2001 San Francisco 49ers season

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2001 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Steve Mariucci
Home field 3Com Park
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card (Green Bay 25-15)
Pro Bowlers 6
AP All-Pros Terrell Owens (1st team)
Ray Brown (2nd team)
Bryant Young (2nd team)
Uniform
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Timeline
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< 2000 2002 >

The 2001 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 55th season, and 51st in the National Football League.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2001 NFL Draft
Round # Pick Player Position College
1 7 Andre Carter Defensive End California
2 47 Jamie Winborn Linebacker Vanderbilt
3 80 Kevan Barlow Running Back Pittsburgh
6 169 Cedrick Wilson Wide Receiver Tennessee
6 179 Rashad Holman Defensive Back Louisville
6 191 Menson Holloway Defensive End Texas El-Paso
7 209 Alex Lincoln Linebacker Auburn
7 224 Eric Johnson Tight End Yale

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 Atlanta Falcons W 16–13 (OT) FOX 4:15et
65,989
2 September 23, 2001 St. Louis Rams L 26–30 FOX 4:15et
67,536
3 October 1, 2001 (Mon) at New York Jets W 19–17 ABC 9:00et
78,722
4 October 7, 2001 Carolina Panthers W 24–14 ESPN 8:30et
66,944
5 October 14, 2001 at Atlanta Falcons W 37–31 (OT) FOX 1:00et
46,727
6 Bye Week
7 October 28, 2001 at Chicago Bears L 31–37 (OT) FOX 1:00et
66,944
8 November 4, 2001 Detroit Lions W 21–13 FOX 4:15et
67,605
9 November 11, 2001 New Orleans Saints W 28–27 FOX 4:15et
68,063
10 November 18, 2001 at Carolina Panthers W 25–22 (OT) FOX 1:00et
72,665
11 November 25, 2001 at Indianapolis Colts W 40–21 FOX 1:00et
56,393
12 December 2, 2001 Buffalo Bills W 35–0 ESPN 8:30et
67,252
13 December 9, 2001 at St. Louis Rams L 14–27 FOX 1:00et
66,218
14 December 16, 2001 Miami Dolphins W 21–0 CBS 4:15et
68,223
15 December 22, 2001 (Sat) Philadelphia Eagles W 13–3 FOX 4:15et
68,124
16 December 30, 2001 at Dallas Cowboys L 21–27 FOX 1:00et
64,366
17 January 6, 2002 at New Orleans Saints W 38–0 FOX 1:00et
70,020

Game Summaries[edit]

  • Week One vs. Atlanta Falcons - Despite limiting the Falcons to 241 total yards the Niners had to rally from down 13-3 in the second half. J.J. Stokes caught a touchdown from Jeff Garcia early in the fourth and Jose Cortez' 20-yard field goal forced overtime, where he won it from 24 yards out. Rookie Michael Vick of the Falcons attempted four passes, none completed.
  • Week Two vs. St. Louis Rams - The Rams raced to a 12-0 lead (marred by a botched two-point conversion attempt) before giving up 16 unanswered points to the Niners (marred by a missed PAT) to end the first half. The Rams behind Kurt Warner then outscored Jeff Garcia's Niners 18-10 in the second half, winning by a 30-26 final as they held the Niners to 232 yards of offense.
  • Week Three at NY Jets - Three years after Garrison Hearst's 96-yard overtime touchdown, the 49ers faced the New York Jets again, this time grinding out a 19-17 win. Hearst had 83 yards as the Niners rushed for 233 yards vs. 82 for the Jets, 76 of them (and a touchdown) from Curtis Martin.
  • Week Four vs. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers had won four straight against the 49ers and eight of the two clubs' first thirteen meetings, but with rookie washout Chris Weinke the Panthers fell 24-14; the Niners picked off Weinke three times while Jeff Garcia had 212 passing yards and two touchdowns to Terrell Owens; five Niners backs also rushed for 150 yards.
  • Week Five at Atlanta Falcons - Terrell Owens erupted to nine catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 52-yard bomb in overtime, as the Niners battled from behind the entire game. Chris Chandler of the Falcons had two touchdowns, the last a 47-yarder to Brian Finneran with 2:22 to go in the fourth.
  • Week Six - BYE WEEK
  • Week Seven at Chicago Bears - The Niners had beaten the Bears five straight meetings entering this pre-Halloween encounter, but this game proved trick-or-treat for San Francisco after the Niners raced to a 28-9 lead in the third quarter. The Bears exploded to three touchdowns, two of them David Terrell catches from Shane Matthews that forced overtime tied 31-31. Six seconds into overtime Jeff Garcia's pass to Terrell Owens bounced out of his hands and was intercepted by Mike Brown, who ran back a 33-yard touchdown; it would be the first of consecutive overtime scores by Brown as the Bears won 37-31.
  • Week Eight vs. Detroit Lions - With Ed Hochuli as head referee, the Niners welcomed their former linebacker Matt Millen, now the ill-fated front office executive of the Lions, by beating his present team 21-13. Robert Bailey picked off Jeff Garcia and ran back a 74-yard touchdown, but after taking a 10-0 lead the Lions were crushed by three Garcia touchdowns, including two more to Terrell Owens, as three Detroit passers failed to surpass 90 total yards.
  • Week Ten @ Carolina Panthers - The Niners had to put up 417 yards of offense to erase a 22-14 Panthers lead and win 25-22. The Niners needed the final play of regulation to tie the game on a seven-yard Terrell Owens catch and Eric Johnson catch for the two-point conversion. In overtime the Niners needed eight plays before Jose Cortez finished the game off from 26 yards out.
  • Week Eleven at Indianapolis Colts - Despite trailing 21-20 and being outgained 340 yards of offense to 491 for the Colts, the 49ers crushed Indianapolis 40-21 by picking off Peyton Manning four times; Zack Bronson ran back one pick for a 48-yard touchdown. The Colts thus had lost for the third straight time and the frustration spilled into an infamous post-game press conference meltdown by Colts coach Jim E. Mora.
  • Week Twelve vs. Buffalo Bills - For the second time in the season Ed Hochuli was the head referee in a 49ers game at The Stick and the Niners made it an easy game for Hochuli by crushing the Bills 35-0. Hochuli flagged the Bills for seven penalties versus just one for the 49ers, who put up 409 yards of offense vs. 191 for Buffalo. Garrison Hearst rushed for 124 yards.
  • Week Thirteen at St. Louis Rams - In defeating the 49ers 27-14 Kurt Warner ended the Niners' quest for the division title with 294 yards and two touchdowns, outclassing Jeff Garcia's 146 yards with 26 incompletions; Ricky Proehl's 109 receiving yards nearly outgained the pass-catching yardage of the entire Niners receiving corps.
  • Week Fifteen vs. Philadelphia Eagles - The Niners played their last home game of the year by edging the Eagles 13-3. The two teams combined for just 536 yards of offense (with 109 yards of penalties to the Eagles) as Terrell Owens had the game's only touchdown, a 32-yard catch.
  • Week Seventeen @ New Orleans Saints - The 49ers crushed the Saints 38-0 as they intercepted Aaron Brooks four times, forced two fumbles, and Jeff Garcia threw four touchdowns, two of them 50-plus yarders to Terrell Owens. The Saints were held to 126 total yards of offense in their final game as an NFC West team.

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
(1) St. Louis Rams 14 2 0 .875 503 273
(5) San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 409 282
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 333 409
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 291 377
Carolina Panthers 1 15 0 .063 253 410

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card at Green Bay Packers[edit]

NFC Wild Card: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 0 8 15
Packers 6 0 9 10 25

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: January 13, 2002
  • Game time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Game weather: 26 degrees, relative humidity 77%, wind 10 mph, wind chill 17


Roster[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 143