Johnnie Jackson CB Houston from Los Angeles Raiders
6 167 Steve Hendrickson LB California
9 251 Rudy Harmon LB LSU
10 279 Andy Sinclair C Stanford
11 289 Jim Bell RB Boston College from Los Angeles Raiders
307 Norm McGee WR North Dakota
12 319 Antonio Goss LB North Carolina from Los Angeles Raiders

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Personnel[]

Staff[]

1989 San Francisco 49ers final staff
Front Office
  • Owner/President – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Executive 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

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Mike Holmgren
  • Running Backs – Al Lavan
  • Receivers – Sherman Lewis
  • Tight Ends – Lynn Stiles
  • Offensive Line – Bobb McKittrick
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Bill McPherson
  • Defensive Line – John Marshall
  • Linebackers – Bob Zeman
  • Defensive Backs – Ray Rhodes
  • Defensive Assistant – Tommy Hart

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and Conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster[]

1989 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 79 Harris Barton T
  • 69 Bruce Collie G
  • 62 Guy McIntyre G
  • 77 Bubba Paris T
  • 61 Jesse Sapolu C
  • 74 Steve Wallace T

Defensive linemen

  • 95 Michael Carter NT
  • 75 Kevin Fagan DE
  • 78 Pierce Holt DE
  • 67 Pete Kugler NT
  • 91 Larry Roberts DE
Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 31 Chet Brooks S
  • 29 Don Griffin CB
  • 49 Jeff Fuller S
  • 46 Tom Holmoe S
  • 42 Ronnie Lott S
  • 22 Tim McKyer CB
  • 26 Darryl Pollard CB
  • 21 Eric Wright CB

Special teams

  • 6 Mike Cofer K
  • 9 Barry Helton P
Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record
August 6 Los Angeles Rams at Tokyo L 16-13 0-1
August 12 at Los Angeles Raiders W 37-7 1-1
August 19 Denver W 35-17 2-1
August 23 San Diego W 17-14 3-1
September 1 at Seattle L 28-17 3-2

Regular season[]

The 49ers offense was just as dominating as it was during the previous regular season. Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 3,512 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions, giving him what was then the highest quarterback rating in NFL history (112.4). Montana also rushed for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns, and earned both the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. Wide receiver Jerry Rice had another outstanding season, catching 82 passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Roger Craig was the team's leading rusher with 1,054 yards and 6 touchdowns, and he recorded 49 receptions for 473 yards and another touchdown.

But other stars on the 49ers offense began to emerge, enabling the team to spread the ball around. After being used primarily as a punt returner during his first 2 seasons, wide receiver John Taylor had a breakout season, catching 60 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also returning 36 punts for 417 yards. Tight End Brent Jones recorded 40 receptions for 500 yards. Fullback Tom Rathman had the best season of his career, rushing for 305 yards and catching 73 passes for 616 yards. Even Montana's backup, quarterback Steve Young had a great year, throwing for 1,001 yards and 8 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, while also rushing for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. With all of these weapons, San Francisco's offense led the league in total yards from scrimmage (6,268) and scoring (442 points). The 49ers Defense was ranked #3 in the NFL. Three starters from the Defense made the 1989 All-Pro Team: (Ronnie Lott, Don Griffin, and Michael Walter)

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record
1 September 10 at Indianapolis W 30-24 1-0
2 September 17 at Tampa Bay W 20-16 2-0
3 September 24 at Philadelphia W 38-28 3-0
4 October 1 Los Angeles Rams L 13-12 3-1
5 October 8 at New Orleans W 24-20 4-1
6 October 15 at Dallas W 31-14 5-1
7 October 22 New England (at Stanford)[3] W 37-20 6-1
8 October 29 at New York Jets W 23-10 7-1
9 November 6 (Mon) New Orleans W 31-13 8-1
10 November 12 Atlanta W 45-3 9-1
11 November 19 Green Bay L 21-17 9-2
12 November 27 (Mon) New York Giants W 34-24 10-2
13 December 3 at Atlanta W 23-10 11-2
14 December 11 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 30-27 12-2
15 December 17 Buffalo W 23-10 13-2
16 December 24 Chicago W 26-0 14-2
  • September 24, 1989 - In a game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Joe Montana threw for 428 yards and 5 Touchdown passes.

Standings[]

NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 442 253
Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 426 344
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .562 386 301
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 279 437

Regular season results[]

Week 10: vs. Atlanta[]

Week 13: at Atlanta[]

Playoffs[]

NFC Divisional Playoff[]

San Francisco 49ers 41, Minnesota Vikings 13

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 3 7 13
49ers 7 20 0 14 41



  • date=January 6, 1990 (Sat)
  • stadium=Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • time=1:00 p.m. PST
  • TV=CBS
  • TVAnnouncers=Verne Lundquist and Terry Bradshaw
  • referee=Tom Dooley
  • attendance=64,585

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
MIN- Rich Karlis 38 yard field goal MIN 3-0
SF- Jerry Rice 72 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) SF 7-3

2nd Quarter
SF- Brent Jones 8 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14-3
SF- John Taylor 8 yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed)SF 20-3
SF- Jerry Rice 13 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 27-3

3rd Quarter
MIN- Rich Karlis 44 yard field goal SF 27-6

4th Quarter
SF- Ronnie Lott 58 yard interception return (Mike Cofer kick)SF 34-6
SF- Roger Craig 4 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 41-6
MIN- Rick Fenney 3 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)SF 41-13

NFC Championship[]

San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 0 0 0 3
49ers 0 21 3 6 30



Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
LA- Mike Lansford 23 yard field goal LA 3-0

2nd Quarter
SF- Brent Jones 20 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 7-3
SF- Roger Craig 1 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14-3
SF- John Taylor 18 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 21-3

3rd Quarter
SF- Mike Cofer 28 yard field goal SF 24-3

4th Quarter
SF- Mike Cofer 36 yard field goal SF 27-3
SF- Mike Cofer 25 yard field goal SF 30-3

Super Bowl XXIV[]

San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 13 14 14 14 55
Broncos 3 0 7 0 10



Scoring summary

1st Quarter

  • SF - Jerry Rice 20 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 7-0 SF
  • DEN - David Treadwell 42 yard field Goal 7-3 SF
  • SF - Brent Jones 7 yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed) 13-3 SF

2nd Quarter

  • SF - Tom Rathman 1 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 20-3 SF
  • SF - Jerry Rice 38 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 27-3 SF

3rd Quarter

  • SF - Jerry Rice 28 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 34-3 SF
  • SF - John Taylor 35 yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 41-3 SF
  • DEN - John Elway 3 yard run (David Treadwell kick) 41-10 SF

4th Quarter

  • SF - Tom Rathman 3 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 48-10 SF
  • SF - Roger Craig 1 yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 55-10 SF

Awards and records[]

  • Led NFC with 442 points scored
  • Led NFL, 27.6 points per game
  • Mike Cofer, Led NFL, 136 Points
  • Roger Craig, NFC Pro Bowl
  • Ronnie Lott, NFC Pro Bowl
  • Guy McIntyre, NFC Pro Bowl
  • Joe Montana, Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XXIV
  • Joe Montana, NFL Most Valuable Player Award
  • Joe Montana, PFWA NFL MVP
  • Joe Montana, NEA NFL MVP
  • Joe Montana, NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award
  • Joe Montana, Offense, UPI NFC Player of the Year
  • Joe Montana, Bert Bell Award[4]
  • Joe Montana, NFL Passing Leader
  • Joe Montana, NFC Pro Bowl
  • Joe Montana, Associated Press Athlete of the Year[5]
  • Jerry Rice, NFL Leader, Receiving Yards
  • Jerry Rice, NFL Leader, Receiving Touchdowns
  • Jerry Rice, NFC Pro Bowl
  • John Taylor, NFC Pro Bowl

References[]

External links[]

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