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1951 San Francisco 49ers

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7-4-1, Finished 2nd in NFL National Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: -2.3, Defense: 6.6, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 255 points (21.2/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 205 points (17.1/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 50 points (4.2/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-4.5.

Coach: Buck Shaw (7-4-1)

Stadium: Kezar Stadium
 Training Camp: Menlo College (Atherton, California)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Tony Morabito
General Manager John Blackinger

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 255 4013 843 4.8 39 20 11 237 154 281 1647 14 19 5.1 92 523 2366 18 4.5 134
Team Defense 205 3650 797 4.6 42 9 13 188 158 353 2101 15 33 5.5 84 417 1549 9 3.7 91
Lg Rank Offense 5 4 6 11 3 9 8 7 2 6 3 2 4 2
Lg Rank Defense 3 5 5 12 3 9 9 5 2 7 3 4 3 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Cleveland Browns 24 10 18 344 107 237 4 11 227 172 55 2
2 Sat October 6 boxscore L 1-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 21 14 263 89 174 4 13 325 228 97 3
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 28 24 18 374 216 158 4 20 326 192 134 5
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 2-2 @ Chicago Bears 7 13 18 244 174 70 7 16 381 134 247 3
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 3-2 Los Angeles Rams 44 17 19 321 127 194 23 371 240 131 6
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 3-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 23 15 253 19 234 5 16 357 202 155 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 4-3 New York Yanks 19 14 23 468 223 245 3 12 245 139 106 2
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 4-4 Chicago Cardinals 21 27 26 379 148 231 3 17 437 189 248 1
9 Sun November 25 boxscore T 4-4-1 @ New York Yanks 10 10 22 337 103 234 2 14 283 149 134 5
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 5-4-1 @ Detroit Lions 20 10 20 358 158 200 2 11 180 102 78 4
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 6-4-1 Green Bay Packers 31 19 27 407 105 302 3 16 187 145 42 4
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 7-4-1 Detroit Lions 21 17 17 265 178 87 2 19 331 209 122 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
63 Frankie Albert 31 P/QB 12 11 6-4-1 90 166 54.2% 1116 5 3.0 10 6.0 47 6.7 4.6 12.4 93.0 60.2 0 0
64 Y.A. Tittle 25 qb 12 1 1-0-0 63 114 55.3% 808 8 7.0 9 7.9 48 7.1 4.9 12.8 67.3 68.2 0 0
74 Joe Perry 24 FB 11 0 1 1 100.0% 31 1 100.0 0 0.0 31 31.0 51.0 31.0 2.8 158.3 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 7-4-1 154 281 54.8% 1955 14 5.0 19 6.8 48 7.0 4.9 12.7 162.9 65.2 0 0
Opp Total 12 158 353 44.8% 2313 15 4.2 33 9.3 6.6 3.20 14.6 192.8 41.9 27 212 5.5 2.4 7.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
74 Joe Perry 24 FB 11 0 136 677 3 58 5.0 61.5 12.4 18 167 9.3 1 35 1.6 15.2 844 4 5
91 Johnny Strzykalski 30 RH 11 0 81 296 3 13 3.7 26.9 7.4 12 105 8.8 0 13 1.1 9.5 401 3 0
88 Pete Schabarum 22 12 0 76 311 2 67 4.1 25.9 6.3 10 162 16.2 0 47 0.8 13.5 473 2 4
81 Verl Lillywhite 25 LH 12 0 67 397 1 60 5.9 33.1 5.6 11 125 11.4 1 29 0.9 10.4 522 2 3
63 Frankie Albert 31 P/QB 12 11 35 146 3 34 4.2 12.2 2.9 146 3 0
82 Joe Arenas 26 KR/PR 12 0 34 183 3 14 5.4 15.3 2.8 1 12 12.0 1 12 0.1 1.0 195 4 1
35 Bishop Strickland 24 9 0 34 165 0 15 4.9 18.3 3.8 165 0 2
99 Jim Monachino 22 8 0 21 74 2 7 3.5 9.3 2.6 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.8 80 2 2
72 Norm Standlee 32 LLB 11 0 16 65 0 13 4.1 5.9 1.5 65 0 1
64 Y.A. Tittle 25 qb 12 1 13 18 1 5 1.4 1.5 1.1 18 1 3
85 Bob White 22 12 0 8 33 0 9 4.1 2.8 0.7 3 36 12.0 0 22 0.3 3.0 69 0 0
51 Gordie Soltau* 26 K/LE 12 0 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 59 826 14.0 7 48 4.9 68.8 822 7 3
93 Jim Cason* 24 S 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 13 0 1
58 Billy Wilson 24 RE 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 268 14.9 3 38 2.0 29.8 268 3 0
53 Alyn Beals 30 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 126 10.5 0 22 1.0 10.5 126 0 0
55 Bill Jessup 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 99 14.1 1 31 0.7 9.9 99 1 0
83 Rex Berry 27 LDH 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.2 12 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 523 2366 18 67 4.5 197.2 43.6 154 1955 12.7 14 48 12.8 162.9 4321 32 26
Opp Total 12 417 1549 9 3.7 129.1 34.8 158 2101 13.3 15 13.2 175.1 3650 24 22

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
82 Joe Arenas 26 KR/PR 12 0 21 272 0 51 13.0 21 542 0 49 25.8 1009
93 Jim Cason* 24 S 12 0 13 115 0 20 8.8 10 196 0 41 19.6 324
42 Leo Nomellini*+ 27 RDT/RT 12 12 1 20 1 20 20.0 2 27 0 16 13.5 47
33 Bruno Banducci 30 RG 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
43 Ray Collins* 24 LDT/LT 12 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
74 Joe Perry 24 FB 11 0 1 32 0 32 32.0 876
35 Bishop Strickland 24 9 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 179
58 Billy Wilson 24 RE 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 268
Team Total 25.7 12 35 407 1 51 11.6 38 820 0 49 21.6 5548
Opp Total 12 21 1320 0 62.9 44 957 0 21.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
51 Gordie Soltau* 26 K/LE 12 0 18 6 33.3%% 32 30 93.8%%
63 Frankie Albert 31 P/QB 12 11 34 1507 66 0 44.3
81 Verl Lillywhite 25 LH 12 0 20 847 75 0 42.4
54 Gail Bruce 28 RDE 12 0 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 25.7 12 18 6 33.3%% 33 31 93.9%% 54 2354 75 0 43.6
Opp Total 12 24 13 54.2%% 24 22 91.7%% 70 2837 40.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
93 Jim Cason* 24 S 12 0 8 147 1 65 0 0 1 2 0 0
92 Lowell Wagner 28 RDH 12 0 9 115 0 40 0
81 Verl Lillywhite 25 LH 12 0 3 47 0 24 0 0 3 0 0 0
74 Joe Perry 24 FB 11 0 0 5 0 0 0
83 Rex Berry 27 LDH 10 0 4 77 0 38 0
62 Jim Powers 23 12 0 4 73 0 28 0
88 Pete Schabarum 22 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
64 Y.A. Tittle 25 qb 12 1 0 3 1 0 0
22 Pete Wismann 28 RLB 9 0 2 12 0 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
51 Gordie Soltau* 26 K/LE 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
35 Bishop Strickland 24 9 0 0 2 1 0 0
73 Hardy Brown 27 MLB 12 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Gail Bruce 28 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 Al Carapella 24 12 0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 2 0
99 Jim Monachino 22 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
42 Leo Nomellini*+ 27 RDT/RT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
82 Joe Arenas 26 KR/PR 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
43 Ray Collins* 24 LDT/LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Nick Feher 25 LG 12 0 0 0 1 2 0
34 Visco Grgich 28 MG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Ed Henke 24 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Norm Standlee 32 LLB 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Bob White 22 12 0 1 11 0 11 0
Team Total 25.7 12 33 498 1 65 0 0 26 15 4 0 1
Opp Total 12 39 22 13

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
51 Gordie Soltau* 26 K/LE 12 0 7 7 30 6 90
82 Joe Arenas 26 KR/PR 12 0 3 1 4 24
74 Joe Perry 24 FB 11 0 3 1 4 24
63 Frankie Albert 31 P/QB 12 11 3 3 18
91 Johnny Strzykalski 30 RH 11 0 3 3 18
58 Billy Wilson 24 RE 9 0 3 3 18
81 Verl Lillywhite 25 LH 12 0 1 1 2 12
99 Jim Monachino 22 8 0 2 2 12
88 Pete Schabarum 22 12 0 2 2 12
93 Jim Cason* 24 S 12 0 1 1 6
55 Bill Jessup 22 10 0 1 1 6
42 Leo Nomellini*+ 27 RDT/RT 12 12 1 1 6
64 Y.A. Tittle 25 qb 12 1 1 1 6
46 Hamp Tanner 24 12 0 1 2
54 Gail Bruce 28 RDE 12 0 1 1
Team Total 25.7 12 18 14 1 1 34 31 6 1 255
Opp Total 12 9 15 22 13 205

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 CLE W, 24-10 1 25 pass Billy Wilson 25 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1951-09-30 CLE W, 24-10 3 6 rush Joe Perry 6 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1951-09-30 CLE W, 24-10 4 6 rush Joe Perry 6 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1951-10-06 @ PHI L, 14-21 1 60 rush Verl Lillywhite 60 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1951-10-06 @ PHI L, 14-21 4 11 pass Verl Lillywhite 11 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1951-10-14 @ PIT W, 28-24 1 65 interception Jim Cason 65 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1951-10-14 @ PIT W, 28-24 3 7 rush Jim Monachino 7 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1951-10-14 @ PIT W, 28-24 3 4 pass Joe Perry 4 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1951-10-14 @ PIT W, 28-24 3 8 rush Pete Schabarum 8 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1951-10-21 @ CHI L, 7-13 4 41 pass Gordie Soltau 41 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 1 2 rush Joe Arenas 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 2 10 pass Gordie Soltau 10 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
13 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 2 1 rush Johnny Strzykalski 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 2 20 blocked punt Leo Nomellini 20 yard blocked punt return (Gordie Soltau kick)
15 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 2 13 pass Gordie Soltau 13 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
16 1951-10-28 RAM W, 44-17 4 48 pass Gordie Soltau 48 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
17 1951-11-04 @ RAM L, 16-23 2 58 rush Joe Perry 58 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1951-11-04 @ RAM L, 16-23 3 7 rush Frankie Albert 7 yard rush
19 1951-11-11 NYY W, 19-14 1 5 pass Gordie Soltau 5 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
20 1951-11-11 NYY W, 19-14 4 7 pass Billy Wilson 7 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1951-11-18 CRD L, 21-27 1 4 rush Frankie Albert 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1951-11-18 CRD L, 21-27 3 10 rush Frankie Albert 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1951-11-18 CRD L, 21-27 4 14 rush Pete Schabarum 14 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1951-11-25 @ NYY T, 10-10 1 8 rush Johnny Strzykalski 8 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
25 1951-12-02 @ DET W, 20-10 1 1 rush Johnny Strzykalski 1 yard rush
26 1951-12-02 @ DET W, 20-10 3 23 pass Bill Jessup 23 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1951-12-02 @ DET W, 20-10 4 12 pass Joe Arenas 12 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1951-12-09 GNB W, 31-19 2 7 rush Joe Arenas 7 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
29 1951-12-09 GNB W, 31-19 3 1 rush Joe Arenas 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
30 1951-12-09 GNB W, 31-19 4 3 rush Jim Monachino 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
31 1951-12-09 GNB W, 31-19 4 9 pass Gordie Soltau 9 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gail Bruce pass from Frankie Albert)
32 1951-12-16 DET W, 21-17 2 31 pass Billy Wilson 31 yard pass from Joe Perry (Gordie Soltau kick)
33 1951-12-16 DET W, 21-17 2 27 pass Gordie Soltau 27 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
34 1951-12-16 DET W, 21-17 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 CLE L, 10-24 1 81 pass Dub Jones 81 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
2 1951-10-06 @ PHI W, 21-14 1 4 rush Jim Parmer 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1951-10-06 @ PHI W, 21-14 3 49 pass Clyde Scott 49 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
4 1951-10-06 @ PHI W, 21-14 4 28 pass Clyde Scott 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1951-10-14 @ PIT L, 24-28 2 77 pass Elbie Nickel 77 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
6 1951-10-14 @ PIT L, 24-28 4 8 pass Lynn Chandnois 8 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)
7 1951-10-14 @ PIT L, 24-28 4 22 pass Elbie Nickel 22 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)
8 1951-10-21 @ CHI W, 13-7 1 77 pass John Dottley 77 yard pass from Johnny Lujack
9 1951-10-21 @ CHI W, 13-7 3 1 rush Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
10 1951-10-28 RAM L, 17-44 2 79 pass Elroy Hirsch 79 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
11 1951-10-28 RAM L, 17-44 3 12 rush Dick Hoerner 12 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
12 1951-11-04 @ RAM W, 23-16 1 1 rush Bob Waterfield 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
13 1951-11-04 @ RAM W, 23-16 4 76 pass Elroy Hirsch 76 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
14 1951-11-11 NYY L, 14-19 2 1 rush Buddy Young 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
15 1951-11-11 NYY L, 14-19 2 20 pass Dan Edwards 20 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
16 1951-11-18 CRD W, 27-21 1 8 rush Charlie Trippi 8 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
17 1951-11-18 CRD W, 27-21 2 80 pass Elmer Angsman 80 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
18 1951-11-18 CRD W, 27-21 2 4 rush Don Paul 4 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
19 1951-11-25 @ NYY T, 10-10 4 11 rush Sherman Howard 11 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
20 1951-12-02 @ DET L, 10-20 3 30 pass Dorne Dibble 30 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1951-12-09 GNB L, 19-31 2 3 pass Ray Pelfrey 3 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
22 1951-12-09 GNB L, 19-31 3 11 pass Carl Elliott 11 yard pass from Tobin Rote
23 1951-12-16 DET L, 17-21 2 1 rush Pat Harder 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
24 1951-12-16 DET L, 17-21 3 28 pass Leon Hart 28 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)