1984 San Francisco 49ers season

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1984 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Bill Walsh
General manager John McVay
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 15–1
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants) 21–10
Won Conference Championship (Bears) 23–0
Won Super Bowl XIX (Dolphins) 38–16
Uniform
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< 1983 1985 >

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers season was their 39th season in the National Football League. The season was highlighted by their second Super Bowl victory. The franchise had their best season ever with a record of 15 wins and only 1 loss. Quarterback Joe Montana would be awarded the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in his career, joining Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw as the only two time MVP’s.

The 1984 49ers became the first team to win fifteen games in the NFL's regular season since the league went to a sixteen game schedule in 1978.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1984 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position College
1 24 Todd Shell LB Brigham Young
2 Choice to L.A. Raiders
2 56(Choice from L.A. Raiders) John Frank TE Ohio State
3 73(Choice from St. Louis) Guy McIntyre G Georgia
3 Choice to St. Louis
4 Choice from Tampa Bay to Seattle
4 Choice to San Diego
5 121(Choice from Atlanta) Michael Carter NT Southern Methodist
5 Choice from Denver to Atlanta
5 Choice to St. Louis
5 139(Choice from Washington through L.A. Raiders) Jeff Fuller DB Texas A&M
6 Choice to Atlanta
7 Choice to New England
8 Choice to San Diego
9 239(Choice from Chicago) Lee Miller DB Cal State-Fullerton
9 248 Derrick Harmon RB Cornell
10 275 Dave Moriz WR Iowa
11 304 Kirk Pendleton WR Brigham Young
12 Choice from Chicago to Miami
12 Choice to San Diego

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NFL Supplemental Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Pro Team College
1 24 Derrick Crawford WR Memphis Showboats (USFL) Memphis State
2 51 Joe Conwell OT Philadelphia Stars (USFL) North Carolina
3 80 Mark Schellen RB New Orleans Breakers (USFL) Nebraska

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Training Camp[edit]

The 1984 San Francisco 49ers season held training camp at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1984 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bill Walsh

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fred von Appen

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway

Roster[edit]

1984 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

[4]

Pre season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Stadium Attendance Time Network Local TV
1
August 4, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders
W
13–10
1–0
Candlestick Park
54,990
6:00 PM PDT
KPIX-TV
2
August 11, 1984 at Denver Broncos
L
13–20
1–1
Mile High Stadium
70,211
6:00 PM PDT
KPIX-TV
3
August 18, 1984 at San Diego Chargers
L
15–35
1–2
Jack Murphy Stadium
58,356
6:00 PM PDT
CBS
4
August 24, 1984 Seattle Seahawks
W
23–21
2–2
Candlestick Park
49,219
6:00 PM PDT
KPIX-TV

Notes:

a All times in Pacific Time Zone.

Game officials[edit]

Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 Los Angeles Raiders
2 at Denver Broncos (71) (42) (8) (56) (21) (16) (91)
3 at San Diego Chargers
4 Seattle Seahawks (70) (103) (35) (15) (22) (62) (93)

Regular season[edit]

The 49ers advanced to their second Super Bowl in team history after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Much of the hype surrounding the team was their offense, which boasted 5 Pro Bowlers. Quarterback Joe Montana recorded 279 out of 432 completions for 3,630 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Running back Roger Craig was one of the 49ers' major weapons, both rushing and receiving. Craig was the team's second leading rusher with 649 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, and also caught 71 passes for 675 yards. Pro Bowl running back Wendell Tyler, who had rushed for a team record 1,262 yards during the regular season, recorded 7 rushing touchdowns, and also caught 28 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. Wide receivers Freddie Solomon and Dwight Clark also were deep threats, gaining a combined total of 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns. Up front, 3 of the 49ers' 5 starting offensive linemen, Randy Cross, Fred Quillan, and Keith Fahnhorst, had been selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Overall, San Francisco's offense finished the season ranked second in the NFL in scoring (475 points) and fourth in total yards (6,544).

Although they did not get as much media attention as the offense, the 49ers defense led the league in fewest points allowed during the regular season (227). All 4 of the 49ers' starting defensive backs, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, and Dwight Hicks, were selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner was also a major defensive weapon, recording 2 sacks and 4 interceptions for 51 yards. Defensive end Dwaine Board anchored the line, recording 10 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Stadium Attendance Time Network National Radio
1
September 2, 1984 at Detroit Lions
W
30–27
1–0
Pontiac Silverdome
56,782
10:00 AM PDT
CBS
2
September 10, 1984 (Mon) Washington Redskins
W
37–31
2–0
Candlestick Park
59,707
6:00 PM PDT
ABC
CBS
3
September 16, 1984 New Orleans Saints
W
30–20
3–0
Candlestick Park
57,611
1:00 PM PDT
CBS
4
September 23, 1984 at Philadelphia Eagles
W
21–9
4–0
Veterans Stadium
62,771
10:00 AM PDT
CBS
5
September 30, 1984 Atlanta Falcons
W
14–5
5–0
Candlestick Park
57,990
1:00 PM PDT
CBS
6
October 8, 1984 (Mon) at New York Giants
W
31–10
6–0
Giants Stadium
76,112
6:00 PM PDT
ABC
CBS
7
October 14, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers
L
17–20
6–1
Candlestick Park
59,110
1:00 PM PDT
NBC
8
October 21, 1984 at Houston Oilers
W
34–21
7–1
Astrodome
39,900
1:00 PM PDT
CBS
9
October 28, 1984 at Los Angeles Rams
W
33–0
8–1
Anaheim Stadium
65,481
1:00 PM PST
CBS
10
November 4, 1984 Cincinnati Bengals
W
23–17
9–1
Candlestick Park
58,324
1:00 PM PST
NBC
11
November 11, 1984 at Cleveland Browns
W
41–7
10–1
Cleveland Stadium
60,092
10:00 AM PST
CBS
12
November 18, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
W
24–17
11–1
Candlestick Park
57,704
1:00 PM PST
CBS
13
November 25, 1984 at New Orleans Saints
W
35–3
12–1
Louisiana Superdome
65,177
1:00 PM PST
CBS
14
December 2, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons
W
35–17
13–1
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
29,644
10:00 AM PST
CBS
15
December 8, 1984 (Sat) Minnesota Vikings
W
51–7
14–1
Candlestick Park
56,670
1:00 PM PST
CBS
CBS
16
December 14, 1984 (Fri) Los Angeles Rams
W
19–16
15–1
Candlestick Park
59,743
6:00 PM PST
ABC
CBS

Notes:

a All times in Pacific Time Zone. (UTC–7 and UTC–8 starting October 28)

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week One: San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 3 13 30
Lions 7 6 7 7 27

at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • DET -
Turnovers
  • SF - 1
  • DET - 0

Week 2 vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 3 14 14 31
49ers 14 13 0 10 37

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • WSH -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • WSH - 0
  • SF - 2

Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Three: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 10 0 20
49ers 7 10 0 13 30

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • NO -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • NO - 5
  • SF - 1

Week 4 at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 0 7 21
Eagles 0 6 3 0 9

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • PHI -
Turnovers
  • SF - 0
  • PHI - 1

Week 5 vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Five: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 0 2 5
49ers 0 14 0 0 14

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter

no scoring

Fourth quarter
  • ATL - Safety, Max Runager stepped out of the end zone - 49ers 14–5
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • ATL -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • ATL - 3
  • SF - 2

Week 6 at New York Giants[edit]

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 21 7 3 0 31
Giants 3 0 0 7 10

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • NYG -
Turnovers
  • SF - 0
  • NYG - 2

Week 7 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 10 20
49ers 0 7 0 10 17

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter

no scoring

Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • PIT -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • PIT - 1
  • SF - 1

Week 8 at Houston Oilers[edit]

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 10 7 3 14 34
Oilers 0 7 7 7 21

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • HOU -
Turnovers
  • SF - 1
  • HOU - 3

Week 9 at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Nine: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 16 7 7 33
Rams 0 0 0 0 0

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • LARams -
Turnovers
  • SF - 2
  • LARams - 5

Week 10 vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Ten: Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 14 0 0 17
49ers 0 7 3 13 23

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • CIN - Jim Breech 39 yard field goal - Bengals 3–0
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CIN -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • CIN - 2
  • SF - 4

Week 11 at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 7 14 14 41
Browns 0 0 0 7 7

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • CLE -
Turnovers
  • SF - 2
  • CLE - 4

Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Twelve: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 10 0 7 17
49ers 0 14 7 3 24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

no scoring

Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • TB -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • TB - 3
  • SF - 3

Week 13 at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 14 14 35
Saints 0 3 0 0 3

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter

no scoring

Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • SF - Freddie Solomon, 3 Rec, 63 Yds, 1 TD
  • NO - Tyrone Anthony, 4 Rec, 31 Yds
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • NO -
Turnovers
  • SF - 0
  • NO - 1

Week 14 at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 14 7 7 35
Falcons 3 7 7 0 17

at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • SF -
  • ATL -
Turnovers
  • SF - 3
  • ATL - 6

Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Fifteen: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 0 0 7
49ers 14 17 6 14 51

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • MIN -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • MIN - 1
  • SF - 0

Week 16 vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Sixteen: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 10 0 3 16
49ers 14 3 0 2 19

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter

no scoring

Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • LARams -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • LARams - 1
  • SF - 0

Game officials[edit]

Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge
1 at Detroit Lions (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (63) Ligouri Hagerty (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (96) Don Hakes
2 Washington Redskins (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
3 New Orleans Saints (6) Tom Dooley (42) Dave Hamilton (26) Ed Marion (94) Vern Marshall (36) Bob Moore (87) Dick Ferguson (18) Bob Lewis
4 at Philadelphia Eagles (12) Ben Dreith (57) Ed Fiffick (8) Dale Williams (53) Bill Reynolds (28) Don Wedge (47) Tom Fincken (119) Ron Spitler
5 Atlanta Falcons (95) Bob McElwee (27) Al Conway (111) Earnie Frantz (56) Carver Shannon (99) Banks Williams (80) Bob Rice (76) Ed Merrifield
6 at New York Giants (43) Red Cashion (78) Art Demmas (81) Dave Anderson (45) Ron DeSouza (52) Ben Tompkins (97) Nate Jones (84) Bob Wortman
7 Pittsburgh Steelers (40) Pat Haggerty (115) Hendi Ancich (85) Frank Glover (44) Walt Peters (92) Jim Poole (61) Dick Creed (75) Don Habel
8 at Houston Oilers (14) Gene Barth (101) Bob Boylston (37) Burl Toler (54) Jack Johnson (98) Jimmy Vosser (34) Gerald Austin (86) Bernie Kukar
9 at Los Angeles Rams (71) Bob Frederic (67) John Keck (63) Ligouri Hagerty (30) Dan Wilford (38) Bill Swanson (120) Gary Lane (96) Don Hakes
10 Cincinnati Bengals (60) Dick Jorgensen (50) Neil Gereb (108) Bob McLaughlin (41) Dick McKenzie (24) Roy Clymer (66) Dave Hawk (31) Dick Dolack
11 at Cleveland Browns (7) Fred Silva (19) Tom Hensley (65) Norm Kragseth (59) Bob Beeks (21) Pete Liske (64) Dave Parry (77) Don Orr
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6) Tom Dooley (42) Dave Hamilton (26) Ed Marion (94) Vern Marshall (36) Bob Moore (87) Dick Ferguson (18) Bob Lewis
13 at New Orleans Saints (9) Jerry Markbreit (117) Ben Montgomery (104) Dale Hamer (33) Howard Roe (25) Tom Kelleher (102) Merrill Douglas (91) Bill Stanley
14 at Atlanta Falcons (32) Jim Tunney (68) John Leimbach (109) Sid Semon (3) Boyce Smith (107) Jim Kearney (90) Gil Mace (23) Johnny Grier
15 Minnesota Vikings (48) Gordon McCarter (110) Ron Botchan (72) Terry Gierke (39) Jack Fette (29) J.W. Sanders (49) Dean Look (82) Pat Mallette
16 Los Angeles Rams (70) Jerry Seeman (103) Rex Stuart (35) Leo Miles (15) Bama Glass (22) Paul Baetz (62) Duwayne Gandy (93) Jack Vaughn

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 475 227 W9
Los Angeles Rams(4) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 346 316 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 298 361 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 281 382 W1

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Score Stadium Attendance Time Network National Radio
NFC Divisional Playoff
December 29, 1984 (Sat) New York Giants
W
21–10
Candlestick Park
60,303
1:00 PM PST
CBS
CBS
NFC Championship Game
January 6, 1985 Chicago Bears
W
23–0
Candlestick Park
61,040
1:00 PM PST
CBS
CBS
Super Bowl XIX
January 20, 1985 Miami Dolphins (at Stanford, CA)
W
38–16
Stanford Stadium
84,059
3:00 PM PST
ABC
CBS

Notes:

a All times in Pacific Time Zone.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdown passes as he led the 49ers to a victory, while receiver Dwight Clark caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

NFC Divisional Playoff: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 0 0 10
49ers 14 7 0 0 21

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

No scoring

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • NYG -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • NYG - 3
  • SF - 3

NFC Championship Game[edit]

The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points.

NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 3 3 7 10 23

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CHI -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • CHI - 1
  • SF - 2

Super Bowl XIX[edit]

Super Bowl XIX: Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 6 0 0 16
49ers 7 21 10 0 38

at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

No scoring

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • MIA -
  • SF -
Turnovers
  • MIA - 2
  • SF - 2

Game officials[edit]

Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Side Judge Field Judge Alternates
NFC Divisional Playoff New York Giants (14) Gene Barth (110) Ron Botchan (35) Leo Miles (54) Jack Johnson (21) Pete Liske (49) Dean Look (82) Pat Mallette
NFC Championship Game Chicago Bears (70) Jerry Seeman (89) Gordon Wells (17) Jerry Bergman (53) Bill Reynolds (106) Al Jury (64) Dave Parry (77) Don Orr (31) Dick Dolack
Super Bowl XIX Miami Dolphins (at Stanford, CA) (40) Pat Haggerty (19) Tom Hensley (35) Leo Miles (74) Ray Dodez (25) Tom Kelleher (58) Bill Quinby (18) Bob Lewis (9) Jerry Markbreit
(101) Bob Bolyston

Awards and records[edit]

1985 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl[edit]

Main article: 1985 Pro Bowl

[6]

Media[edit]

Pre season Local TV[edit]

Channel Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
KPIX-TV

Local Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
KCBS–AM Don Klein Don Heinrich

References[edit]

  1. ^ They were later joined by the 1985 Chicago Bears (15–1), the 1998 Minnesota Vikings (15–1), the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers (15–1), the 2007 New England Patriots (16–0), and the 2011 Green Bay Packers (15–1), As of 2012.
  2. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2014 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 574. 
  3. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2014 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 574. 
  4. ^ "1984 San Francisco 49ers starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s San Francisco 49ers 2014 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 466. 
  6. ^ San Francisco 49ers 2014 Media Guide. San Francisco 49ers. p. 531. 

External links[edit]