1990 San Francisco 49ers season

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1990 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach George Seifert
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 28–10
Lost NFC Championship (Giants) 15–13
Uniform
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Timeline
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< 1989 1991 >

The San Francisco 49ers entered the 1990 season heavily favoured to win their third consecutive Super Bowl. The season was highlighted by their defeat of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Throughout the season, the 49ers and the Giants were the two best teams in the NFL. The 49ers would face off against the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Between 1988 and 1990, the 49ers set a league record with 18 consecutive road victories. Jerry Rice had a career year by becoming the fourth receiver in the history of American football to have at least 100 receptions in one season.

The 49ers won their fifth consecutive NFC West Division Title. Dating back to 1989, the 49ers completed a fifteen game unbeaten streak in the regular season (5 victories in the last 5 games of 1989 and 10 victories in the first ten games of 1990). Following the 1990 season, the 49ers left team stalwarts Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott unprotected and let them go to the Los Angeles Raiders via Plan B free agency.

The 49ers were the closest team in NFL history to "three peat" in the Super Bowl, losing in the final seconds on a field goal by the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. The season ended on quite a haunting note, because Roger Craig fumbled with only a few minutes left while the 49ers were driving to score the game clinching touchdown, the ball was recovered by the Giants Lawrence Taylor and they began driving to kick the game winning field goal, they ended up winning 15-13. The words of Pat Summerall "There will be no three peat!" haunt 49ers fans to this day.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round # Pick # Player Position College
25 San Francisco 49ers Dexter Carter Running Back Florida State
48 San Francisco 49ers Dennis Brown Defensive End Washington
54 San Francisco 49ers Eric Davis Cornerback Jacksonville State
69 San Francisco 49ers Ronald Lewis Wide Receiver Florida State
93 San Francisco 49ers Dean Caliguire Center Pittsburgh
166 San Francisco 49ers Frank Pollack Tackle Northern Arizona
221 San Francisco 49ers Dwight Pickens Wide Receiver Fresno State
249 San Francisco 49ers Odell Haggins Defensive Tackle Florida State
277 San Francisco 49ers Martin Harrison Defensive End Washington
290 San Francisco 49ers Anthony Shelton Safety Tennessee State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1990 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • Vice President of Football Administration – John McVay
  • Administrator of Football Operations – Neal Dahlen
  • Administrator of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Administrator of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb
  • Executive Administrative Assistant – Dwight Clark

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster[edit]

1990 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, 4 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

  • October 14, 1990 – Joe Montana set a 49ers record by throwing for 476 yards in one game and throwing six touchdown passes.
  • October 14, 1990 – Jerry Rice set a 49ers record with 5 touchdown receptions and 30 points in one game.
  • November 4, 1990 – In a game versus the Green Bay Packers, Joe Montana threw for 411 yards and 3 touchdown passes.
  • December 3, 1990 – The 10–1 49ers played the 10–1 New York Giants on Monday Night Football. It was the second highest rated Monday Night game ever at the time. The game had a 42% share and a 26.9 rating.
  • December 9, 1990 – The 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. Mike Cofer kicked a 23-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 20–17 victory.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1990 (Mon) at New Orleans Saints W 13–12
68,629
2 September 16, 1990 Washington Redskins W 26–13
64,287
3 September 23, 1990 Atlanta Falcons W 19–13
62,858
4 BYE WEEK
5 October 7, 1990 at Houston Oilers W 24–21
59,931
6 October 14, 1990 at Atlanta Falcons W 45–35
57,921
7 October 21, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–7
64,301
8 October 28, 1990 Cleveland Browns W 20–17
63,672
9 November 4, 1990 at Green Bay Packers W 24–20
58,835
10 November 11, 1990 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–6
62,966
11 November 18, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–7
62,221
12 November 25, 1990 Los Angeles Rams L 17–28
62,633
13 December 3, 1990 (Mon) New York Giants W 7–3
66,092
14 December 9, 1990 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–17 (OT)
60,084
15 December 17, 1990 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 26–10
65,619
16 December 23, 1990 New Orleans Saints L 10–13
60,112
17 December 30, 1990 at Minnesota Vikings W 20–17
51,590

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 4–2 10–2 353 239 W1
(6) New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 274 275 W2
Los Angeles Rams 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 345 412 L4
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 348 365 W2

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Postseason[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 28, Washington Redskins 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 10 0 0 0 10
49ers 7 14 0 7 28

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

NFC Championship Game[edit]

New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 3 3 6 15
49ers 3 3 7 0 13

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Just like the regular season game between the two teams won by the 49ers 7–3 the championship game was mostly a defensive battle. San Francisco running back Roger Craig's fumble with 2:36 left in the game led to Giants kicker Matt Bahr's 42-yard game-winning field goal as time ran out. Bahr was New York's only scorer, as he made 5 out of 6 field goals. Despite not scoring a TD in eight quarters against the 49ers, the Giants moved on to the Super Bowl with their victory.

Awards and Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • Jerry Rice, First 100 reception season [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 380. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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