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1953 San Francisco 49ers

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9-3-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.7, Offense: 9.0, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 372 points (31.0/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 237 points (19.8/g), 6th.
 Differential of 135 points (11.2/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 8.9-3.1.

Coach: Buck Shaw (9-3-0)

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

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Tony Morabito
General Manager Louis Spadia

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 372 4398 795 5.5 38 19 16 243 174 322 2168 22 19 6.2 99 443 2230 26 5.0 128
Team Defense 237 3425 782 4.4 40 17 12 206 173 356 1877 17 23 4.9 95 398 1548 12 3.9 99
Lg Rank Offense 1 3 3 8 2 8 5 2 3 5 1 1 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 6 3 8 4 7 6 2 7 9 5 6 4 6 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore W 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles 31 21 20 383 122 261 4 21 310 171 139 4
2 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-0 Los Angeles Rams 31 30 21 296 190 106 3 21 387 272 115 2
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 24 11 135 59 76 5 14 291 174 117 4
4 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-1 @ Chicago Bears 35 28 20 379 128 251 3 17 265 191 74 4
5 Sun October 25 boxscore L 3-2 Detroit Lions 10 14 25 351 124 227 2 13 239 118 121
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-2 Chicago Bears 24 14 29 495 278 217 4 19 273 244 29 2
7 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 31 27 17 414 301 113 4 18 333 52 281 3
8 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-3 @ Cleveland Browns 21 23 18 336 202 134 3 22 457 280 177 2
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-3 @ Green Bay Packers 37 7 20 353 63 290 1 14 216 32 184 6
10 Sun November 29 boxscore W 7-3 @ Baltimore Colts 38 21 16 368 180 188 3 18 234 74 160 4
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 8-3 Green Bay Packers 48 14 15 291 176 115 2 17 284 190 94 6
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 9-3 Baltimore Colts 45 14 31 597 345 252 4 12 136 79 57 3

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
14 Y.A. Tittle* 27 QB 11 10 8-2-0 149 259 57.5% 2121 20 7.7 16 6.2 71 8.2 7.0 14.2 192.8 84.1 0 0
15 Jim Powers 25 P 12 2 22 49 44.9% 259 1 2.0 2 4.1 28 5.3 3.9 11.8 21.6 51.3 0 0
12 Hal Ledyard 22 10 0 0 9 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 11.1 0 0.0 -5.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR/RH 12 0 2 3 66.7% 13 1 33.3 0 0.0 11 4.3 11.0 6.5 1.1 115.3 0 0
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR/LH 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 1 1 100.0% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 14.0 14.0 14.0 1.2 118.7 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 8-2-0 174 322 54.0% 2407 22 6.8 19 5.9 71 7.5 6.2 13.8 200.6 76.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 173 356 48.6% 2100 17 4.8 23 6.5 5.9 3.95 12.1 175.0 56.2 28 223 4.9 3.1 7.3

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
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 192 1018 10 51 5.3 84.8 16.0 19 191 10.1 3 60 1.6 15.9 1209 13 8
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR/RH 12 0 112 503 3 33 4.5 41.9 9.3 30 474 15.8 2 71 2.5 39.5 977 5 6
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR/LH 12 0 72 380 6 60 5.3 31.7 6.0 10 113 11.3 1 38 0.8 9.4 493 7 5
48 Billy Mixon 24 LS 12 0 25 176 1 33 7.0 14.7 2.1 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 183 1 0
44 Pete Schabarum 24 10 0 18 104 0 23 5.8 10.4 1.8 10 96 9.6 0 31 1.0 9.6 200 0 1
14 Y.A. Tittle* 27 QB 11 10 14 41 6 14 2.9 3.7 1.3 41 6 3
49 Jim Monachino 24 5 0 4 10 0 5 2.5 2.0 0.8 2 9 4.5 0 9 0.4 1.8 19 0 1
15 Jim Powers 25 P 12 2 3 -10 0 0 -3.3 -0.8 0.3 -10 0 0
27 Ken Bahnsen 23 7 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
12 Hal Ledyard 22 10 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.3 0.1 3 0 0
42 Lowell Wagner 30 RDH 10 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.4 0.1 4 0 0
84 Billy Wilson 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 51 840 16.5 10 61 4.3 70.0 840 10 1
82 Gordie Soltau* 28 K/LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 620 14.4 6 54 3.6 51.7 620 6 1
88 Harry Babcock 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 59 8.4 0 13 0.7 5.9 59 0 0
64 Doug Hogland 22 LT 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.2 -2 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 443 2230 26 60 5.0 185.8 36.9 174 2407 13.8 22 71 14.5 200.6 4637 48 28
Opp Total 12 398 1548 12 3.9 129.0 33.2 173 1877 10.8 17 14.4 156.4 3425 29 33

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
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR/RH 12 0 15 104 0 25 6.9 15 368 0 55 24.5 1449
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR/LH 12 0 8 93 0 50 11.6 16 551 0 82 34.4 1137
23 Rex Berry 29 LDH 12 0 7 42 0 17 6.0 1 37 0 37 37.0 79
44 Pete Schabarum 24 10 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 2 50 0 27 25.0 250
45 Fred Bruney 22 RS 12 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 2 46 0 25 23.0 57
88 Harry Babcock 23 10 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 62
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 2 21 0 11 10.5 1230
27 Ken Bahnsen 23 7 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 22
33 Hardy Brown 29 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
73 Leo Nomellini*+ 29 RDT 12 12 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 25.2 12 33 250 0 50 7.6 43 1105 0 82 25.7 5992
Opp Total 12 27 1577 0 58.4 59 1264 0 21.4

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
82 Gordie Soltau* 28 K/LE 12 0 15 10 66.7%% 49 48 98.0%%
15 Jim Powers 25 P 12 2 42 1706 55 1 40.6
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 3 0.0%%
Team Total 25.2 12 18 10 55.6%% 49 48 98.0%% 42 1706 55 1 40.6
Opp Total 12 16 9 56.3%% 30 30 100.0%% 60 2459 41.0

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
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR/LH 12 0 2 29 0 17 0 0 5 3 0 0
23 Rex Berry 29 LDH 12 0 7 142 1 29 0 0 1 2 0 0
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 0 8 1 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR/RH 12 0 0 6 1 0 0
42 Lowell Wagner 30 RDH 10 0 6 135 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Fred Bruney 22 RS 12 0 5 59 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Y.A. Tittle* 27 QB 11 10 0 3 2 0 0
46 Clay Matthews 25 9 0 0 0 4 0 0
36 John Morton 24 LLB 10 0 2 16 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Hardy Brown 29 12 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Art Michalik* 23 MG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
73 Leo Nomellini*+ 29 RDT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
87 Charley Powell 21 LDE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
82 Gordie Soltau* 28 K/LE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 Billy Wilson 26 RE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 Harry Babcock 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Don Burke 27 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Jim Monachino 24 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
44 Pete Schabarum 24 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 23 388 1 32 0 0 28 26 0 0
Opp Total 12 30 33 16

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
82 Gordie Soltau* 28 K/LE 12 0 6 6 48 10 114
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 10 3 13 78
84 Billy Wilson 26 RE 12 0 10 10 60
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR/LH 12 0 6 1 7 42
14 Y.A. Tittle* 27 QB 11 10 6 6 36
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR/RH 12 0 3 2 5 30
23 Rex Berry 29 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
48 Billy Mixon 24 LS 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 12 26 22 1 49 48 10 372
Opp Total 12 12 17 1 30 9 237

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 PHI W, 31-21 1 18 pass Joe Arenas 18 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1953-09-27 PHI W, 31-21 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1953-09-27 PHI W, 31-21 3 39 pass Billy Wilson 39 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1953-09-27 PHI W, 31-21 4 37 pass Billy Wilson 37 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1953-10-04 RAM W, 31-30 2 3 pass Billy Wilson 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1953-10-04 RAM W, 31-30 3 11 pass Joe Perry 11 yard pass from Hugh McElhenny (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1953-10-04 RAM W, 31-30 3 11 rush Joe Perry 11 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1953-10-04 RAM W, 31-30 4 1 rush Billy Mixon 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1953-10-11 @ DET L, 21-24 1 5 pass Gordie Soltau 5 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1953-10-11 @ DET L, 21-24 2 10 rush Joe Arenas 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1953-10-11 @ DET L, 21-24 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1953-10-18 @ CHI W, 35-28 1 51 rush Joe Perry 51 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
13 1953-10-18 @ CHI W, 35-28 3 60 rush Joe Arenas 60 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1953-10-18 @ CHI W, 35-28 3 22 pass Billy Wilson 22 yard pass from Jim Powers (Gordie Soltau kick)
15 1953-10-18 @ CHI W, 35-28 4 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
16 1953-10-18 @ CHI W, 35-28 4 3 rush Joe Perry 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1953-10-25 DET L, 10-14 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1953-11-01 CHI W, 24-14 1 17 rush Joe Arenas 17 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1953-11-01 CHI W, 24-14 1 19 pass Billy Wilson 19 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
20 1953-11-01 CHI W, 24-14 2 8 rush Hugh McElhenny 8 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1953-11-08 @ RAM W, 31-27 2 7 pass Billy Wilson 7 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1953-11-08 @ RAM W, 31-27 2 60 pass Joe Perry 60 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1953-11-08 @ RAM W, 31-27 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1953-11-08 @ RAM W, 31-27 4 17 pass Gordie Soltau 17 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
25 1953-11-15 @ CLE L, 21-23 2 6 rush Hugh McElhenny 6 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
26 1953-11-15 @ CLE L, 21-23 4 31 pass Hugh McElhenny 31 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1953-11-15 @ CLE L, 21-23 4 7 rush Y.A. Tittle 7 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1953-11-22 @ GNB W, 37-7 1 5 rush Hugh McElhenny 5 yard rush
29 1953-11-22 @ GNB W, 37-7 1 30 pass Billy Wilson 30 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
30 1953-11-22 @ GNB W, 37-7 2 17 rush Joe Perry 17 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
31 1953-11-22 @ GNB W, 37-7 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
32 1953-11-22 @ GNB W, 37-7 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
33 1953-11-29 @ BAL W, 38-21 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
34 1953-11-29 @ BAL W, 38-21 1 9 pass Gordie Soltau 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
35 1953-11-29 @ BAL W, 38-21 2 61 pass Billy Wilson 61 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
36 1953-11-29 @ BAL W, 38-21 3 54 pass Gordie Soltau 54 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
37 1953-11-29 @ BAL W, 38-21 3 2 rush Joe Arenas 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
38 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 1 2 rush Joe Arenas 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
39 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 1 19 pass Hugh McElhenny 19 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
40 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 2 19 rush Joe Perry 19 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
41 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 3 12 rush Joe Arenas 12 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
42 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 3 30 interception Rex Berry 30 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
43 1953-12-06 GNB W, 48-14 4 2 pass Billy Wilson 2 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
44 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 1 40 rush Joe Perry 40 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
45 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 2 3 pass Gordie Soltau 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
46 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 2 3 pass Joe Perry 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
47 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 2 3 pass Billy Wilson 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
48 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 3 9 pass Gordie Soltau 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
49 1953-12-13 BAL W, 45-14 4 1 rush Joe Perry 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 PHI L, 21-31 1 1 rush Adrian Burk 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1953-09-27 PHI L, 21-31 3 3 pass Bobby Walston 3 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1953-09-27 PHI L, 21-31 4 10 pass Pete Pihos 10 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Al Pollard kick)
4 1953-10-04 RAM L, 30-31 1 66 pass Bob Boyd 66 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
5 1953-10-04 RAM L, 30-31 2 7 pass Elroy Hirsch 7 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
6 1953-10-04 RAM L, 30-31 3 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
7 1953-10-11 @ DET W, 24-21 1 23 pass Cloyce Box 23 yard pass from Doak Walker (Doak Walker kick)
8 1953-10-11 @ DET W, 24-21 2 4 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 4 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
9 1953-10-11 @ DET W, 24-21 3 36 pass Leon Hart 36 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
10 1953-10-18 @ CHI L, 28-35 1 fumble Bill Wightkin yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
11 1953-10-18 @ CHI L, 28-35 1 12 pass Billy Stone 12 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
12 1953-10-18 @ CHI L, 28-35 1 21 blocked punt Ed Sprinkle 21 yard blocked punt return (George Blanda kick)
13 1953-10-18 @ CHI L, 28-35 4 4 rush Fred Morrison 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1953-10-25 DET W, 14-10 2 47 pass Dorne Dibble 47 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
15 1953-10-25 DET W, 14-10 4 24 pass Ollie Cline 24 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
16 1953-11-01 CHI L, 14-24 1 7 pass Bill McColl 7 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
17 1953-11-01 CHI L, 14-24 2 12 rush Billy Stone 12 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
18 1953-11-08 @ RAM L, 27-31 2 1 pass Elroy Hirsch 1 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1953-11-08 @ RAM L, 27-31 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1953-11-08 @ RAM L, 27-31 4 39 rush Tank Younger 39 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1953-11-15 @ CLE W, 23-21 1 5 rush Billy Reynolds 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1953-11-15 @ CLE W, 23-21 4 34 pass Ray Renfro 34 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
23 1953-11-22 @ GNB L, 7-37 2 8 rush Babe Parilli 8 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
24 1953-11-29 @ BAL L, 21-38 3 3 rush John Huzvar 3 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
25 1953-11-29 @ BAL L, 21-38 4 16 pass Mel Embree 16 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Buck McPhail kick)
26 1953-11-29 @ BAL L, 21-38 4 32 pass Dan Edwards 32 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Buck McPhail kick)
27 1953-12-06 GNB L, 14-48 2 1 rush Fred Cone 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
28 1953-12-06 GNB L, 14-48 4 42 pass Don Barton 42 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick)
29 1953-12-13 BAL L, 14-45 2 12 pass Dan Edwards 12 yard pass from Ed Mioduszewski (Buck McPhail kick)
30 1953-12-13 BAL L, 14-45 4 5 pass Buddy Young 5 yard pass from Ed Mioduszewski (Buck McPhail kick)