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1955 San Francisco 49ers

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4-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.2, Offense: -3.8, Defense: -4.4, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 216 points (18.0/g), 10th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (24.8/g), 12th.
 Differential of -82 points (-6.8/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 3.8-8.2.

Coach: Red Strader (4-8-0)

Stadium: Kezar Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Mary's College (Moraga, 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 216 3651 747 4.9 46 18 13 204 151 303 1938 17 28 5.7 89 408 1713 12 4.2 102
Team Defense 298 4008 871 4.6 34 13 15 250 147 311 1873 10 21 5.6 103 538 2135 24 4.0 132
Lg Rank Offense 10 8 11 5 9 7 6 3 11 7 10 7 7 4
Lg Rank Defense 12 9 9 12 12 5 5 1 6 7 12 11 12 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-1 Los Angeles Rams 14 23 22 287 119 168 6 19 209 95 114 4
2 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-2 Cleveland Browns 3 38 8 139 72 67 2 21 357 147 210
3 Sun October 9 boxscore W 1-2 @ Chicago Bears 20 19 16 290 131 159 3 25 441 202 239 4
4 Sun October 16 boxscore W 2-2 @ Detroit Lions 27 24 15 430 316 114 6 13 200 47 153 3
5 Sun October 23 boxscore L 2-3 Chicago Bears 23 34 15 332 200 132 2 28 420 168 252 3
6 Sun October 30 boxscore W 3-3 Detroit Lions 38 21 26 438 189 249 5 25 401 286 115 3
7 Sun November 6 boxscore L 3-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 27 15 223 148 75 3 23 362 130 232 1
8 Sun November 13 boxscore L 3-5 @ Washington Redskins 0 7 15 212 136 76 4 15 225 59 166 6
9 Sun November 20 boxscore L 3-6 @ Green Bay Packers 21 27 19 398 212 186 5 26 438 187 251 4
10 Sun November 27 boxscore L 3-7 @ Baltimore Colts 14 26 14 296 148 148 4 22 392 200 192 2
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 3-8 Green Bay Packers 7 28 20 281 117 164 5 13 236 151 85 2
12 Sun December 11 boxscore W 4-8 Baltimore Colts 35 24 19 325 150 175 1 20 327 201 126 2

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 29 QB 12 12 4-8-0 147 287 51.2% 2185 17 5.9 28 9.8 78 7.6 4.4 14.9 182.1 56.6 0 0
12 Maury Duncan 24 11 0 4 12 33.3% 40 0 0.0 0 0.0 27 3.3 3.3 10.0 3.6 43.7 0 0
34 Joe Perry 28 FB 11 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
22 Joe Arenas 30 KR/LH/PR 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
47 Dicky Moegle* 21 LS 11 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 4-8-0 151 303 49.8% 2225 17 5.6 28 9.2 78 7.3 4.3 14.7 185.4 54.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 147 311 47.3% 2045 10 3.2 21 6.8 6.6 4.18 13.9 170.4 51.5 22 172 5.6 3.4 6.6

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 28 FB 11 0 156 701 2 42 4.5 63.7 14.2 19 55 2.9 1 19 1.7 5.0 756 3 6
39 Hugh McElhenny 27 RH 12 0 90 327 4 44 3.6 27.3 7.5 11 203 18.5 2 55 0.9 16.9 530 6 3
47 Dicky Moegle* 21 LS 11 0 41 235 5 39 5.7 21.4 3.7 4 94 23.5 0 53 0.4 8.5 329 5 2
22 Joe Arenas 30 KR/LH/PR 12 0 37 150 0 30 4.1 12.5 3.1 13 255 19.6 2 53 1.1 21.3 405 2 4
14 Y.A. Tittle 29 QB 12 12 23 114 0 35 5.0 9.5 1.9 114 0 2
36 Bud Laughlin 24 10 0 20 58 0 14 2.9 5.8 2.0 8 54 6.8 0 27 0.8 5.4 112 0 4
35 John Henry Johnson 26 7 0 19 69 1 12 3.6 9.9 2.7 2 6 3.0 0 11 0.3 0.9 75 1 0
27 Carroll Hardy 22 10 0 15 37 0 14 2.5 3.7 1.5 12 338 28.2 4 78 1.2 33.8 375 4 2
32 Lem Harkey 21 4 0 6 27 0 15 4.5 6.8 1.5 27 0 0
12 Maury Duncan 24 11 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.5 0.1 -5 0 1
84 Billy Wilson* 28 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 831 15.7 7 72 4.4 69.3 831 7 0
82 Gordie Soltau 30 K/LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 358 13.8 1 36 2.2 29.8 358 1 0
88 Harry Babcock 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 31 10.3 0 16 0.4 3.9 31 0 1
Team Total 25.7 12 408 1713 12 44 4.2 142.8 34.0 151 2225 14.7 17 78 12.6 185.4 3938 29 25
Opp Total 12 538 2135 24 4.0 177.9 44.8 147 1873 12.7 10 12.3 156.1 4008 34 19

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
22 Joe Arenas 30 KR/LH/PR 12 0 21 55 0 7 2.6 24 594 0 42 24.8 1054
47 Dicky Moegle* 21 LS 11 0 8 36 0 21 4.5 10 249 0 61 24.9 614
39 Hugh McElhenny 27 RH 12 0 7 10 0 10 1.4 9 189 0 31 21.0 729
27 Carroll Hardy 22 10 0 3 65 0 30 21.7 440
23 Rex Berry 31 RDH 12 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
75 Al Carapella 28 MG 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
55 Matt Hazeltine 22 LLB 12 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
35 John Henry Johnson 26 7 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 81
36 Bud Laughlin 24 10 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 137
68 Lou Palatella 22 RG 9 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
87 Charley Powell 23 RDE 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
74 Bob Toneff*+ 25 LDT 11 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.7 12 39 118 0 21 3.0 51 1147 0 61 22.5 5203
Opp Total 12 40 1535 1 38.4 37 867 0 23.4

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
49 Bobby Luna 22 P/RS 12 0 63 2558 63 3 40.6
82 Gordie Soltau 30 K/LE 12 0 12 3 25.0%% 30 27 90.0%%
Team Total 25.7 12 12 3 25.0%% 30 27 90.0%% 63 2558 63 3 40.6
Opp Total 12 24 12 50.0%% 37 36 97.3%% 57 2421 42.5

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
47 Dicky Moegle* 21 LS 11 0 6 50 0 37 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Joe Arenas 30 KR/LH/PR 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
34 Joe Perry 28 FB 11 0 0 6 0 0 0
36 Bud Laughlin 24 10 0 0 4 1 0 0
46 Clay Matthews 27 LDE 12 0 1 19 0 19 0 0 0 4 0 0
39 Hugh McElhenny 27 RH 12 0 0 3 2 0 0
23 Rex Berry 31 RDH 12 0 3 69 1 44 0
33 Hardy Brown 31 RLB 12 0 2 28 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 George Maderos 22 LDH 8 0 2 23 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Marion Campbell 26 RDT 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Carroll Hardy 22 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
49 Bobby Luna 22 P/RS 12 0 2 0 0 0 0
86 Tom Stolhandske 24 12 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Y.A. Tittle 29 QB 12 12 0 2 0 0 0
88 Harry Babcock 25 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
57 Paul Carr 24 10 0 1 11 0 11 0
12 Maury Duncan 24 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Matt Hazeltine 22 LLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Doug Hogland 24 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 John Henry Johnson 26 7 0 1 29 0 29 0
65 Eldred Kraemer 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Lou Palatella 22 RG 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Charley Powell 23 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Toneff*+ 25 LDT 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 12 21 242 1 44 0 0 25 20 0 0
Opp Total 12 36 19 6 2

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 30 K/LE 12 0 1 1 27 3 42
84 Billy Wilson* 28 RE 12 0 7 7 42
39 Hugh McElhenny 27 RH 12 0 4 2 6 36
47 Dicky Moegle* 21 LS 11 0 5 5 30
27 Carroll Hardy 22 10 0 4 4 24
34 Joe Perry 28 FB 11 0 2 1 3 18
22 Joe Arenas 30 KR/LH/PR 12 0 2 2 12
23 Rex Berry 31 RDH 12 0 1 1 6
35 John Henry Johnson 26 7 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.7 12 12 17 1 30 27 3 216
Opp Total 12 24 10 1 2 36 12 2 298

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 RAM L, 14-23 3 3 rush John Henry Johnson 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1955-09-25 RAM L, 14-23 4 42 pass Hugh McElhenny 42 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1955-10-09 @ CHI W, 20-19 1 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush
4 1955-10-09 @ CHI W, 20-19 2 1 pass Billy Wilson 1 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1955-10-09 @ CHI W, 20-19 3 20 pass Billy Wilson 20 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1955-10-16 @ DET W, 27-24 2 53 pass Joe Arenas 53 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
7 1955-10-16 @ DET W, 27-24 4 10 rush Dicky Moegle 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1955-10-16 @ DET W, 27-24 4 44 interception Rex Berry 44 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1955-10-16 @ DET W, 27-24 4 5 rush Joe Perry 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1955-10-23 CHI L, 23-34 1 37 pass Billy Wilson 37 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1955-10-23 CHI L, 23-34 2 5 rush Dicky Moegle 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1955-10-23 CHI L, 23-34 4 72 pass Billy Wilson 72 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
13 1955-10-30 DET W, 38-21 1 3 rush Joe Perry 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1955-10-30 DET W, 38-21 1 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
15 1955-10-30 DET W, 38-21 2 11 rush Dicky Moegle 11 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
16 1955-10-30 DET W, 38-21 2 78 pass Carroll Hardy 78 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1955-10-30 DET W, 38-21 4 14 pass Joe Perry 14 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1955-11-06 @ RAM L, 14-27 1 14 pass Carroll Hardy 14 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1955-11-06 @ RAM L, 14-27 2 55 pass Hugh McElhenny 55 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
20 1955-11-20 @ GNB L, 21-27 1 3 rush Dicky Moegle 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1955-11-20 @ GNB L, 21-27 2 33 pass Carroll Hardy 33 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1955-11-20 @ GNB L, 21-27 3 58 pass Carroll Hardy 58 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1955-11-27 @ BAL L, 14-26 3 44 pass Billy Wilson 44 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1955-11-27 @ BAL L, 14-26 4 32 pass Gordie Soltau 32 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
25 1955-12-04 GNB L, 7-28 1 12 pass Billy Wilson 12 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
26 1955-12-11 BAL W, 35-24 1 3 rush Dicky Moegle 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1955-12-11 BAL W, 35-24 2 10 pass Billy Wilson 10 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1955-12-11 BAL W, 35-24 2 39 pass Joe Arenas 39 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
29 1955-12-11 BAL W, 35-24 2 13 rush Hugh McElhenny 13 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
30 1955-12-11 BAL W, 35-24 3 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 RAM W, 23-14 1 1 rush Tom McCormick 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
2 1955-09-25 RAM W, 23-14 2 17 pass Corky Taylor 17 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
3 1955-09-25 RAM W, 23-14 4 3 rush Dan Towler 3 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
4 1955-10-02 CLE W, 38-3 1 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
5 1955-10-02 CLE W, 38-3 2 1 rush Ed Modzelewski 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
6 1955-10-02 CLE W, 38-3 2 1 rush Fred Morrison 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
7 1955-10-02 CLE W, 38-3 3 1 rush Ed Modzelewski 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
8 1955-10-02 CLE W, 38-3 4 5 rush Maurice Bassett 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
9 1955-10-09 @ CHI L, 19-20 2 7 rush George Blanda 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
10 1955-10-09 @ CHI L, 19-20 3 1 rush Bobby Watkins 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1955-10-16 @ DET L, 24-27 1 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
12 1955-10-16 @ DET L, 24-27 2 2 rush Dave Middleton 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
13 1955-10-16 @ DET L, 24-27 3 11 rush Dave Middleton 11 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
14 1955-10-23 CHI W, 34-23 2 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
15 1955-10-23 CHI W, 34-23 3 5 rush Ed Brown 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1955-10-23 CHI W, 34-23 3 4 rush Bobby Watkins 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1955-10-23 CHI W, 34-23 4 32 rush Ed Brown 32 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
18 1955-10-30 DET L, 21-38 2 24 pass Doak Walker 24 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
19 1955-10-30 DET L, 21-38 3 7 pass Leon Hart 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1955-10-30 DET L, 21-38 4 3 rush Lew Carpenter 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
21 1955-11-06 @ RAM W, 27-14 3 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
22 1955-11-06 @ RAM W, 27-14 4 10 interception Andy Robustelli 10 yard interception return (Les Richter kick)
23 1955-11-06 @ RAM W, 27-14 4 55 interception Corky Taylor 55 yard interception return (Les Richter kick)
24 1955-11-13 @ WAS W, 7-0 3 12 rush Bert Zagers 12 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
25 1955-11-20 @ GNB W, 27-21 2 30 pass Joe Johnson 30 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
26 1955-11-20 @ GNB W, 27-21 4 34 pass Gary Knafelc 34 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
27 1955-11-20 @ GNB W, 27-21 4 6 rush Howie Ferguson 6 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
28 1955-11-27 @ BAL W, 26-14 2 19 pass Jim Mutscheller 19 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
29 1955-11-27 @ BAL W, 26-14 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush
30 1955-11-27 @ BAL W, 26-14 4 21 rush George Shaw 21 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
31 1955-12-04 GNB W, 28-7 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
32 1955-12-04 GNB W, 28-7 2 28 blocked punt Len Szafaryn 28 yard blocked punt return (Fred Cone kick)
33 1955-12-04 GNB W, 28-7 2 1 rush Breezy Reid 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
34 1955-12-04 GNB W, 28-7 3 60 pass Breezy Reid 60 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
35 1955-12-11 BAL L, 24-35 3 33 pass Jim Mutscheller 33 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
36 1955-12-11 BAL L, 24-35 4 14 rush George Shaw 14 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
37 1955-12-11 BAL L, 24-35 4 1 pass Lloyd Colteryahn 1 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)