1957 San Francisco 49ers season

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1957 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Frankie Albert
Home field Kezar Stadium
Results
Record 8–4–0
Division place T-1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Lost to Detroit Lions in Conference Final
Uniform
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< 1956 1958 >

The 1957 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's eighth season in the NFL, and were coming off a 5–6–1 record in 1956, however, they ended the season with a 5 game unbeaten streak.

San Francisco would continue their late season success from the previous year, and would win 5 of their first 6 games and sit in 1st place in the Western Conference. The Niners would then lose 3 in a row on the road to drop to a 5–4–0 record; however, a 3-game winning streak to close out the season would see San Francisco finish with an 8–4–0 record, their best season since 1953. The 49ers finished tied with the Detroit Lions at the top of the Western Conference, which would set up a tie-breaking playoff game at Kezar Stadium, with the winner of the game to face the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship. The Lions would win a very close game by a 31–27 score and end the 49ers season and their quest for their first title. 49ers owner Anthony J. (Tony) Morabito died of a heart attack, during the second quarter of the October 27 game against the Chicago Bears at Kezar. The team was notified of his death at halftime, and with tears in their eyes, they went back out and won a come-from-behind victory.[1]

Y.A. Tittle had another strong season for the team, completing 63.1% of his passes for 2157 yards and 13 TD's. Tittle would also rush for 6 TD's. Billy Wilson would lead the club with 52 completions and 757 yards, along with a team high 6 TD's. Hugh McElhenny had a club best 478 rushing yards on 102 attempts.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
3 San Francisco 49ers John Brodie [2] Quarterback Stanford

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 September 29 Chicago Cardinals 20–10 San Francisco 49ers 0–1–0 35,743
2 October 6 Los Angeles Rams 23–20 San Francisco 49ers 1–1–0 59,637
3 October 13 San Francisco 49ers 21–17 Chicago Bears 2–1–0 45,310
4 October 20 San Francisco 49ers 24–14 Green Bay Packers 3–1–0 18,919
5 October 27 Chicago Bears 21–17 San Francisco 49ers 4–1–0 56,693
6 November 3 Detroit Lions 35–31 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 59,702
7 November 10 San Francisco 49ers 37–24 Los Angeles Rams 5–2–0 102,368
8 November 17 San Francisco 49ers 31–10 Detroit Lions 5–3–0 56,915
9 November 24 San Francisco 49ers 27–21 Baltimore Colts 5–4–0 50,073
10 December 1 San Francisco 49ers 27–17 New York Giants 6–4–0 54,121
11 December 8 Baltimore Colts 17–13 San Francisco 49ers 7–4–0 59,950
12 December 15 Green Bay Packers 27–20 San Francisco 49ers 8–4–0 59,100

Standings[edit]

Western Conference G W L T PCT PF PA
Detroit Lions 12 8 4 0 .667 251 231
San Francisco 49ers 12 8 4 0 .667 260 264
Baltimore Colts 12 7 5 0 .583 303 235
Los Angeles Rams 12 6 6 0 .500 307 278
Chicago Bears 12 5 7 0 .417 203 211
Green Bay Packers 12 3 9 0 .250 218 311

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Western Conference Playoff[edit]

Date Visitor Score Home Attendance
December 22 Detroit Lions 31–27 San Francisco 49ers 60,118

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenbaum, Art (November 4, 1957). "Tony Morabito, The Autocrat Of The San Francisco 49ers, Ran His Team With A Belligerent Disdain For Outsiders. But He Loved His Team, And Last Week He Died As He Would Have Wished—watching Them Take The Division Lead". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 398
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 299