2014 San Francisco 49ers season

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2014 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Jim Harbaugh
General manager Trent Baalke
Owner Jed York
Home field Levi's Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers SS Antoine Bethea
G Mike Iupati
T Joe Staley
Uniform
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The 2014 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 65th season in the National Football League, the 69th overall and the fourth under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. It also marked the 49ers' inaugural season playing their home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The 49ers were favorites to make another Super Bowl run at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, they failed to improve on their 12-4 record from 2013 as several factors resulted in the team falling apart. With their loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15, the 49ers were mathematically eliminated from the postseason, and did not qualify for the first time since 2010. After the season ended, Jim Harbaugh mutually agreed to end his contract with the 49ers.

Despite missing significant starters on the defensive side of the ball due to injuries for most of the season (including Pro-Bowlers Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis), the 49ers still finished with the NFL's fifth ranked defense in total yards while also leading the league in interceptions with 23, led by cornerback Perrish Cox, who had five. The offense, on the other hand, struggled mightily. The 49ers finished 30th in passing yards per game, 25th in the league averaging just 19.1 points per game while Colin Kaepernick was also sacked 52 times during the season, a team record. From Weeks 7–15, the 49ers averaged just 13.8 points per game, last in the league. During that same stretch, they hit the twenty point mark just once. They were also outscored by 81 points in the second half of games, and scored just two touchdowns in the fourth quarter all year. As a result, offensive coordinator Greg Roman was fired after the season ended.

Offseason[edit]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Tag 2014 Team Notes
WR Anquan Boldin UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed 2 year/$12 million deal
SS Donte Whitner UFA Cleveland Browns Signed 4 year/$28 million deal
CB Tarell Brown UFA Oakland Raiders Signed 2 year/$6 million deal
CB Perrish Cox RFA San Francisco 49ers
K Phil Dawson UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed 2 year/$6 million deal
RB Anthony Dixon UFA Buffalo Bills Signed 3 year/$3.5 million deal
DE Demarcus Dobbs RFA San Francisco 49ers Tendered one-year contract
C Jonathan Goodwin UFA New Orleans Saints Signed a 1 year deal
WR Mario Manningham UFA New York Giants Signed with the Giants March 18
QB Colt McCoy UFA Washington Redskins Signed with the Redskins April 3
FB Bruce Miller UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed 3 year extension
WR Kassim Osgood UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed one-year deal
LB Michael Wilhoite ERFA San Francisco 49ers Tendered one-year contract
CB Eric Wright UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed one-year deal

Signings[edit]

Position Player 2013 Team Notes
S Antoine Bethea Indianapolis Colts signed March 11
CB Chris Cook Minnesota Vikings signed March 14
QB Blaine Gabbert Jacksonville Jaguars traded March 11 for 6th round draft pick
OT Jonathan Martin Miami Dolphins traded March 11th for conditional draft pick
WR Brandon Lloyd Retired signed April 15
WR Steve Johnson Buffalo Bills traded May 9 for conditional draft pick
LB Blake Costanzo Chicago Bears Signed June 3

Departures[edit]

Position Player 2014 Team Notes
CB Carlos Rogers Oakland Raiders released March 10
CB Eric Wright retired June 17
RB LaMichael James released September 8[1]
RB Marcus Lattimore retired November 5[2]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2014 NFL Draft
San Francisco 49ers 2014 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 30 30 Jimmie Ward Safety 5'11" 193 NIU
2 24 56 Traded to the Denver Broncos[b] From Chiefs[a]
25 57 Carlos Hyde Running back 6'0" 230 Ohio State From Dolphins[c]
29 61 Traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars[d]
31 63 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[c] From Broncos[b]
3 6 70 Marcus Martin Center 6'3" 320 USC From Jaguars[d]
13 77 Chris Borland Linebacker 5'11" 248 Wisconsin From Titans[e]
30 94 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[f]
36 100 Brandon Thomas Offensive tackle 6'3" 317 lbs Clemson Compensatory pick
4 6 106 Bruce Ellington Wide receiver 5'9" 197 lbs South Carolina From Browns[f]
29 129 Dontae Johnson Cornerback 6'2" 195 lbs NC State
5 10 150 Aaron Lynch Outside Linebacker 6'5" 250 lbs South Florida From Jaguars[d]
30 170 Keith Reaser Cornerback 6'0" 180 lbs Florida Atlantic
31 171 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[c] From Broncos[b]
6 4 180 Kenneth Acker Cornerback 6'0" 185 lbs SMU From Browns[f]
29 205 Traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars[g]
7 27 242 Traded to the Denver Broncos[b] From Saints[h]
28 243 Kaleb Ramsey Defensive tackle 6'1" 300 lbs Boston College From Panthers[i]
30 245 Trey Millard Fullback 5'10" 239 lbs Oklahoma
Notes
^[a] The 49ers acquired an additional second-round selection (No. 56 overall) as part of a trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs originally sent a third-round selection to the 49ers, however, the selection was upgraded to a second-rounder after a condition was met in which the Chiefs won a minimum of eight games during the 2013 season.
^[b] The Broncos traded their second- and fifth-round selections in 2014 (Nos. 63 and 171 overall, respectively) as well a fifth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft to the 49ers in exchange for a second- and seventh-round selection (Nos. 56 and 242 overall).
^[c] The 49ers traded the second- and fifth-round selections they acquired from Denver[b] to Miami in exchange for Miami's second-round selection (No. 57 overall)
^[d] Jacksonville traded their third- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 70 and 150 overall) to the 49ers in exchange for the 49ers second-round selection (No. 61 overall).
^[e] The 49ers acquired an additional third-round selection (No. 77 overall) as part of a trade that sent their 2013 third-round selection to the Tennessee Titans.
^[f] Cleveland traded their fourth- and sixth-round selections (Nos. 106 and 180 overall) to the 49ers in exchange for the 49ers third-round selection (No. 95 overall).
^[g] The 49ers traded their sixth-round selection (No. 205 overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
^[h] The 49ers acquired an additional seventh-round selection as (No. 242 overall) part of a trade that sent linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints.
^[i] The 49ers acquired an additional seventh-round selection (No. 243 overall) as part of a trade that sent safety Colin Jones to the Carolina Panthers.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player College Notes
QB Kory Faulkner SIU waived July 29
LB Shayne Skov Stanford waived August 30
TE Asante Cleveland Miami waived August 30
LB Morgan Breslin USC waived May 27
S LJ McCray Catawba College made the 53-man roster
OT Fou Fonoti Michigan State waived July 29
C Dillon Farrell New Mexico made the 53-man roster
RB Glenn Winston Michigan State waived August 30
OT Michael Phillipp Oregon State waived August 30
TE Kevin Greene USC waived August 25

Staff[edit]

2014 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2014 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
53 Active, 23 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 7 at Baltimore Ravens L 3–23 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Denver Broncos L 0–34 0–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 August 24 San Diego Chargers W 21–7 1–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at Houston Texans W 40–13 2–2 NRG Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at Dallas Cowboys W 28–17 1–0 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 14 Chicago Bears L 20–28 1–1 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 September 21 at Arizona Cardinals L 14–23 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 28 Philadelphia Eagles W 26–21 2–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
5 October 5 Kansas City Chiefs W 22–17 3–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
6 October 13 at St. Louis Rams W 31–17 4–2 Edward Jones Dome Recap
7 October 19 at Denver Broncos L 17–42 4–3 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
8 Bye
9 November 2 St. Louis Rams L 10–13 4–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 9 at New Orleans Saints W 27–24 (OT) 5–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 16 at New York Giants W 16–10 6–4 Metlife Stadium Recap
12 November 23 Washington Redskins W 17–13 7–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
13 November 27 Seattle Seahawks L 3–19 7–5 Levi's Stadium Recap
14 December 7 at Oakland Raiders L 13–24 7–6 O.co Coliseum Recap
15 December 14 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–17 7–7 CenturyLink Field Recap
16 December 20 San Diego Chargers L 35–38 (OT) 7–8 Levi's Stadium Recap
17 December 28 Arizona Cardinals W 20–17 8–8 Levi's Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 21 7 0 0 28
Cowboys 3 0 7 7 17

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – Carlos Hyde 4-yard run, Phil Dawson kick, 00:43 (SF 28–3)
Third quarter
  • DAL – DeMarco Murray 2-yard run, Dan Bailey kick, 00:33 (SF 28–10)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The 49ers would score touchdowns on each of three Cowboys turnovers, all before halftime. Even though the Cowboys held a significant edge in 1st quarter time of possession (13:26 to 1:34), the 49ers had a 21-3 lead due to the turnovers. With the 49ers up 28-3, the Cowboys would find themselves with their largest halftime deficit in a home opener ever. Although the 49ers would not score again in the second half, they would only hold the Cowboys to 14 more points, and win the game.

Week 2: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Two: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 21 28
49ers 10 7 3 0 20

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SF – Phil Dawson 24 yard field goal, 5:56 (SF 20–7)
Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Brandon Marshall 5 yard pass from Jay Cutler, Robbie Gould kick, 13:35 (SF 20–14)
  • CHI – Martellus Bennett 3 yard pass from Jay Cutler, Robbie Gould kick, 13:14 (CHI 21–20)
  • CHI – Brandon Marshall 3 yard pass from Jay Cutler, Robbie Gould kick, 6:55 (CHI 28–20)
Top passers
Top rushers
  • CHI – Jay Cutler, 5 Car, 25 Yds
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick, 9 Car, 66 Yds
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In a pattern similar to the Dallas game of week one, the Niners jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, only to fall victim to a hailstorm of penalties, turnovers and a strong Bears comeback, 28-20. A blocked punt led to a Niner touchdown in the third minute of the game, but a seven minute drive later in the quarter stalled in the red zone and only yielded a field goal. After a short punt in the second quarter, the Niners scored a second touchdown, but Chicago answered with their first touchdown just before halftime. To start the third quarter, the Niners held the ball for more than nine minutes. But they once again failed in the red zone, and settled for another field goal. The Bears scored three touchdowns in the second half to emerge with the win. The Niners were called on 16 penalties for 118 yards, losing one touchdown run, and keeping Bears' drives alive on multiple occasions. Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions, lost a fumble, and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after an interception. The Niners outgained Chicago 361-216, and held the Bears to only 46 rushing yards, but the overwhelming weight of the turnovers and penalties negated any other advantage. The Bears scored touchdowns the last four times they had the ball. This was also the first time since 1985 that the bears won a game at the 49ers. Ending the Bears 8 game losing streak at the 49ers, where the bears were outscored in those 8 loses by a score of 271 to 49

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Three: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 0 0 14
Cardinals 3 3 14 3 23

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 32 yard field goal, 13:42 (SF 7–6)
  • SF – Carlos Hyde 6 yard run, Phil Dawson kick, 5:07 (SF 14–6)
Third quarter
  • ARI – John Brown 24 yard pass from Drew Stanton, Chandler Catanzaro kick, 9:20 (SF 14–13)
  • ARI – John Brown 21 yard pass from Drew Stanton, Chandler Catanzaro kick, 4:39 (ARI 20–14)
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 35 yard field goal, 0:29 (ARI 23–14)
Top passers
Top rushers
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick, 12 Car, 54 Yds
  • ARI – Andre Ellington, 18 Car, 62 Yds
Top receivers
Top tacklers

For the third straight game, the Niners jumped out to an early lead, only to be shut out for the remainder of the game. And for the second straight game, mistakes and penalties allowed their opponent to take the victory. The Niners had pulled out to a 14-6 lead with 5:07 remaining in the second quarter, but saw the Cardinals score 17 unanswered points for a 23-14 victory. The Niners failed to score the last six times they had the ball, and racked up nine penalties for 107 yards, most in the second half.

Week 4: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Four: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 14 0 0 21
49ers 3 10 10 3 26

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SF – Stevie Johnson 12 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, Phil Dawson kick, 8:06 (PHI 21–20)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 46 yard field goal, 3:33 (SF 23–21)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Phil Dawson 31 yard field goal, 6:35 (SF 26–21)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Niners broke the pattern of their first three games, and mounted a second half comeback to beat the Eagles (the 49ers trailed 21-10 in the second quarter). Philadelphia exploited Niner mistakes to score first half touchdowns on a blocked punt recovery, an interception return and a punt return. But the defense never allowed a point by the Eagles offense, who had led the league in scoring through the first 3 weeks of the season, and on the strength of two Colin Kaepernick touchdown passes and four Phil Dawson field goals, they took a late 26-21 lead. Late in the game the Eagles moved to the Niner one yard line, but they turned the ball over on downs, and the Niners held on for the win. The Niners outgained the Eagles 407-213, and held the ball for 42:17.

Week 5: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Five: Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 3 7 0 17
49ers 3 10 3 6 22

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • KC – Cairo Santos 42 yard field goal, 12:18 (KC 10–3)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 55 yard field goal, 9:44 (KC 10–6)
  • SF – Stevie Johnson 9 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, Phil Dawson kick, 0:31 (SF 13–10)
Third quarter
  • KC – De'Anthony Thomas 17 yard pass from Alex Smith, Cairo Santos kick, 11:56 (KC 17–13)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 52 yard field goal, 6:15 (KC 17–16)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Phil Dawson 27 yard field goal, 8:42 (SF 19–17)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 30 yard field goal, 2:12 (SF 22–17)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In a game that saw the return of Alex Smith to the Bay Area, the Niners prevailed in a see-saw game, 22-17, on the strength of five Phil Dawson field goals. Kansas City took an early lead on a Smith to Travis Kelce touchdown pass, but Colin Kaepernick hit Stevie Johnson with a TD pass just before halftime for a 13-10 lead. Smith struck again in the third quarter with a 17 yard scoring pass to De'Anthony Thomas, but Dawson hit three more field goals to give the Niners the win. The Niners outgained the Chiefs 357-264, and had a 36:04-23:56 time of possession advantage, but they only scored one touchdown in four trips into the red zone, continuing their season-long problem in that area.

Week 6: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 14 7 31
Rams 14 0 0 3 17

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SF – Anquan Boldin 11 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, Phil Dawson kick, 9:58 (SF 17–14)
  • SF – Michael Crabtree 32 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, Phil Dawson kick, 0:13 (SF 24–14)
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Greg Zuerlein 38 yard field goal, 2:24 (SF 24–17)
  • SF – Dontae Johnson 20 yard interception return, Phil Dawson kick, 0:53 (SF 31–17)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After trailing 14-0 in the 1st quarter to the Rams, the 49ers completely turned the game around, outscoring the Rams 31-3 and won by a score of 31-17. With :24 left in the first half, the 49ers down 14-3 and getting outplayed on both sides of the ball, Colin Kaepernick hits Brandon Lloyd for an 80 yard touchdown pass that would eventually turn the game around and give the 49ers the momentum. Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns and Anquan Boldin had 7 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers defense recorded 5 sacks, matching their season total. It's the first time since 1986 that the 49ers have trailed by double digits and end up winning by double digits (last time was October 26, 1986 vs Green Bay). This is also the second time this season the 49ers erased a double digit deficit and won. (Week 4 vs. Eagles)

Week 7: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Seven: San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 0 7 17
Broncos 14 7 21 0 42

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. MDT/5:30 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), mostly clear
  • Game attendance: 77,047
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • DEN - Demaryius Thomas 40 yard pass from Peyton Manning, Brandon McManus kick, 11:48 (DEN 28-10)
  • DEN - Ronnie Hillman 37 yard run, Brandon McManus kick, 9:24 (DEN 35-10)
  • DEN - Ronnie Hillman 1 yard run, Brandon McManus kick, 1:36 (DEN 42-10)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Behind Peyton Manning's four touchdown passes, the Broncos scored early and often, and administered a sound thrashing to the Niners, 42-17. After a Colin Kaepernick to Stevie Johnson touchdown pass had closed the halftime margin to 21-10, Denver exploded for three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away early. Manning was 22 of 26 for 318 yards and four touchdowns, with an almost-perfect quarterback rating of 157.2, as this was one of the worst displays of pass defense by the Niners in history. The Bronco defense held the Niners to 62 yards rushing and totally overwhelmed the offensive line.

Week 9: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Nine: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 0 3 13
49ers 3 7 0 0 10

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Greg Zuerlein 39 yard field goal, 2:12 (STL 13–10)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Colin Kaepernick fumbled away a quarterback sneak at the Rams 1 yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, and the Rams held on to upset the Niners, 13-10. The game was a defensive struggle, with both touchdowns scored on drives of less than 40 yards. The 49ers offense continued to struggle, not registering a single point in the 2nd half.

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
49ers 14 7 0 3 3 27
Saints 3 7 7 7 0 24

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,129
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Preview, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NO – Jimmy Graham 11 yard pass from Drew Brees, Shayne Graham kick, 2:49 (SF 21–17)
Fourth quarter
  • NO – Jimmy Graham 11 yard pass from Drew Brees, Shayne Graham kick, 1:52 (NO 24–21)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 45 yard field goal, 0:44 (T 24–24)
Overtime
  • SF – Phil Dawson 35 yard field goal, 5:14 (SF 27–24)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the season on the line, the 49ers got off to a quick start, leading 14-0 in the first quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns by Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde. The Saints would rebound in the 2nd half to take a 24-21 lead. With 1:34 to go, and the 49ers facing a 4th and 10 from their own 22 yard line, Colin Kaepernick found a wide open Michael Crabtree for a 51 yard gain, that set up the game tying field goal. In overtime, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees, causing a fumble and recovered by the 49ers Chris Borland on the Saints' 17. On the very next play, Phil Dawson kicked the game winning field goal, giving the Niners a 27-24 win. This is the Saints first home loss in 12 games, and the first home loss under Sean Payton in 20 games (Payton was suspended for all of 2012 season).

Week 11: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 6 7 0 16
Giants 7 0 3 0 10

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 80,352
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF - Phil Dawson 37 yard field goal, 10:15 (NYG 7-6)
  • SF - Phil Dawson 44 yard field goal, 7:29 (SF 9-7)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

no scoring

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the 49ers offense continuing to struggle in the game, the defense more than made up for it. The 49ers defense intercepted Giants QB Eli Manning 5 times and sacked him twice. In the 4th quarter, with the 49ers holding a 16-10 lead, the Giants marched down the field to the 49ers 4 yard line with 5:25 left to play. The 49ers defense forced 3 incomplete passes and rookie linebacker Chris Borland intercepted Eli Manning's throw on 4th and goal to preserve the win. This is the second time this season the 49ers defense had a goal line stand late in a game (Week 4 vs Eagles). Colin Kaepernick went 15/29 for 193 yards and a touchdown pass. Frank Gore had 19 carries for 95 yards. With the win, the 49ers move to 6-4 on the season.

Week 12: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 3 3 13
49ers 7 3 0 7 17

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • WAS - Kai Forbath 27 yard field goal, 0:31 (TIE 10-10)
Fourth quarter
  • WAS - Kai Forbath 46 yard field goal, 7:42 (WAS 13-10)
  • SF – Carlos Hyde 4 yard run, Phil Dawson kick, 2:59 (SF 17–13)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Carlos Hyde scored a rare fourth quarter touchdown for the Niners, and allowed them to hold off the Redskins, 17-13.

Week 13: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Thanksgiving Day game
Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 6 3 3 19
49ers 0 0 3 0 3

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 70,799
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Preview, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SEA - Steven Hauschka 21 yard field goal, 11:07 (SEA 10-0)
  • SEA - Steven Hauschka 36 yard field goal, 5:40 (SEA 13-0)
Third quarter
  • SEA - Steven Hauschka 35 yard field goal, 8:05 (SEA 16-0)
  • SF - Phil Dawson 40 yard field goal, 1:06 (SEA 16-3)
Fourth quarter
  • SEA - Steven Hauschka 46 yard field goal, 10:11 (SEA 19-3)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Thanksgiving night matchup against Seattle on national television turned out to be a Seahawk blowout that wasn't as close as the score indicated. While the defense held Seattle to a touchdown and four field goals, the Niners only managed 164 yards of offense and one third quarter field goal. The offense, which traditionally collapsed this season in the face of second half adjustments, never got untracked at all, averaging 3.2 yards per pass and 3.6 yards per rush. Two Colin Kaepernick interceptions did not help.

Week 14: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 3 0 13
Raiders 3 7 7 7 24

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • OAK - Donald Penn 3 yard pass from Derek Carr, Sebastian Janikowski kick, 10:45 (OAK 10–7)
  • SF - Phil Dawson 52 yard field goal, 0:01 (TIE 10–10)
Third quarter
  • SF - Phil Dawson 20 yard field goal, 8:34 (SF 13–10)
  • OAK - Marcel Reece 9 yard pass from Derek Carr, Sebastian Janikowski kick, 4:09 (OAK 17–13)
Fourth quarter
  • OAK - Mychal Rivera 5 yard pass from Derek Carr, Sebastian Janikowski kick, 10:39 (OAK 24–13)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Niners were defeated by local rival Oakland. One of the league's worst defenses dominated the Niner offense. The Niners went into halftime tied at 10 after a 52 yard field goal by Phil Dawson with one second remaining, and briefly led, 13-10 in the third quarter on another Dawson kick. Consecutive 80-yard touchdown drives in the second half by the Raiders condemned that the Niners to defeat.

Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Fifteen: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 0 0 7
Seahawks 3 0 7 7 17

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,526
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SEA - Marshawn Lynch 4 yard run, Steven Hauschka kick, 2:19 (SEA 10-7)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

For the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era, the 49ers lost their third consecutive game. The Niners were several point underdogs in this game, but managed to stay competitive throughout thanks to their defense. They sacked Russell Wilson five times, intercepted him once and held him to just 168 passing yards, while pressuring him throughout the game. But despite a second quarter touchdown by Frank Gore that gave them the lead at halftime, the offense was ineffective, and could not find a rhythm. This was the seventh time in the last eight games the 49ers offense failed to attain at least 20 points. Since week 7, the 49ers were last in the league in scoring (13.7 points per game). With the loss the 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 16: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chargers 0 7 14 14 3 38
49ers 7 21 7 0 0 35

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD - Antonio Gates 1 yard pass from Philip Rivers, Nick Novak kick, 5:49 (SF 28-14)
  • SD – Corey Liuget recovered fumble in end zone, Nick Novak kick, 3:26 (SF 28–21)
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 90 yard run, Phil Dawson kick, 2:26 (SF 35–21)
Fourth quarter
  • SD - Antonio Gates 21 yard pass from Philip Rivers, Nick Novak kick, 5:15 (SF 35-28)
  • SD - Malcom Floyd 11 yard pass from Philip Rivers, Nick Novak kick, 0:29 (TIE 35-35)
Overtime
  • SD - Nick Novak 40 yard field goal, 4:00 (SD 38-35)
Top passers
Top rushers
  • SD – Branden Oliver, 13 Car, 53 Yds
  • SF – Frank Gore, 26 Car, 158 Yds, 1 TD; Colin Kaepernick, 7 Car, 151 Yds, 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The 49ers dominated the first half and led 28-7 at halftime. However, their second half offense stalled while the defense fell apart as the 49ers squandered a 21 point 3rd quarter lead and a 14 point lead in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. The Chargers outscored the 49ers 31-7 after halftime. Trailing 35-28, the Chargers drove down the field for the game tying touchdown, converting two 4th downs on that drive. The 49ers attempted to win in the final seconds of regulation, but Phil Dawson's 60 yard kick was way off. The game went to overtime. The 49ers got the ball first, but a fumble by Quinton Patton allowed the Chargers to have possession on their own 40. The Chargers drove the 49ers' 22 yard line before kicking a field goal to hand the 49ers their fourth straight loss. The 49ers rushed for an astonishing 355 yards, including a 52 yard touchdown run by Frank Gore and a 90 yard touchdown run by Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a loss[3] The 49ers also scored 35 points, a season high. However, their offensive struggles in the second half of games continued. During the four game losing streak, the 49ers have only 13 points in the second half of their games. They've been outscored 65-13 by opponents in the second half of those games. With the loss, the 49ers fell to 7-8, ensuring that they would finish without a winning record for the first time since the 2010 season.

Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 10 0 0 17
49ers 7 6 7 0 20

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,699
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – Phil Dawson 53 yard field goal, 12:33 (SF 10–7)
  • SF – Phil Dawson 37 yard field goal, 6:04 (SF 13–7)
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 36 yard field goal, 1:35 (SF 13–10)
  • ARI – Michael Floyd 41 yard pass from Ryan Lindley, Chandler Catanzaro kick, 0:36 (ARI 17–13)
Third quarter
  • SF – Bruce Miller 3 yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, Phil Dawson kick, 0:25 (SF 20–17)
Fourth quarter

No scoring

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

A strong defensive showing overcame the usual second half collapse by the offense, and the Niners held on for a 20-17 win, to even their season record at 8-8. The 49ers defense intercepted Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley three times and sacked him twice, shutting Arizona out in the second half. Phil Dawson kicked two field goals, and Bruce Miller caught a three yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for the margin of victory. Frank Gore, who needed just 38 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards on the year, rushed for 144 yards on 25 carries. It's the eight time in his career that he has rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. 49ers Wideout Anquan Boldin caught a 76 yard touchdown pass, giving him over 1,000 yards receiving for the year. This was the last game coached by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, as he and the 49ers front office mutually agreed to cut ties after the game.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 W6
(5) Arizona Cardinals 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 L2
San Francisco 49ers 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 W1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 L3

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] *Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[a] zGreen Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[a] yDallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 yCarolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –25 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] wArizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[b] wDetroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 33 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Levi's Stadium parking issues[edit]

In November 2013, Levi's Stadium and 49ers' officials initially requested the NFL to not schedule any weekday home games during the preseason or regular season — including Monday and Thursday Night Football — during Levi's Stadium's inaugural season, due to parking issues in the Santa Clara area during weekdays.[6] Two months later (January 2014), the Santa Clara City Council approved a two-year deal with the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club that would have opened up 10,000 additional parking spaces within walking distance of Levi's Stadium, as well as reimbursed the club $250,000 for each year, which would have enabled the team to host Monday and Thursday night games for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.[7] However, the NFL decided not to schedule any weeknight prime-time games at Levi's Stadium during the 2014 season, for the exception of the Week 13 Thanksgiving game, until traffic flow within the area is figured out.[8]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkening, Mike. "Agent: 49ers releasing LaMichael James". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Marcus Lattimore informs 49ers he intends to retire". NFL.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "49ers set record in defeat" Bleacher Report. December 22, 2014
  4. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Matier, Phil (December 9, 2013). "Lack Of Parking Means No Monday Night Football At Levi's Stadium". CBS San Francisco. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Mike (January 15, 2014). "49ers new stadium adding 10,000 parking spaces; Monday night games back on". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Biggs, Brad (March 25, 2014). "NFL uncertain of release date for 2014 schedule". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 

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