1953 San Francisco 49ers season

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1953 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 9–3–0
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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Timeline
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< 1952 1954 >

The 1953 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's fourth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 7–5–0 record in 1952.

The 49ers would play consistent football all season long, never losing consecutive games throughout the season en route to a franchise best 9–3–0 record. However, the 49ers would lose both games against the Detroit Lions, who finished the season 10–2–0 to win the Western Conference and earn a spot in the NFL Championship game.

Offensively, San Francisco was led by quarterback Y.A. Tittle, who threw for 2121 yards and 20 TD's while completing 57.5% of his passes. Running back Joe Perry had another great season, rushing for 1018 yards along with 10 TD's, while Hugh McElhenny rushed for 503 yards and 3 TD's, and caught 30 passes for 474 yards and 6 TD's. Wide receiver Billy Wilson would catch a team high 51 passes for 840 yards and 10 TD's.

Schedule[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 27 Philadelphia Eagles 31–21 San Francisco 49ers 1–0–0 25,000
2 October 4 Los Angeles Rams 31–30 San Francisco 49ers 2–0–0 41,446
3 October 11 San Francisco 49ers 24–21 Detroit Lions 2–1–0 56,080
4 October 18 San Francisco 49ers 35–28 Chicago Bears 3–1–0 36,909
5 October 25 Detroit Lions 14–10 San Francisco 49ers 3–2–0 52,300
6 November 1 Chicago Bears 24–14 San Francisco 49ers 4–2–0 26,308
7 November 8 San Francisco 49ers 31–27 Los Angeles Rams 5–2–0 85,856
8 November 15 San Francisco 49ers 23–21 Cleveland Browns 5–3–0 80,698
9 November 22 San Francisco 49ers 37–7 Green Bay Packers 6–3–0 16,378
10 November 29 San Francisco 49ers 38–21 Baltimore Colts 7–3–0 26,005
11 December 6 Green Bay Packers 48–14 San Francisco 49ers 8–3–0 31,337
12 December 13 Baltimore Colts 45–14 San Francisco 49ers 9–3–0 23,932

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 10 2 0 .833 8–2 271 205 W6
San Francisco 49ers 9 3 0 .750 8–2 372 237 W4
Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 .727 7–3 366 236 W2
Chicago Bears 3 8 1 .273 2–7–1 218 262 L2
Baltimore Colts 3 9 0 .250 2–8 182 350 L7
Green Bay Packers 2 9 1 .182 2–7–1 200 338 L5

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
Bill Johnson Offensive Line
Hugh McElhenny Running Back
Art Michalik Linebacker
Leo Nomellini Defensive Line
Joe Perry Running Back
Gordie Soltau Wide Receiver
Y.A. Tittle Quarterback

References[edit]