1979 San Francisco 49ers season

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1979 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coachBill Walsh
General managerBill Walsh
OwnerEdward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
Home fieldCandlestick Park
Results
Record2–14
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1979 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 30th year in the National Football League (NFL). The season is noted for being O. J. Simpson’s final year and Joe Montana’s first season, as well as the first year head coaching the 49ers for Bill Walsh.

The 1979 49ers are the only team in NFL history to lose 12 games in which they held a lead.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1979 San Francisco 49ers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 29 James Owens  Running back UCLA
3 82 Joe Montana *   Quarterback Notre Dame
5 111 Tom Seabron  Linebacker Michigan
5 119 Jerry Aldridge  Running back Angelo State
6 138 Ruben Vaughan  Defensive tackle Colorado
7 166 Phil Francis  Running back Stanford
9 221 Steve Hamilton  Defensive tackle Missouri
10 249 Dwight Clark *  Wide Receiver Clemson
10 252 Howard Ballage  Defensive back Colorado
11 276 Billy McBride  Defensive Back Tennessee St.
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1979 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Dennis Green

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Vermeil

Roster[edit]

1979 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–22
46,539
2 September 9, 1979 Dallas Cowboys L 21–13
56,728
3 September 16, 1979 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–24
44,303
4 September 23, 1979 New Orleans Saints L 30–21
39,727
5 September 30, 1979 at San Diego Chargers L 31–9
50,893
6 October 7, 1979 Seattle Seahawks L 35–24
44,592
7 October 14, 1979 at New York Giants L 32–16
70,352
8 October 21, 1979 Atlanta Falcons W 20–15
33,952
9 October 28, 1979 Chicago Bears L 28–27
42,773
10 November 4, 1979 at Oakland Raiders L 23–10
52,764
11 November 11, 1979 at New Orleans Saints L 31–20
65,551
12 November 18, 1979 Denver Broncos L 38–28
42,910
13 November 25, 1979 Los Angeles Rams L 26–20
49,282
14 December 2, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals L 13–10
41,593
15 December 9, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–7
44,506
16 December 16, 1979 at Atlanta Falcons L 31–21
37,211

Game summaries[edit]

Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
Falcons 0 906 15
• 49ers 7 076 20
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Candlestick Park
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 57°F; wind 7

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Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 323 309 L1
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 4–2 8–4 370 360 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 300 388 W1
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 308 416 L1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the NFL, in the regular season, team lost game, team had a lead at some point in the game, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
  2. ^ "1979 San Francisco 49ers Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Jun-20.

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