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1998 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
Home Field 3Com Park
Results
Record 12-4
Place 2nd NFC West
Playoff Finish Won Wild Card (Packers) 30-27
Lost Divisional Playoff (Falcons) 20-18
Uniform
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The 1998 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 53rd overall. The 49ers were heavily favored to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIII.

The season saw the return of Jerry Rice, who missed most of 1997 with a major knee injury.

After defeating the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs, thanks to young Terrell Owens's game-winning catch, referred to by fans as "The Catch II", San Francisco's season ended with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons the following week in the divisional round. The Falcons went on to defeat the 15–1 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC title game but lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

1998 would prove to be the final full season of Steve Young's career. In Week 3 of the following season, Young suffered a concussion from a vicious helmet-to-helmet sack by Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams which ultimately ended his 15-year NFL career. Also in the divisional-round game, 49ers running back Garrison Hearst broke his foot, keeping him out of football for the next two seasons. Hearst was the first NFL player to be on the cover of Madden NFL, and his injury marked the beginning of the Madden curse.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

Round # Pick # Player Position College
1 28 R.W. McQuarters Cornerback Oklahoma St
2 58 Jeremy Newberry Center California
3 89 Chris Ruhman Tackle Texas A&M
4 119 Lance Schulters Defensive Back Hofstra
5 151 Phil Ostrowski Guard Penn St
6 180 Fred Beasley Running Back Auburn
7 215 Ryan Thelwell Wide receiver Minnesota

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record
August 2 New England W 14-13 1-0
August 8 at San Diego L 27-21 1-1
August 15 Seattle at Vancouver BC W 24-21 2-1
August 23 Miami L 21-20 2-2
August 28 at Seattle L 21-20 2-3

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record
1 September 6 New York Jets W 36-30 (OT) 1-0
2 September 14 (Mon) at Washington W 45-10 2-0
3 Bye week
4 September 27 Atlanta W 31-20 3-0
5 October 4 at Buffalo L 26-21 3-1
6 October 11 at New Orleans W 31-0 4-1
7 October 18 Indianapolis W 34-31 5-1
8 October 25 at St. Louis W 28-10 6-1
9 November 1 at Green Bay L 36-22 6-2
10 November 8 Carolina W 25-23 7-2
11 November 15 at Atlanta L 31-19 7-3
12 November 22 New Orleans W 31-20 8-3
13 November 30 (Mon) New York Giants W 31-7 9-3
14 December 6 at Carolina W 31-28 (OT) 10-3
15 December 14 (Mon) Detroit W 35-13 11-3
16 December 20 at New England L 24-21 11-4
17 December 27 St. Louis W 38-19 12-4

Standings[]

Template:1998 NFC West standings

Roster[]

Playoffs[]

NFC Wild Card - January 3[]

San Francisco 49ers 30, Green Bay Packers 27

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 14 0 10 27
49ers 7 3 10 10 30


at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Scoring

1st Quarter
GB - Ryan Longwell 23 yard field goal
SF - Greg Clark 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Wade Richey kick)

2nd Quarter
GB - Antonio Freeman 2 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
SF - Wade Richey 34 yard field goal
GB - Dorsey Levens 2 yard rush (Ryan Longwell kick)

3rd Quarter
SF - Greg Clark 8 yard pass from Steve Young (Wade Richey kick)
SF - Wade Richey 48 yard field goal

4th Quarter
GB - Ryan Longwell 37 yard field goal
SF - Wade Richey 40 yard field goal
GB - Antonio Freeman 15 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
SF - Terrell Owens 25 yard pass from Steve Young (Wade Richey kick)

For the first time in the Brett Favre era, the 49ers pulled off a victory over the Packers. After a late Packers touchdown the Niners trailed 27-23 and a continuing issue during the game was dropped passes by receiver Terrell Owens. In the final ten seconds Steve Young dropped back well out of the Packers red zone, stumbled but stayed on his feet, then heaved the ball to the end zone where Owens caught it, landing in the endzone with four seconds left, and the Niners had pulled out one of the most dramatic wins in their history.

NFC Divisional Playoff - January 9[]

Atlanta Falcons 20, San Francisco 49ers 18

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 0 8 18
Falcons 7 7 3 3 20


at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Scoring

1st Quarter
ATL - Jamal Anderson 2 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)

2nd Quarter
ATL - Jamal Anderson 2 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
SF - Jerry Rice 17 yard pass from Steve Young (Wade Richey kick)
SF - Wade Richey 36 yard field goal

3rd Quarter
ATL - Morten Andersen 29 yard field goal

4th Quarter
ATL - Morten Andersen 32 yard field goal
SF - Steve Young 8 yard rush (Greg Clark pass from Ty Detmer)

Awards and records[]

  • Franchise Record, Most Rushing Yards in One Game, 328 Rushing Yards (vs. Detroit Lions on December 14, 1998) [1]
  • Led NFL, Total Yards, 6,800 Total Yards [2]
  • Garrison Hearst, Franchise Record, Most Rushing Yards in One Season, 1,570 Rushing Yards[3]
  • Steve Young, Franchise Record, Most Touchdown Passes in One Season, 36 Touchdown Passes[3]
  • Steve Young, Led NFL, Touchdown Passes, 36 Passes [4]

Milestones[]

References[]

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 248
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 456
  3. 3.0 3.1 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 142
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
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