San Francisco's first ever NFL game was at Kezar Stadium on September 17 against the New York Yanks, as the 49ers fell short, losing by a score of 21-17. They would start the season 0-5 before recording their first NFL victory in a close 28-27 victory over the Detroit Lions at home. The Niners would play better after the 0-5-0 start, going 3-4-0 in their remaining 7 games to finish the season 3-9-0, and fail to qualify for the playoffs.
Quarterback Frankie Albert would complete 50.7% of his passes, while throwing for 14 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Running back Joe Perry would rush for a team high 647 yards and 5 touchdowns, while wide receiver Alyn Beals caught 22 passes for 315 yards, and 3 touchdowns.