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1997 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 13-3
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Championship Game
Uniform
49ers 9697
Timeline
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1996 1998

The 1997 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 48th year with the National Football League. The franchise appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the fifth, and final time in the 1990’s.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 26 Jim Druckenmiller Quarterback Virginia Tech
2 55 Marc Edwards Fullback Notre Dame
3 77 Greg Clark Tight End Stanford

All other picks traded

PreseasonEdit

Date Opponent Result Score Record Attn.
August 2 at San Diego L 20-13 0-1 62,542
August 9 Seattle W 21-17 1-1 50,153
August 18 Jacksonville L 38-10 1-2 50,346
August 23 at Denver L 31-17 1-3 69,874

Regular seasonEdit

The 49ers opened the 1997 season with high hopes. With new coach Steve Mariucci and half back Garrison Hearst, the 49ers seemed to have shored up their one major weakness from the season before. Also, additions Kevin Gogan to the offensive line and Rod Woodson to the defense were clear improvements over last season's roster. However, in the first game of the season at Tampa Bay the greatest disaster the 49ers could have imagined occurred: both quarterback Steve Young and receiver Jerry Rice went down with injuries. Rice appeared to be out for the season with a serious knee injury and Young, with yet another concussion, had discussed and considered retirement.

However, Young eventually came back, as did Rice for one and a half quarters (before getting another unrelated injury to his knee), and the team, with the league's number one defense leading the way, pulled together and finished strongly at 13-3.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Attn.
1 August 31 at Tampa Bay L 13-6 0-1 62,554
2 September 7 at St. Louis W 15-12 1-1 64,630
3 September 14 New Orleans W 33-7 2-1 61,838
4 September 21 Atlanta W 34-17 3-1 60,404
5 September 29 (Mon) at Carolina W 34-21 4-1 70,972
6 Bye week
7 October 12 St. Louis W 30-10 5-1 63,825
8 October 19 at Atlanta W 35-28 6-1 53,378
9 October 26 at New Orleans W 23-0 7-1 60,443
10 November 2 Dallas W 17-10 8-1 68,657
11 November 10 (Mon) at Philadelphia W 24-12 9-1 67,133
12 November 16 Carolina W 27-19 10-1 61,500
13 November 23 San Diego W 17-10 11-1 61,195
14 November 30 at Kansas City L 44-9 11-2 77,535
15 December 7 Minnesota W 28-17 12-2 55,761
16 December 15 (Mon) Denver W 34-17 13-2 68,461
17 December 21 at Seattle L 38-9 13-3 66,253

StandingsEdit

NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 375 265
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 265 314
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 320 361
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 237 327
St. Louis Rams 5 11 0 .313 299 359

RosterEdit

PlayoffsEdit

Towards the end of the season things appeared to be going well for the 49er's postseason prospects. However, in the second to last game of the season Jerry Rice was injured again and deemed out for the playoffs. Similarly, the team's offensive heart for the season, running back Garrison Hearst, had a broken collar bone through the post season and didn't return to full health prior to the end of the season.

Despite not having either their leading receiver or their starting running back, the 49ers were able to make it to their 7th NFC championship in 10 years. However, not having an elite receiver or solid running back showed glaringly in their loss to the Packers in the conference championship (Hearst returned, but his injury was clearly still a problem as he only played a few ineffective snaps).

NFC Divisional Playoff - January 3Edit

San Francisco 49ers 38, Minnesota Vikings 22

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 7 8 22
49ers 7 14 10 7 38




at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

NFC Championship Game - January 11Edit

Green Bay Packers 23, San Francisco 49ers 10

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 10 0 10 23
49ers 0 3 0 7 10



at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Steve Young, Led NFL, Passer Rating, 104.7 Rating [1]

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450

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