1952 San Francisco 49ers season

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1952 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 7–5–0
Division place 3rd National Football Conference
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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< 1951 1953 >

The 1952 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's third season in the NFL, seventh season overall, and were coming off a 7–4–1 record in 1951.

The 49ers would start off the season strong, winning each of their first 5 games by at least 2 touchdowns, and had visions of playing in their first ever NFL Championship game. However, the 49ers season would hit a roadblock, as the team would lose 5 of their final 7 games to finish the year at 7–5–0, and in 3rd place in the NFC.

Y.A. Tittle would emerge as the starting quarterback job, as he would have a completion rate of 51.0% along with 11 TD's and 1,407 yards. Frankie Albert also had some action, completing 55.0% of his passes, along with 8 TD's and 964 yards.

Joe Perry would rush for a team high 725 yards and 8 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny wouldn't be too far behind with 684 yards on only 98 attempts (7.0 yards/carry), along with 6 rushing TD's, while he caught 26 passes for 367 yards and earned another 3 TD's. Gordie Soltau would lead the club with 55 receptions for 774 yards, and 7 TD's.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

See also: 1952 NFL Draft

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 28 Detroit Lions 3–17 San Francisco 49ers 1–0–0 52,750
2 October 4 San Francisco 49ers 37–14 Dallas Texans 2–0–0 12,566
3 October 12 San Francisco 49ers 28–0 Detroit Lions 3–0–0 42,842
4 October 19 San Francisco 49ers 40–16 Chicago Bears 4–0–0 46,338
5 October 26 Dallas Texans 21–48 San Francisco 49ers 5–0–0 26,887
6 November 2 Chicago Bears 20–17 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 58,255
7 November 9 San Francisco 49ers 14–23 New York Giants 5–2–0 54,230
8 November 16 San Francisco 49ers 23–17 Washington Redskins 6–2–0 30,863
9 November 23 San Francisco 49ers 9–35 Los Angeles Rams 6–3–0 64,450
10 November 30 Los Angeles Rams 34–21 San Francisco 49ers 6–4–0 49,420
11 December 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 24–7 San Francisco 49ers 6–5–0 13,886
12 December 14 Green Bay Packers 14–24 San Francisco 49ers 7–5–0 17,579

Standings[edit]

NFL National Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 9 3 0 .750 7–3 344 192 W3
Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 .750 8–2 349 234 W8
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 6–3 285 221 W1
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 3–6 295 312 L3
Chicago Bears 5 7 0 .417 4–6 245 326 W1
Dallas Texans 1 11 0 .083 1–9 182 427 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Pro Bowl[edit]

San Francisco's players selected for the Pro Bowl:

Player Position
Hardy Brown Linebacker
Ed Henke Defensive Line
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 398