1951 San Francisco 49ers season

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1951 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7–4–1
Division place T-2nd NFL National
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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Timeline
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< 1950 1952 >

The 1951 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's second season in the NFL and sixth overall. The team was coming off a 3–9–0 record in 1950.

The 49ers would win their first ever NFL road game on October 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, after losing their first 7 in the league. The Niners would be in playoff contention all year long, finishing 7–4–1, just a half game out of first place in the National Conference. Their biggest win of the season was a 44–17 victory over their California rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

Frankie Albert and Y.A. Tittle would split time at quarterback, with Albert throwing for 1,116 yards, while Tittle would lead the club with 8 TD's and completing 55.3% of his passes. Joe Perry would once again lead the team in rushing with 677 yards and 3 TD's, and wide receiver Gordie Soltau would lead the club with 59 catches for 826 yards and 7 TD's.

NFL Draft[edit]

See also: 1951 NFL Draft

[1]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 30 Cleveland Browns 24–10 San Francisco 49ers 1–0–0 48,263
2 October 6 San Francisco 49ers 21–14 Philadelphia Eagles 1–1–0 23,827
3 October 14 San Francisco 49ers 28–24 Pittsburgh Steelers 2–1–0 27,124
4 October 21 San Francisco 49ers 13–7 Chicago Bears 2–2–0 42,296
5 October 28 Los Angeles Rams 44–17 San Francisco 49ers 3–2–0 49,538
6 November 4 San Francisco 49ers 23–16 Los Angeles Rams 3–3–0 54,346
7 November 11 New York Yanks 19–14 San Francisco 49ers 4–3–0 25,538
8 November 18 Chicago Cardinals 27–21 San Francisco 49ers 4–4–0 19,658
9 November 25 San Francisco 49ers 10–10 New York Yanks 4–4–1 10,184
10 December 2 San Francisco 49ers 20–10 Detroit Lions 5–4–1 46,467
11 December 9 Green Bay Packers 31–19 San Francisco 49ers 6–4–1 15,121
12 December 16 Detroit Lions 21–17 San Francisco 49ers 7–4–1 27,276

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week One: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 3 0 10
49ers 7 3 7 7 24

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – Gordie Soltau 42 yard field goal (SF 10–7)
Third quarter
  • SF – Joe Perry 6 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 17–7)
  • CLE – Lou Groza 40 yard field goal (SF 17–10)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Joe Perry 6 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 24–10)
Top passers
  • CLE –
  • SF –
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • CLE – Dub Jones 5 Rec, 143 Yds, 1 TD
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • CLE –
  • SF –

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 0 7 14
Eagles 7 0 7 7 21

at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter

No scoring

Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • PHI – Clyde Scott 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk, Bobby Walston kick (PHI 21–7)
  • SF – Verl Lillywhite 11 yard pass from Y. A. Tittle, Gordie Soltau kick (PHI 21–14)
Top passers
  • SF –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • PHI –

Week 3: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Three: San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 21 0 28
Steelers 0 10 0 14 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • PIT – Elbie Nickel 77 yard pass from Joe Geri, Joe Geri kick (TIE 7–7)
  • PIT – Joe Geri 16 yard field goal (PIT 10–7)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • PIT – Lynn Chandnois 8 yard pass from Ray Mathews, Joe Geri kick (SF 28–17)
  • PIT – Elbie Nickel 22 yard pass from Ray Mathews, Joe Geri kick (SF 28–24)
Top passers
  • SF –
  • PIT –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • PIT –
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • PIT –

Week 4: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 7 7
Bears 6 0 7 0 13

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter

No scoring

Third quarter
  • CHI – Johnny Lujack 1 yard run, Johnny Lujack kick (CHI 13–0)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • CHI –
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • CHI –

Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Five: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 7 0 17
49ers 10 28 0 6 44

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • LA – Dick Hoerner 12 yard run, Bob Waterfield kick (SF 38–17)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Gordie Soltau 48 yard pass from Y. A. Tittle, kick failed (SF 44–17)
Top passers
  • LA –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • LA –
  • SF –
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • LA –
  • SF –

Week 6: at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 6 3 16
Rams 10 3 0 10 23

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information
First quarter
  • LA – Bob Waterfield 39 yard field goal (LA 3–0)
  • LA – Bob Waterfield 1 yard run, Bob Waterfield kick (LA 10–0)
Second quarter
  • SF – Joe Perry 58 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (LA 10–7)
  • LA – Bob Waterfield 20 yard field goal (LA 13–7)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Gordie Soltau 11 yard field goal (SF 16–13)
  • LA – Elroy Hirsch 79 yard pass from Bob Waterfield, Bob Waterfield kick (LA 20–16)
  • LA – Bob Waterfield 39 yard field goal (LA 23–16)
Top passers
  • SF –
  • LA –
Top rushers
  • SF – Joe Perry 12 Car, 115 Yds, 1 TD
  • LA –
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • LA –

Week 7: vs. New York Yanks[edit]

Week Seven: New York Yanks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Yanks 0 14 0 0 14
49ers 7 0 3 9 19

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SF – Gordie Soltau 19 yard field goal (NYY 14–10)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYY –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • NYY –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • NYY –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • NYY –
  • SF –

Week 8: vs. Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week Eight: Chicago Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 17 3 0 27
49ers 7 0 7 7 21

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CHC – Elmer Angsman 80 yard pass from Charley Trippi, Cliff Patton kick (CHC 14–7)
  • CHC – Don Paul 4 yard run, Cliff Patton kick (CHC 21–7)
  • CHC – Cliff Patton 16 yard field goal (CHC 24–7)
Third quarter
  • SF – Frankie Albert 10 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (CHC 24–14)
  • CHC – Cliff Patton 24 yard field goal (CHC 27–14)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CHC –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • CHC –
  • SF –
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CHC –
  • SF –

Week 9: at New York Yanks[edit]

Week Nine: San Francisco 49ers at New York Yanks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 0 10
Yanks 0 0 0 10 10

at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York City, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • NYY –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • NYY –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • NYY –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • NYY –

Week 10: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 0 7 7 20
Lions 0 3 7 0 10

at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Joe Arenas 12 yard pass from Y. A. Tittle, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 20–10)
Top passers
  • SF –
  • DET –
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • DET –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • DET –

Week 11: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Eleven: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 10 6 0 19
49ers 3 7 7 14 31

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • GB – Fred Cone 37 yard field goal (GB 6–3)
  • SF – Joe Arenas 7 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 10–6)
  • GB – Ray Pelfrey 3 yard pass from Tobin Rote, Fred Cone kick (GB 13–10)
Third quarter
  • SF – Joe Arenas 1 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 17–13)
  • GB – Carl Elliott 11 yard pass from Tobin Rote, kick failed (GB 19–17)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • DET –
  • SF –

Week 12: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Twelve: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 7 7 0 17
49ers 0 14 0 7 21

at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • DET – Pat Harder 13 yard field goal (DET 3–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Y. A. Tittle 1 yard run, Gordie Soltau kick (SF 21–17)
Top passers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • DET –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • DET –
  • SF –

Standings[edit]

National Football Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 12 8 4 0 .667 392 261
Detroit Lions 12 7 4 1 .636 336 259
San Francisco 49ers 12 7 4 1 .636 255 205
Chicago Bears 12 7 5 0 .583 286 282
Green Bay Packers 12 3 9 0 .250 254 375
New York Yanks 12 1 9 2 .167 241 382

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Pro Bowl[edit]

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Jim Cason Defensive Back
Ray Collins Defensive Line
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide, The Herald Printing Company, New Washington, OH, p. 367
  2. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  3. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  4. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  5. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  6. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  7. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  8. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  9. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  10. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  11. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  12. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  13. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2008 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 269. 
  14. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 300