List of San Francisco 49ers seasons

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This is a list of seasons completed by the San Francisco 49ers American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the 49ers' franchise from 1946 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches. The San Francisco 49ers began play in 1946 as charter members of the All-America Football Conference.

The franchise has experienced major periods of success in their history from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, During this period, they had 16 straight winning season (all with 10 wins or more); they played in five Super Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV, and XXIX), winning all five of them; and won a total of 22 playoff games.

The 49ers have also experienced stretches of failure in their history. When the 49ers joined the NFL after the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, they never won a division or conference title, and only finished as high as second once from 1950–1969. After winning three consecutive division titles from 1970–1972, they would return to losing in 1973 and achieved only one winning season for the rest of the decade. Another playoff drought lasted from 20032010, a stretch of eight non-winning seasons. This drought finally came to an end when the 49ers won their division with a 13–3 record in 2011; they have earned three straight berths in the NFC Championship Game.

For complete team history, see San Francisco 49ers

  • Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Italicized numbers mean that the records are subject to change each week due to regular season or postseason games being played.
NFL champions (1920–1969) NFL champions Super Bowl champions (1966–present) Super Bowl champions Conference champions * Division champions + Wild Card berth # One-game playoff berth ^
Season Team League Conference Division Finish Wins Losses Ties Postseason results Awards
1946 1946 AAFC Western 2nd 9 5 0
1947 1947 AAFC Western 2nd 8 4 2
1948 1948 AAFC Western 2nd 12 2 0
1949 1949 AAFC 2nd 9 3 0 Won First-Round Playoffs (Yankees) 17–7
Lost AAFC Championship (Browns) 21–7
1950 1950 NFL National 5th 3 9 0
1951 1951 NFL National 3rd 7 4 1
1952 1952 NFL National 3rd 7 5 0
1953 1953 NFL Western 3rd 9 3 0
1954 1954 NFL Western 3rd 7 4 1
1955 1955 NFL Western 5th 4 8 0
1956 1956 NFL Western 3rd 5 6 1
1957 1957 NFL Western 2nd 8 4 0 Lost Western Conference Playoff (Lions) 31–27
1958 1958 NFL Western 4th 6 6 0
1959 1959 NFL Western 4th 7 5 0
1960 1960 NFL Western 3rd 7 5 0
1961 1961 NFL Western 5th 7 6 1
1962 1962 NFL Western 5th 6 8 0
1963 1963 NFL Western 7th 2 12 0
1964 1964 NFL Western 7th 4 10 0
1965 1965 NFL Western 4th 7 6 1
1966 1966 NFL Western 4th 6 6 2
1967 1967 NFL Western Coastal 3rd 7 7 0
1968 1968 NFL Western Coastal 3rd 7 6 1
1969 1969 NFL Western Coastal 4th 4 8 2
1970 1970 NFL NFC West 1st 10 3 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 17–14
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys) 17–10
John Brodie (MVP)
Bruce Taylor (DROY)
1971 1971 NFL NFC West 1st 9 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 24–20
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys) 14–3
1972 1972 NFL NFC West 1st 8 5 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 30–28
1973 1973 NFL NFC West 4th 5 9 0
1974 1974 NFL NFC West 2nd 6 8 0
1975 1975 NFL NFC West 2nd 5 9 0
1976 1976 NFL NFC West 2nd 8 6 0
1977 1977 NFL NFC West 3rd 5 9 0
1978 1978 NFL NFC West 4th 2 14 0
1979 1979 NFL NFC West 4th 2 14 0
1980 1980 NFL NFC West 3rd 6 10 0
1981 1981 NFL NFC West 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 38–24
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 28–27
Won Super Bowl XVI (Bengals) 26–21
Joe Montana (SB MVP)
Bill Walsh (COY)
1982 1982 NFL NFC West 11th1 3 6 0
1983 1983 NFL NFC West 1st 10 6 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Lions) 24–23
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 24–21
1984 1984 NFL NFC West 1st 15 1 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 21–10
Won Conference Championship (Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (Dolphins) 38–16
Joe Montana (SB MVP)
1985 1985 NFL NFC West 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 17–3
1986 1986 NFL NFC West 1st 10 5 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 49–3 Joe Montana (CBPOY)
1987 1987 NFL NFC West 1st 13 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 36–24 Jerry Rice (OPOY)
1988 1988 NFL NFC West 1st 10 6 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 34–9
Won Conference Championship (Bears) 28–3
Won Super Bowl XXIII (Bengals) 20–16
Jerry Rice (SB MVP)
Roger Craig (OPOY)
1989 1989 NFL NFC West 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 41–13
Won Conference Championship (Rams) 30–3
Won Super Bowl XXIV (Broncos) 55–10
Joe Montana (MVP, SB MVP, OPOY)
1990 1990 NFL NFC West 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 28–10
Lost Conference Championship (Giants) 15–13
Joe Montana (MVP)
1991 1991 NFL NFC West 3rd 10 6 0
1992 1992 NFL NFC West 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 20–13
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys) 30–20
Steve Young (MVP, OPOY)
1993 1993 NFL NFC West 1st 10 6 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 44–3
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys) 38–21
Jerry Rice (OPOY)
Dana Stubblefield (DROY)
1994 1994 NFL NFC West 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 44–15
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 38–28
Won Super Bowl XXIX (Chargers) 49–26
Steve Young (MVP, SB MVP)
Deion Sanders (DPOY)
1995 1995 NFL NFC West 1st 11 5 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 27–17 Jerry Rice (PB MVP)
1996 1996 NFL NFC West 2nd 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14–0
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 35–14
1997 1997 NFL NFC West 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 38–22
Lost Conference Championship (Packers) 23–10
Dana Stubblefield (DPOY)
1998 1998 NFL NFC West 2nd 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 30–27
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 20–18
1999 1999 NFL NFC West 4th 4 12 0 Bryant Young (CBPOY)
2000 2000 NFL NFC West 4th 6 10 0
2001 2001 NFL NFC West 2nd 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 25–15 Garrison Hearst (CBPOY)
2002 2002 NFL NFC West 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 39–38
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Buccaneers) 31–6
2003 2003 NFL NFC West 3rd 7 9 0
2004 2004 NFL NFC West 4th 2 14 0
2005 2005 NFL NFC West 4th 4 12 0
2006 2006 NFL NFC West 3rd 7 9 0
2007 2007 NFL NFC West 3rd 5 11 0 Patrick Willis (DROY)
2008 2008 NFL NFC West 2nd 7 9 0
2009 2009 NFL NFC West 2nd 8 8 0
2010 2010 NFL NFC West 3rd 6 10 0
2011 2011 NFL NFC West 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 36–32
Lost Conference Championship (Giants) 20–17 (OT)
Jim Harbaugh (COY)
2012 2012 NFL NFC West 1st 11 4 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 45–31
Won Conference Championship (Falcons) 28–24
Lost Super Bowl XLVII (Ravens) 34–31
2013 2013 NFL NFC West 2nd 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 23–20
Won Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 23–10
Lost Conference Championship (Seahawks) 23–17

Statistics above are current as of January 12, 2014. An em dash (—) indicates that the category is not applicable.

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses Ties Win %
San Francisco 49ers regular season record 545 431 16 .557
San Francisco 49ers postseason record 31 20 .608
All-time regular and postseason record 576 451 16 .560

1 Due to a strike-shortened season in 1982, all teams were ranked by conference instead of division. - On January 19, 2014 The San Francisco 49ers became the first franchise to play in 15 NFC Championship games.

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