1989 San Francisco 49ers season

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1989 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach George Seifert
General manager John McVay
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 41–13
Won NFC Championship (Rams) 30–3
Won Super Bowl XXIV (Broncos) 55–10
Uniform
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Timeline
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< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 44th season in the National Football League. The 49ers franchise cemented their reputation as the best team of the decade. After going 14–2 in the regular season, the 49ers completed the season with the most dominant playoff run in NFL history, outscoring opponents 126–26 and winning their fourth Super Bowl victory.

In 2007, ESPN.com's Page 2 ranked the 1989 49ers as the greatest team in Super Bowl history.[1]

Quarterback Joe Montana had one of the greatest passing seasons in NFL history in 1989. Montana set a then-NFL record with a passer rating of 112.4,[2] with a completion percentage of 70.2%, and a 26/8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. In the playoffs, Montana was even more dominant, with a 78.3% completion percentage, 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 146.4 rating. Cold Hard Football Facts calls Montana's 1989 season "the one by which we must measure all other passing seasons."[3]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round # Pick # Player Position College
28 San Francisco 49ers Keith DeLong Inside Linebacker Tennessee

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1989 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • Vice President/General Manager – John McVay
  • Administrator of Football Operations – Neal Dahlen
  • Director of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster[edit]

1989 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

The 49ers offense was just as dominating as it was during the previous regular season. Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 3,512 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions, giving him what was then the highest quarterback rating in NFL history (112.4). Montana also rushed for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns, and earned both the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. Wide receiver Jerry Rice had another outstanding season, catching 82 passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Roger Craig was the team's leading rusher with 1,054 yards and 6 touchdowns, and he recorded 49 receptions for 473 yards and another touchdown.

But other stars on the 49ers offense began to emerge, enabling the team to spread the ball around. After being used primarily as a punt returner during his first 2 seasons, wide receiver John Taylor had a breakout season, catching 60 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also returning 36 punts for 417 yards. Tight End Brent Jones recorded 40 receptions for 500 yards. Fullback Tom Rathman had the best season of his career, rushing for 305 yards and catching 73 passes for 616 yards. Even Montana's backup, quarterback Steve Young had a great year, throwing for 1,001 yards and 8 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, while also rushing for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. With all of these weapons, San Francisco's offense led the league in total yards from scrimmage (6,268) and scoring (442 points). The 49ers Defense was ranked #3 in the NFL. Three starters from the Defense made the 1989 All-Pro Team: (Ronnie Lott, Don Griffin, and Michael Walter)

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance Time TV Network Radio
1 September 10, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts W 30–24 1-0
60,111
2 September 17, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–16 2-0
64,087
3 September 24, 1989 at Philadelphia Eagles W 38–28 3-0
66,042
4 October 1, 1989 Los Angeles Rams L 13–12 3-1
64,250
5 October 8, 1989 at New Orleans Saints [4] W 24–20 4-1
60,488
6 October 15, 1989 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–14 5-1
61,077
7 October 22, 1989 New England Patriots (at Stanford)[5] W 37–20 6-1
51,781
1:00 PM PDT NBC
8 October 29, 1989 at New York Jets W 23–10 7-1
62,805
9 November 6, 1989 (Mon) New Orleans Saints W 31–13 8-1
60,667
10 November 12, 1989 Atlanta Falcons W 45–3 9-1
59,914
11 November 19, 1989 Green Bay Packers L 21–17 9-2
62,219
12 November 27, 1989 (Mon) New York Giants W 34–24 10-2
63,461
13 December 3, 1989 at Atlanta Falcons W 23–10 11-2
43,128
14 December 11, 1989 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 30–27 12-2
67,959
15 December 17, 1989 Buffalo Bills W 23–10 13-2
60,927
16 December 24, 1989 Chicago Bears W 26–0 14-2
60,207

Season summary[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 28 38
Eagles 9 3 6 10 28

Joe Montana throws for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns

[6]

Week 7 vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Seven: New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 10 7 3 20
49ers 0 17 7 13 37
Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Patriots
49ers

Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 0 20 30
Rams 17 0 7 3 27

In what many 49ers fans consider one of the greatest regular season wins in team history, the 49ers come from a 27-10 4th quarter deficit to beat the Rams 30-27. The Rams had already beaten the 49ers earlier in the year and looked poised to do it again. but the 49ers with help from John Taylor's big game, took the lead late with a Roger Craig 1 yard touchdown. John Taylor had 11 catches for an astonishing 286 yards receiving, which included a touchdown catch of 92 yards, and another touchdown catch for 96 yards. Joe Montana was 30 for 42 and passed for 458 yards.

[7]

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 442 253 W5
(5) Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 426 344 W2
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 386 301 W3
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 279 437 L7

[8]

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 41, Minnesota Vikings 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 3 7 13
49ers 7 20 0 14 41

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

MIN- Rich Karlis 38-yard field goal MIN 3–0

SF- Jerry Rice 72-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) SF 7–3

2nd Quarter

SF- Brent Jones 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14–3

SF- John Taylor 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed)SF 20–3

SF- Jerry Rice 13-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 27–3

3rd Quarter

MIN- Rich Karlis 44-yard field goal SF 27–6

4th Quarter

SF- Ronnie Lott 58-yard interception return (Mike Cofer kick)SF 34–6

SF- Roger Craig 4-yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 41–6

MIN- Rick Fenney 3-yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)SF 41–13

NFC Championship[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 0 0 0 3
49ers 0 21 3 6 30

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

LA- Mike Lansford 23-yard field goal LA 3–0

2nd Quarter

SF- Brent Jones 20-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 7–3

SF- Roger Craig 1-yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)SF 14–3

SF- John Taylor 18-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick)SF 21–3

3rd Quarter

SF- Mike Cofer 28-yard field goal SF 24–3

4th Quarter

SF- Mike Cofer 36-yard field goal SF 27–3

SF- Mike Cofer 25-yard field goal SF 30–3

Super Bowl XXIV[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 13 14 14 14 55
Broncos 3 0 7 0 10

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Scoring summary

1st Quarter

  • SF – Jerry Rice 20-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 7–0 SF
  • DEN – David Treadwell 42 yard field Goal 7–3 SF
  • SF – Brent Jones 7-yard pass from Joe Montana (kick failed) 13–3 SF

2nd Quarter

  • SF – Tom Rathman 1-yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 20–3 SF
  • SF – Jerry Rice 38-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 27–3 SF

3rd Quarter

  • SF – Jerry Rice 28-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 34–3 SF
  • SF – John Taylor 35-yard pass from Joe Montana (Mike Cofer kick) 41–3 SF
  • DEN – John Elway 3-yard run (David Treadwell kick) 41–10 SF

4th Quarter

  • SF – Tom Rathman 3-yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 48–10 SF
  • SF – Roger Craig 1-yard run (Mike Cofer kick) 55–10 SF

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]