1956 San Francisco 49ers season

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1956 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Frankie Albert
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 5–6–1
Division place 3rd NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
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< 1955 1957 >

The 1956 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's seventh season in the NFL, and were coming off a 4–8–0 record, finishing in 5th place in the Western Conference. For the 1956 season the 49ers wore RED helmets, not silver helmets as illustrated here.

San Francisco would bring in a new head coach for the 2nd straight season, as Red Strader was replaced with former 49ers quarterback Frankie Albert, who played with the team from their AAFC days in 1946 until 1952.

The Niners would get off to a rough start, winning only 1 of their first 7 games to sit in last place in the Western Conference. San Francisco would go unbeaten in their final 5 games, and finish the year with a 5–6–1, and in 3rd place in the Conference.

Offensively, Y.A. Tittle threw for a team high 1641 yards and 7 TD's, and had 56.9% of his passes completed. Hugh McElhenny rushed for a team best 916 yards and 8 TD's, while Billy Wilson would catch a club high 60 receptions for 889 yards, along with 5 TD's. Bob St. Clair blocked ten Field Goal attempts. [1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
2 San Francisco 49ers Earl Morrall[2] Quarterback Michigan State

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 30 New York Giants 38–21 San Francisco 49ers 0–1–0 41,751
2 October 7 Los Angeles Rams 33–30 San Francisco 49ers 1–1–0 56,489
3 October 14 San Francisco 49ers 31–7 Chicago Bears 1–2–0 47,526
4 October 21 San Francisco 49ers 20–17 Detroit Lions 1–3–0 55,662
5 October 28 Chicago Bears 38–21 San Francisco 49ers 1–4–0 52,612
6 November 4 Detroit Lions 17–13 San Francisco 49ers 1–5–0 46,708
7 November 11 San Francisco 49ers 30–6 Los Angeles Rams 1–6–0 69,828
8 November 18 San Francisco 49ers 17–16 Green Bay Packers 2–6–0 17,986
9 November 25 San Francisco 49ers 10–10 Philadelphia Eagles 2–6–1 19,326
10 December 2 San Francisco 49ers 20–17 Baltimore Colts 3–6–1 37,227
11 December 8 Green Bay Packers 38–20 San Francisco 49ers 4–6–1 32,433
12 December 16 Baltimore Colts 30–17 San Francisco 49ers 5–6–1 43,791

Standings[edit]

Western Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 12 9 2 1 .792 363 246
Detroit Lions 12 9 3 0 .750 300 188
San Francisco 49ers 12 5 6 1 .458 233 284
Baltimore Colts 12 5 7 0 .417 270 322
Green Bay Packers 12 4 8 0 .333 264 342
Los Angeles Rams 12 4 8 0 .333 291 307

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.46, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 398